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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JANUARY 18: Adam Pelech #3 of the New York Islanders squeezes Jake DeBrusk #74 of the Boston Bruins into the boards during the second period at the Nassau Coliseum on January 18, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

(Listen to Ty Anderson on Toucher and Rich starting at 19:22.)

Ty Anderson of 98.5 The Sports Hub has concerns about the Bruins early in the season. And as he explained to Toucher and Rich, they’re the same concerns that he had a year ago.

The Bruins continue to struggle scoring at even strength, and it has reached a new low in the first three games of the 2020-21 season.

“Last night [against the Islanders] I thought was the bottoming out, where the first period was pretty good from a shots standpoint, the second period is where they get their best looks, and then it’s nothing until the final 50 seconds of the game,” Anderson said. “Just not a recipe for success.

“It’s three games, so you don’t want to panic too, too much, but it’s the same problems as last year. Now we’re praying for David Pastrnak to come back so they can be a one-line team again.”

The Bruins need more out of Charlie Coyle and other established forwards offensively. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Bruins need more out of Charlie Coyle and other established forwards offensively. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Even after Pastrnak returns from injury, the B’s may struggle to find consistent secondary scoring beyond their first line – which is not a new issue. Guys like Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk are certainly better than what they’ve shown so far.

“You need more pop offensively, and I think that’s when you look at your leaders,” Anderson said. “I think Charlie Coyle has a lot more to give you than what he’s given you. I think the same for DeBrusk. He finally was noticeable [against the Isles], but he was playing with Bergeron and Marchand, so who do you want to credit for that?

“They have a lot of guys that should be established by now, that should be giving them a lot more offensively than what they are.”

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You can listen to the full Toucher and Rich interview with Ty Anderson above, starting around the 19:22 mark. Anderson also co-hosts the weekly podcast SideLines with Matt Dolloff, which you can listen to below.

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