January 30, 2012
By Thomas Chace Jr.
The AHL All-Star Game will be played tonight in
. No tickets will be left for “Nucky” Thompson
to attend. Despite being over the
halfway point of the regular season it’s a good place to measure your team’s
success and find ways to improve your team with a little over 30 games
remaining. Atlantic City, NJ
The Providence Bruins only all-star representative is rookie Carter Camper who leads the team in points and has missed only one game this season. Carter was able to figure out early what he could and couldn’t do in his first professional season. The rest of the team is comprised of another seven or eight rookies who did not “get it” or flourish for much of the early season. Recently, it appears that these older boys are fast becoming young men. With a five game point streak and just two regulation losses in their last ten games, the young men are starting to come around.
Ranked tenth in the Eastern Conference, the Bruins are just two points out of the playoffs.
The fact that they even have a chance with their goal scoring deficiencies is quite amazing. Their leading goal scorer, Josh Hennessey, has 13 goals. The only other Bruin to have double digit goals scored is Camper with 10. The
Head Coach “Butch” Cassidy likes where the team is headed. Most of the early issues dealt with the sheer number of first year players on the club, the teaching and implementing of the Boston Bruins systems, some veteran injuries, and shuffling of lines and players. Cassidy states, “We’ve corrected some of our issues, at least away from the puck. We’re breaking out of our end much cleaner. We also have not allowed a lot of sustained pressure in our end of the ice.”
With those improvements and a young team gaining confidence weekly, it’s possible that the goals could start coming. A big road win a week ago against a strong Wilkes-Barre/Scranton club really had emotions running high. Emotion is what you want and what you need to succeed in a quest for the playoffs. The fans have been consistently attending all year and
They may have gotten off to a slow start but what really matters is the finish. Cassidy says, “This group has been resilient all year.” Will that positive trait and the ability of all the rookies to finally “get it” propel them into the playoffs for the first time in several seasons? Stay tuned…