Brad Marchand clarifies the Bruins' situation

Published November 28, 2023 at 9:46 PM
BY CHRIST
The current record for the Boston Bruins stands at 14 wins, 3 losses, and 3 ties. However, their recent track record of 1 win, 3 losses, and 1 tie in the last five games doesn't stem from offensive difficulties. Rather, their recent defensive frailty has emerged as a worrisome concern.

After a 5-2 loss against Detroit last Friday, followed by a 7-4 defeat at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, and a subsequent 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets, the Bruins aim to reverse their fortunes against the San Jose Sharks this Thursday.

"I think we got a little too loose defensively," Marchand said to NESN's postgame coverage. "Our biggest problem this year is we just give up too many odd-man rushes and that was a big problem again. You can't expect to give up three and four breakaways a night and multiple two-on-ones and expect to win games. We need to be much tighter over the ice defensively."

In fulfilling his role as captain, Marchand mentions that each player must do their jobs.


"We've been loose. Missing coverage kind of everywhere on the ice," Marchand said. "It's gotta be a little bit more dialed in certain areas and that'll help with a little bit more practice. We haven't had a ton of practice. We go over it on video and try to talk about it but we need some reps at it and we'll work on that on Wednesday and hopefully be better on Thursday."

The Bruins will try to take advantage of an opponent with a record of 5-15-2.

"You can't have any weak links in this league," he said. "There's so much parity (in the league) you see it every night. The last-place team can win any night. You just have to be dialed in on your details and the biggest thing for our group is we always work. That's where it starts for us and we got to get back to that."

Source: NESN
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