Do Felger and Mazz want the Bruins to break the NHL regular season points record?
Felger & Mazz
The Boston Bruins are on pace to break the record for most points in an NHL regular season. On Friday’s Felger and Mazz, the guys discussed the record and if they want the Bruins to break it.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 19: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his second period goal against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 19, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Do the guys want the Bruins to get the record?
Felger: That late seventies Montreal team, I don’t need to tell you Boston if you’re of a certain age that team, they were 60-8-12. Now, were the points different then?
Mazz: Yes. You couldn’t get one point for a tie.
Felger: You didn’t get one point for a tie.
Mazz: So you had to win outright.
Felger: That’s right. So they’re 132 would be greater than your 134, meaning tougher degree of difficulty. Be that as it may, I don’t know if the record book would delineate that. I think the record book would say if the Bruins finished with 134 points, they set the record for the best regular season in NHL history. Do you want that?
Felger: Of course you don’t want that.
Mazz: No, absolutely not. By the way…Montreal that year went 60-8-12 (Host not listening!)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 19: Jeremy Swayman #1 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 19, 2023 in New York City. The Bruins defeated the Rangers 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images )
Felger: The goals against, though, they’re at 96 on the year. The next team has 120 against. I mean they’re the number one goals against team in the league by far.
Mazz: Okay so some of that don’t you think is team’s realizing they’re going to get beat with 7 minutes to go and, you know, they give away whatever that is 15% of the game because they just say “that’s we’re not going to win tonight”.
Felger: No, I don’t think that’s.
Mazz: I mean the Bruins have so many big leads late in this games. They’ve dominated the third period.
Felger: I guess. Their goal differential is just about double the next team. They’re +77 on the year.
Felger: The Devils again are second I think +39.
Mazz: I’m telling you it’s not normal. It’s not. It’s not normal. And like I do worry about this type of thing reinforcing a false sense of confidence because the game’s not built that way. Seattle last night beat New Jersey, too. You see that?
Felger: No, but see, I’m not worried about that. I’m not worried about that thing.
Mazz: I am.
Felger: Because there’s just too many guys who’ve been around the block have been through this so many times. I’m not worried about that. I’m worried about them putting too much pressure on themselves to win regular season games or chase som furcachta regular season record and then be a little emotionally spent by the time they get to the real games. You empty the bucket to catch the 1977 Montreal Canadiens the last week of April. Then what happens the third week of April when you’re in the playoffs? Do you have a letdown because you were gunning for the record? That’s what I would fear. I don’t want them to fall into that trap. You win the games then you win the games. But, you know, manage it in the second half for the playoffs.
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