Up and Down Bruins Lead East

By Lucas Frankel 11-21-13

© Charles Krupa/AP/Corbis

© Charles Krupa/AP/Corbis

The NHL season is full of ups and downs. It is the quarter mark of the NHL season and the Boston Bruins are in first place in the Eastern Conference with 29 points. Boston is tied for the conference lead with 14 wins, but the team has been up and down with a mix of two 2-game losing streaks and two 4-game winning streaks. Defense and goaltending are what has carried the Bruins to this point.  Goalie Tukka Rask leads the Conference with 1.61 goals against average and a .946 save percentage.  Boston also ranks 2nd in the league killing off 86.6 percent of opposing teams’ power plays. Milan Lucic has stepped up and is Boston’s leading scorer with 9 goals.  The additions of Jerome Iginla and Loui Errickson are paying dividends.  Iginla and Errickson have each scored 4 goals apiece and have a combined 22 points between them. Boston has gotten away with its inconsistent play, in large part because the rest of the conference has been just as bad if not worse.  The Bruins are really going to start being tested fast since 8 of the team’s next 10 games are against conference opponents.