Ramblings: Boston Completes The Sweep, Werenski’s Keeper Value, & Hertl’s Breakout Season (May 17)

Cam Robinson

2019-05-16

 

Get your brooms out Bruins’ fans, because the sweep has been completed.

 

By now, most of you have heard the whispers of a magical sweep curse that has been transmitted via the handshake at the end of several series. The Penguins gave it to the Islanders, who passed it on to the Hurricanes. One can only deduce that now Boston is ripe for a sweepin’ in the Cup final.

 

Tuukka Rask was good again on Thursday evening – even though he didn’t really need to be for long stretches of the contest. He slammed the door shut, making 23 saves and improving his playoff save percentage to a healthy 0.942 in 17 games.

There are three things you need to go on a deep run:

  1. A hot goaltender
  2. Your big boys showing up
  3. Depth scoring

 

The Bruins have received all three thus far. Now we hope for a lengthy Western Final to make up for the lack of hockey every second night for the next week.

 

Oddly enough, Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen were split up and not reunited despite the Canes failing to produce any consistent pressure. Despite the conclusion, this has been a spectacular campaign by the Bunch of Jerks. Great things are coming for them in the near future. Especially if they can receive high-end goaltending as they did for parts of this year. 

 

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I have this theory that depending on how you view a player (or the metrics that you value) will determine if an asset is underrated or due for a regression. My target to explore today is Tomas Hertl.

 

The 25-year-old obliterated his previous career-highs in goals (35), assists (39), points (74), powerplay goals (11), powerplay points (15), conversion rate (19.9%), TOI (19:01) and PPTOI (2:52). He accomplished these feats while shooting the puck a little less than normal.

 

So, do we have ourselves a new mainstay in the 70-plus point club, or is he due to regress to the mean?

 

First off, the positives. As mentioned, the Czech forward played exceptionally well in 2018-19 (and continues to do so in the post-season). His most common linemates were Logan CoutureTimo Meier, and Evander Kane</