5 things we learned as Bruins get shut out by Predators in another loss vs. West

DJ Bean
February 18, 2016 - 5:51 pm

Thursday provided the Bruins an opportunity to score a whole bunch of goals against a bad goalie. Guess what they didn'€™t do at all? Despite Pekke Rinne entering Thursday'€™s with an .884 save percentage in his previous 15 games, the Bruins were shut out by the Nashville netminder in a 2-0 loss to the Predators. Rinne stopped all 29 shots he saw, with Boston's best chances coming from Torey Krug, David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner. The game marked the second time this season that the B's have been shut out. The loss dropped the Bruins to 3-2-0 over the first five games of their six-game road trip. The B'€™s will finish up the trip Saturday night against the Stars. Here are four more things we learned Thursday: THE PROSECUTION WESTS The Bruins can'€™t beat good Western Conference teams, a fact of which they'€™re reminded whenever they... play a good Western Conference team. With Thursday'€™s loss to the Predators -- their second in two meetings this season -- the Bruins are now 1-8-0 against Western Conference teams currently in line for a playoff spot. They'€™re 10-5-0 against Eastern Conference playoff teams, with the former probably painting a more accurate image of the team than the latter. TEAMS SCORING VS. CHARA Doing the whole '€œPlayer X was on the ice for X amount of goals against'€ thing can be dicey given that, like the dumb stat that some dumb people use called plus-minus, it leaves out too much: how the goal was scored, how they got in the zone, whether Player X did something wrong that allowed the goal to be scored, etc. Still, it'€™s worth noting that the Bruins'€™ best defenseman has been on the ice for a lot of goals of late. In being out there for both of Nashville'€™s first-period goals, Zdeno Chara has now been on the ice for the Bruins'€™ last six even-strength goals against dating back to the Red Wings game. He was also on for two power play goals against in the Red Wings game and provided the hook that led to a penalty shot goal for the Blue Jackets on Tuesday. While Chara obviously isn'€™t responsible for every goal for which he'€™s on the ice, those numbers are still staggering given that once upon a time, teams weren'€™t even in the offensive zone enough against Chara to score goals. If the fact that teams are scoring often against Boston'€™s No. 1 defender doesn'€™t highlight the team'€™s need for defensive help, nothing will. HAYES DEMOTED After a pair of second-period penalties for Jimmy Hayes, Claude Julien took the 26-year-old wing off Ryan Spooner'€™s line. Hayes took just two shifts in the third period, both of which came on the fourth line. Landon Ferraro moved up to replace Hayes on the third line. Speaking of Hayes, it'€™s worth considering that despite his 12 goals this season, the former Panther hasn'€™t made much of a case to replace the struggling Brett Connolly in the top six, something that might have happened by now had the Bruins felt it was a viable option. Here'€™s a comparison of Hayes'€™ and Connolly'€™s seasons, courtesy of Own The Puck.

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