Sean Kuraly’s Return Could Make A Big Difference For Bruins In A Few Key Areas

Sean Kuraly’s Return Could Make A Big Difference For Bruins In A Few Key Areas

The Bruins get arguably the fastest skater on their team, Sean Kuraly, back in their lineup tonight, giving their fourth line a big boost. Most times it wouldn’t make a huge difference to a lineup when a fourth liner returns but Bruce Cassidy praised his forward this morning saying:

Cassidy is definitely on to something here and after getting dominated in offensive zone possession last game, this might be just the type of player Boston needs. Despite losing Game 4, Toronto had possession of the puck in Boston’s end for 7:42, compared to just 3:19 of ozone possession for the Bruins.

Kuraly wins a lot of puck battles in his defensive zone and does well converting them into zone exits. The only Bruins’ players with more controlled zone exits, per 60 minutes, are David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand. In doing so Kuraly limits the opposing teams’ offense and if he can do that against the Leafs, he’ll be a welcome addition.

Kuraly played over 400 minutes of even-strength hockey with Noel Acciari and Chris Wagner this season – the only Bruins line that spent more time together was ‘The Perfection Line.’ Cassidy started Kuraly’s line almost exclusively in the defensive zone so he will be leaned on to win puck battles, get to loose pucks and get the puck out. If Kuraly can play to his strengths, it should level the offensive zone possession numbers a bit more in Game 5.

 

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