Over the past five games, the Bruins are 3-2 with the wins comings against the Devils, Hurricanes and the Blues and the losses against division rivals Toronto and Montreal. Every five games I will be ranking the players based on the games in question to track who may be on hot and cold streaks. Points are the biggest factor but overall play is also a factor as well.
(1) Patrice Bergeron
With six points in five games, Bergeron has clearly been one of the most reliable Bruins over that span. His season is starting to become a lot smoother with a very slow start. He has also taken over the Bruins players for most points on the team with 15.
(2) Tuukka Rask
Three wins in four of the five games, Rask’s only hiccup was in Toronto. He looked stellar against the Blues posting a 33 save shutout against one of the leagues best teams.
(3) Brad Marchand
Marchand’s play has cooled a bit after a nice streak of four goals in the previous five games played. Over the past five games, Marchand has totaled two goals and two assists. He did not play against St. Louis with an undisclosed injury.
(4) Seth Griffith
Seth Griffith has been arguably the third best forward on this team over the past five games, with a couple of hustle goals that have put the Bruins in great spots to win. With Krejci’s return to the lineup it will no doubt boost griffith’s offensive play.
(5) Loui Eriksson
Most of Loui’s success comes with the success of Soderberg. In the past five games Eriksson has only amounted two assists but has had a few quality scoring chances.
(6) Carl Soderberg
After a very explosive start, Soderberg has slowed in the past five games with only one point in that span and an even plus/minus rating. That being said, Soderberg has still been very efficient.
(7) Dougie Hamilton
There has been no question that Hamilton has been the Bruins best defenseman so far this season. That being said, Hamilton looked a little lost in the Canada losses and was demoted a pairing in the St. Louis game. Now with Adam McQuaid out, Hamilton will now be looked upon even more.
(8) Reilly Smith
Over the past two seasons we have seen Reilly Smith become a piece that the Bruins did not realize they were getting. He is ultimately a streaky scorer with most of his goals coming in bunches. Smith needs to gain more consistency.
(9) Dennis Seidenberg
Now the most experience defenseman on the Bruins roster who is healthy, Seidenberg is going to play top minutes going forward until the Bruins get healthy.
(10) Milan Lucic
With only one point in five games, Lucic hasn’t been as productive offensively as he has been known to be. That has a lot to do with the absence of Krejci. Lucic is at his best when he plays with his body.
(11) Torey Krug
Krug’s play, when in the lineup, has been very consistent this season. He is becoming more of a two-way defender than an offensive defenseman.
(12) Adam McQuaid
It’s too bad McQuaid is out for the next couple months. For the first time in his career, McQuaid was getting top three defenseman numbers and was being the shutdown defenseman the Bruins knew they had.
(13) Joe Morrow
The outstanding play of Joe Morrow has allowed the Bruins to gain trust in him to be able to have him in a top four role due to injuries. He doesn’t play a flashy game instead does him jobs first and takes chances second.
(14) Chris Kelly
Kelly is most effective when he is on the third line with Soderberg and Eriksson but with the Krejci out of the lineup, Kelly has skated in that spot and has been pointless in the five games.
(15) Matt Bartkowski
Bart has been the subject of much scrutiny this season but once Trotman was sent down, he looked like the player the Bruins had playing top four minutes last year. Only time will tell if this play continues.
(16) Matt Fraser
Although Fraser has been pointless in the past five games, he has down things that have let him stick around. Getting in a fight in Montreal and having strong two-way play against St. Louis have been standouts. Also that terrible non-goal call against the Blues has kept him scoreless.
(17) Gregory Campbell
The fourth line as a whole hasn’t really been too great this season but Campbell has been a key cog in the Bruins penalty killing machine.
(18) Niklas Svedberg
With only one start and a loss in the past five games, Svedberg will most likely get more time in the week going forward. He didn’t look bad in the loss against Montreal, the team as a whole didn’t help him too much.
(19) Daniel Paille
Still goal-less for the season, Paille has still been working hard and using his speed on the penalty kill.
(20) Zach Trotman
Sent down for two of the five games, Trotman has been recalled for McQuaid’s injury. Trotman showed promising play before going a plus/minus -2 at Toronto.
(21) David Krejci
Krejci has only played once in the past five games. He was held pointless in the 2-0 win against the Blues but Krejci’s play didn’t go unnoticed. He is absolutely a difference maker when he is on the ice.
(22) Simon Gagne
With only one point in 15 games played this season and none in the past five, Gagne is doing little to contribute offensively. Hopefully this will change going forward.