Mike Milbury on Bruin's struggling power play (video)
As Milbury suggests in his analysis here (fromCSNNE.com) , the Bruin's continuing inability to score on the power play really is puzzling, because the talent is there. Their roster is talented from top to bottom, and they certainly have a number of players capable of lighting the lamp regularly.
But for some reason, they are not capitalizing with the one-man advantage. I tend to agree with Milbury in his assertion that it is really just a lack of execution and confidence, and that it really comes down to the players to resolve this issue.
Claude Julien needs to figure out which grouping of players gives the team the best chance to score on the power play, whether that be with more forwards, or a more defensive based unit as Milbury suggested. But there is only so much Julien can do from the bench.
This is a situation where the players just need to step it up, plain and simple, and put the puck in the net when they have the best chance to do so. Tyler Seguin has not been producing at the level many anticipated, and hopefully he will turn that around.
The Bruins are clearly doing fine despite going 3/34 on PP chances so far this year. If they can improve in that area, they could truly be unstoppable. All in all, I think Milbury is right in stating that this isn't an issue of talent. The talent is there. They just need to execute and play to the level they are capable of.
Tonight will be a big test against a Sabres team that just lit them up for seven goals. A strong offensive showing will be critical for the Bruins to get one back in Buffalo tonight.