No. 8: Boston Bruins
Season record: 11-7-0
Tuukka Rask being good is always positive for the Bruins, who are finding some nice success away from home so far this season.
Boston is sporting a 7-4-0 road record on the backs of Rask and apparently-not-kidding forward Brad Marchand. I figured his success last season was a direct product of playing with Patrice Bergeron, but the latter has just five points while the former has a team-best 17.
Rask is the real story in Beantown so far, though. His .946/1.46 slashline is among the league’s best, and it’s more or less carrying a team that can probably produce more offensively. Or it could cave in on itself, like last season’s team did. We’ll see.