Last night was a disaster. We all know that. The players know that. But with that being said, there are a few thing we (and hopefully the Bruins) can learn from last night that can help going forward. Obviously it won’t be a complete fix but these things can be done to help the situation:
- Put David Pastrnak on the power play. There is no reason not to do this. The Bruins had multiple power plays early in the game that could have put them up 2-3 goals and their absolute best sniper is drinking Gatorade on the bench. That can’t happen.
- Dress Colin Miller. He was THE best looking new young defenseman all camp. Matt Irwin got the start instead. That made zero sense. I get Claude doesn’t have the best roster to work with on the blue line, but man at least go to a fight with your best.
- Up Kevan Miller’s minutes. He played pretty well last night. They don’t have Chara and Seidenberg right now but if possible get him up near 25 minutes like Torey Krug instead of 21-22 minutes like Joe Morrow.
- Don’t stay complacent with the fourth line. Get Randell and Talbot in if needed. Keep those guys on their toes. Kelly looked bad last night and Kemppainen was overwhelmed at times.
- Don’t overreact and abandon the new style of play. I like what they’re going for, evidenced by the first period. I’d rather see them work at it instead of turn into a trap team.
It could be a long season but some of these basic things they control hurt themselves just as much as Winnipeg worked them. Now, it’s on to Montreal.