By Tom Zotti - 22 February 2012: Well, our extended All-Star break is over and the View from the Sin Bin is back. Problem is, it appears the Bruins are still on their break. The B’s have hit the proverbial rough patch since around the first of the year, going 11-12-1 since January 1. The Black-and-Gold are still in second place in the Eastern Conference, but the Rangers are pulling away from the pack.
What happened? In a word, everything. Goaltending has come back to earth. Tim Thomas is starting to look his age and may be distracted by his off-ice Facebook issues, although he claims not to be. Tuukka Rask has looked good at times, but has been inconsistent. The defense is still there, but the big problem seems to be a distinct lack of consistent goal scoring. The Flyers have overtaken the B’s in leading the league in goals scored per game. The Bruins are now fourth in the NHL in goals against per game, after having led the league in both categories.
On the bright side, Tyler Seguin continues to improve and has looked almost magical at times. He’s second on the team with 46 points (20-26), two behind the biggest All-Star snub of the last ten years, Patrice Bergeron (17-31). Milan Lucic is third with 42 (20-22). Adam McQuaid has emerged as a physical force on the blue line.
But something is missing. Nathan Horton will be out indefinitely with a concussion. It appears related to the one he suffered during the Stanly Cup finals last year. His offensive spark is missed in the first line. The Bin went to the post office the other day and saw a picture of Joe Corvo on the wall. ‘Nuff said.
Time for a shakeup before this season devolves even more. Carter Camper was called up this week. He has 38 points (14-24) with the P-Bruins this season. Not sure he’ll be lighting the lamp regularly on his first call up with the big team, but we’ll see. You’ll recall last year’s mid-season trade that brought Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly to Beantown. Peter Chiarelli and company may want to look at a Rick Nash (although the price will be high), Ray Whitney, or perhaps Jeff Carter.
The sky is not falling, but there are storm clouds off on the horizon.