The big, bad Bruins have been mostly bad of late, missing the Stanley Cup playoffs during both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 NHL seasons. Years of poor draft selections and some questionable trading decisions left the Bruins with an aging lineup that simply couldn’t maintain the sort of level of pace required to garner a postseason position. While the Bruins watched the playoffs those two successive springs, they got to see the likes of former Boston players like Tyler Seguin, Reilly Smith, Milan Lucic and Johnny Boychuk playing starring roles for playoff teams.
Much of Boston’s core has grown older while the team has continued to trade away prospects for rentals in failed bids to qualify for the postseason play. It’s proven to be a recipe for disaster.
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You’ll find the Boston Bruins scores and schedule located below and it was a dreadful finish that doomed the Bruins to playoff failure during the 2015-16 NHL campaign.
A 3-8-1 finish to the season left the Bruins one point shy of a playoff position.
It didn’t help Boston’s cause that the Bruins won just two of their last eight games on home ice. But this was a systemic failure by the Bruins – a front office that made poor personnel decisions, a scouting staff that failed the team on draft day, and players who through either advanged age or injury didn’t live up to expectations.
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It was a mid-March West Coast road swing that resulted in losses in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles that launched the Bruins on their downward spiral that utlimately cost the team a spot in the 2015-16 Stanley Cup playoffs.
It probably didn’t help that star forward David Krejci was bothered all season by a nagging hip ailment that was corrected via off-season surgery.
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|10||St. Louis Blues||99||82||38||29||235||218|
|11||San Jose Sharks||99||82||38||29||221||201|
|14||Toronto Maple Leafs||95||82||33||27||251||242|
|17||New York Islanders||94||82||33||29||241||242|
|18||Tampa Bay Lightning||94||82||32||30||234||227|
|22||Los Angeles Kings||86||82||25||35||201||205|
|25||Detroit Red Wings||79||82||17||36||207||244|
|27||New Jersey Devils||70||82||18||40||183||244|
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Defence was always the name of the game in Boston. The Bruins rarely found themselves far from the top in the race for the William Jennings Trophy for the lowest goals-against average in the NHL but as they’ve drifted out of playoff status, the Bruins’ defensive game has also hit the skids.
Two stalwarts of their blueline, captain Zdeno Chara is nearing his 40s and Dennis Seidenberg his mid-30s, yet the Bruins inexplicably dealt away young stud defender Dougie Hamilton. There’s also concern about Torey Krug, who’s been plagued by shoulder issues.
Meanwhile, goalie Tuukka Rask hasn’t looked as sharp in recent seasons and it could be that the workload he’s carried is beginning to take a toll on him.
In 2010-11 as they won the Stanley Cup, two of the Boston Bruins’ top three scorers were David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron. In 2015-16 as they missed the Stanley Cup playoffs, two of Boston’s top three scorers were David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron.
David Pastrnak (25th overall in 2014) was the only player chosen by the Bruins in any of the last six NHL entry drafts to finish among the team’s top 10 scorers in 2015-16. That lack of prospect development has crippled Boston’s ability to compete and explains the team’s sudden status as playoff outsiders.
One player who didn’t have to feel shame for Boston’s 2015-16 collapse was left-winger Brad Marchand. Already considered perhaps the NHL’s biggest pain in the neck to play against, Marchand upped his offensive game, potting 37 goals, the first time the peksy forward had ever topped the 30-goal plateau.
Scoring goals ins’t a problem for the Bruins. They had a trio of 30-goal scorers in 2015-16 and saw eight players reach double digits in goals.