Among all the statistics that add up to explain why the Boston Bruins woke up this morning atop the Eastern Conference and neck and neck with San Jose for the most points in the entire NHL, one sticks out in my mind as the most astonishing: road winning percentage.
Through their first 21 road games, the Bruins have compiled a 14-4-3 record — a league-high .667 road win percentage. The fast start is a far cry from the away records the Bruins compiled last season (20-13-8) and the year before (17-22-2).
Goaltender Tim Thomas has been a major reason for the club’s ability to continually prevail away from Boston. He’s received the majority of the Bruins’ road starts (14) and compiled a 10-2-2 record with a 1.82 goals-against average, .940 save percentage and three shutouts. (more…)