Boston Bruins Forward Brad Marchand on Pace for 90 Points As Hart Trophy Caliber Season Continues
A 90-point scorer in Boston? The last time that happened was during the 2006-07 season when former-Bruins forward Marc Savard scored 22 goals and 96 points in 82 games. In fact, the last time any player scored even 80 points came during the 2008-09 season when Savard scored 25 goals and 88 points in 82 games.
This season, Brad Marchand is making his case for 80 points. In fact, he’s currently on pace for 91 points. It’s been highly discussed as of late, but Brad Marchand is legitimately in the discussion for the Hart Trophy this season. Marchand currently leads the NHL in goals with 37 and is tied for first in points with Connor McDavid with 79 points. On pace to finish with 43 goals and 91 points, Marchand is in the running for the Hart Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy and the Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophy – given to the NHL’s Most Valuable Player, the player that finishes with the most points and the player who finishes with the most goals, respectively.
Marchand has been impressive this season, and he could earn some significant accolades at its conclusion. For the veteran forward, however, qualifying for the playoffs seems to be his only goal. Fortunately for the Bruins and fans of the team, Marchand can take over a game when he’s hot – and he’s been white hot lately, and the playoffs look to be well within reach.
Just How Hot is Marchand?
In his last 30 games, Marchand has scored 27 goals and 48 points. Those numbers are astounding, but for fans of the Black and Gold, it’s not entirely unexpected. Marchand has always been an elite goal-scorer in the NHL. It’s been his lack of power play time that has really limited him from reaching his potential. Playing on a line that features himself, Patrice Bergeron and one of either David Pastrnak or David Backes, the 5-foot-9 Marchand is certainly getting the opportunity to perform in 5-on-5 action. With the Bruins overwhelming power play unit, however, he’s shown a new level of dominance that he was missing from his game in past seasons.
Marchand still hasn’t scored 80 points, so it’s best to not get too far ahead of ourselves with Marchand’s point total. Still, it’s looking more and more likely like the Bruins will have their first 90 point scorer in a decade in Marchand if he continues to produce as he has been.