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    Secondary scoring slump

    The Bruins have been in a slump as of late, going 2-3-2 since their 7-3 win at Lake Tahoe on February 21st. Injuries have been partly to blame. Ondrej Kase has barely played this season and Craig Smith, David Krejci, Brandon Carlo, Jeremy Lauzon and Kevan Miller have all missed time this season. Beyond the injuries, there is another flaw that is stopping the Bruins from not only getting out of their slump but being the best team in the NHL: secondary scoring.

    Boston has the best top line in hockey consisting of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Beyond that, however, the Bruins have been unable to find consistent offense. As a team the Bruins have scored 64 goals. The top line has accounted for 32 of them. Breaking it down to just forwards makes the numbers even more burdensome for the top line, as they have scored 32 out of 59 forward goals.

    Krejci does not have a goal this season, Jake DeBrusk has one and was benched on Tuesday night. Charlie Coyle has been terrific in his time with the Bruins, but has only three goals in his last 17 games in two of them came in one game against the Rangers. Kase was acquired in hopes that he would be the secondary scoring wing the Bruins were missing, but even when healthy he has struggled to find the back of the net.

    When the Bruins top line goes cold or gets hemmed in, such as they were in 2019 against the Blue or 2020 against the Lightning, Boston cannot win a playoff series. The Bruins have an elite goalie and their defense corps have moved on from Zdeno Chara in impressive fashion, but until they get consistent scoring beyond the top line they will remain a great-but-not-elite team. The answers could come from within if Krejci gets back on track and the Kase investment finally pays off. However, Don Sweeney needs to seriously consider making a significant move this season to add a secondary scorer in order for the Bruins to raise another Banner.

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