There hasn’t been much to complain about with the Bruins this season.
They’ve been the league’s best team from the jump, and they continue to rack up records, seemingly every week at this point. (To that point, the Bruins have a chance to become the fastest team to 50 wins in NHL history Thursday night when they play host to Connor McDavid and the Oilers at TD Garden.) But if there’s one thing that’s left Jim Montgomery and the Bruins wanting more, it’s their power play.
Clicking at a 13.5 percent success rate since the start of February, Boston’s power play is ranked 25th in the league over that span entering tonight’s contest. It’s shown no signs of turning around, either, as the Bruins have converted on just three of their 22 power-play opportunities over their last seven games.
It’s all been enough for Montgomery to make a change that will debut tonight, with Dmitry Orlov expected to quarterback Boston’s top unit in place of usual quarterback Charlie McAvoy.
“Our power play is kind of stalled,” Montgomery said. “It’s been flat, right? And if you look at the Bergeron unit, they’ve scored two goals over the last I don’t know how many games and only one goal really was an in-zone goal [and it was in] DeBrusk’s first game back from injury. So we have the the opportunity to experiment, so we’re experimenting.”