The Bruins offensive struggles are well documented of late. The Bruins power-play struggles are well documented since the Marc Savard injury.
In 25 games, in which Savard played, the Bruins power-play percentage clipped along at 19.54%. Extrapolated to the full season this would have ranked them 8th in the NHL, instead of the 20th they actually finished with a 16.2% success rate.
Savard played in 41 games throughout this season during that time again the teams PP% was 19.5%. The Bruins average for the full 82-game schedule was again in the 16% range at 16.6%. Savard had 16 PP Points, one for every 10th PP attempt. The Bruins drew a league 2nd to last 265 penalties over 82 games for a 3.2 TPP/GM in Savard’s 41 games that number rose to 3.87 TPP/GM.
Marc’s last full season. 30 PPP over the 82 games. The Bruins power play ranked 4th in the league with a 23.6%.The full season effect of Marc Savard cannot be overlooked in finishing with the most points in the Eastern Conference.
The Marc Savard effect is the difference every night between the Bruins winning the president’s trophy and being that unstoppable force they were that year. Their runs in the following 2 seasons, including the November and December play, that saw them go 26-3-1 in more than a 2 month span was achieved despite a power play that clicked at only 13%. The Bruins are by far the best 5 on 5 and short-handed team in the NHL. The only drawback continues to be the power play struggles that have loomed since Savard’s absence began.