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A statistical look at the Bruins’ win over the Devils
Posted By DJ Bean On October 17, 2010 @ 10:34 am In General | 2 Comments
The Bruins went into Newark and beat the Devils with a well-balanced offensive attack and impressive goaltending from 36-year-old Tim Thomas  in a 4-1 win. Each line contributed a goal — Milan Lucic , Jordan Caron, Michael Ryder , and Shawn Thornton  represented lines one through four on the scoring sheet — and Thomas’ 31 saves helped him outduel Martin Brodeur  in a battle of Vezina-winning netminders. Here’s a closer statistical look at the victory.
- Nathan Horton  led the Bruins with five shots on goal, and after three games, Zdeno Chara  has the most on the team with 13. Offensively, here’s how many shots on Brodeur each line produced (naturally, this stat doesn’t take into account special teams bids, but it still gives you a good idea. Defensemen are not included).
First line (11): Lucic (2, G) – Krejci (4, A) – Horton (5, A)
Second line (3): Caron (1, G) – Bergeron (2) – Wheeler (0)
Third line (6): Recchi (1, A) – Seguin (1, A) – Ryder (4, G)
Fourth line (6): Marchand (3, A) – Campbell (0, A) – Thornton (3, G)
The most alarming number that should come from this is that the fourth line had twice as many shots on goal as the second line. With his goose egg on Saturday, Blake Wheeler  now has just two shots on goal in his last two games. His play throughout the preseason and to this point has been much improved from where it was a year ago, but he’ll need to focus more on putting pucks on net, as he did five times in the season-opener.
- After going 0-for-3 with a man advantage, the Bruins’ power play is now 1-for-11 on the season, good for a 9.1 power play percentage, which is 24th in the league. Killing off four penalties effectively helped the Bruins push their penalty kill percentage up 85.7, good for 13th in the NHL .
- The first line has been consistently productive on the young season, with Lucic, David Krejci , and Horton all registering points in each game. Horton leads with the team with three goals and Krejci leads the B’s with four assists.
- Not to overreact to a two-game sample size, but this is statistically the best start Thomas has gotten off to in such a short stretch. He leads the league in broth goals against average (0.50) and save percentage (.984). Fellow Hockey East product Jonathan Quick  of the Kings (0.97) is the only other goalie in the league with a sub-1.00 GAA. The problem, of course, is that Thomas is splitting time with the guy who led both categories last season in Tuukka Rask .
- Caron’s minutes certainly appear to be on the upswing, as the rookie followed up last Sunday’s 9:42 of ice time with 13:01 on Saturday.
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URLs in this post:
 Tim Thomas: http://media.weei.com/hockey/tim-thomas.htm
 Milan Lucic: http://media.weei.com/hockey/milan-lucic.htm
 Michael Ryder: http://media.weei.com/hockey/michael-ryder.htm
 Shawn Thornton: http://media.weei.com/hockey/shawn-thornton.htm
 Martin Brodeur: http://media.weei.com/hockey/martin-brodeur.htm
 Nathan Horton: http://media.weei.com/hockey/nathan-horton.htm
 Zdeno Chara: http://media.weei.com/hockey/zdeno-chara.htm
 Blake Wheeler: http://media.weei.com/hockey/blake-wheeler.htm
 NHL: http://media.weei.com/hockey/nhl.htm
 David Krejci: http://media.weei.com/hockey/david-krejci.htm
 Jonathan Quick: http://media.weei.com/hockey/jonathan-quick.htm
 Tuukka Rask: http://media.weei.com/hockey/tuukka-rask.htm
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