Another pretty spiffy month for the Bruins. True, they were shutout once, and lost two games in a shootout, but they won nine of fourteen, maintained their position at the top of the division. Of the losses, two came to playoff teams. The unfamiliar Los Angeles Kings and the Penguins who the Bruins still have a winning record against.
Patrice Bergeron: 17 points +13 in 14 games outscoring all others in the month, where’s the surprise in finding him here again? Heck, the NHL even got it right and named him first star of the month.
Brad Marchand: Coincidence you say? A pox on your house! Putting a speedy, aggressive winger who has no fear of contact, a willingness to hit, shoot and play hard on a line with a future hall of famer and a legit three zone center who excels at faceoffs, puck protection and shredding opposing defense can lead to good things? Really, are you sure? Well apparently Julien knew this.
Zdeno Chara: A half dozen goals and assists apiece and a plus seven are pretty snazzy stats. Add in the fact that his four powerplay goals allowed the team to stay out of the NHL’s bottom third of team in powerplay percentage. He also added a shorthanded goal on the month. That’s captain material.
David Krejci: While at this point its clear to everyone he’s stumbling along through an injury, its past time he sat out a couple games to his feet back under him. Jack Edwards commented during a recent game that he was repeatedly flexing a knee on the ice isn’t good news. The fact that he had zero goals in January, and his shots on goal went down a full third from Decembers total is not good at all. Even with Savard out, the both Krejci and the team will be better off with him taking a several days off to get healthier.
Blake Wheeler: I’m still impressed by his work ethic, but at his salary he needs to produce goals. With just once goal in January, and being a minus in two of the last three Bruins games, he needs to stop over-thinking his shots and let them go. He actually had a four game points streak during the month but failed to convert the momentum.
Shawn Thornton: January is the only month of the season he did not record a goal. We expect more from a high end sniper.