After a ridiculously fast start on the power play, during which St. Louis led the NHL in power-play efficiency for much of the early weeks of the 2008-09 season, the Blues power play has settled into seventh in the league heading into tonight’s visit by the Boston Bruins to Scottrade Center. That’s still pretty potent for a team near the bottom of the overall NHL standings.
So more than ever it’ll be important for the Bruins to stay out of the penalty box tonight. They started out on that track poorly yesterday against Carolina but then rectified the situation. Still without Andrew Ference and Aaron Ward on defense, and probably now short Patrice Bergeron up front, the ranks of the Bruins’ proficient penalty-killers has been diminished. (more…)