Boston Bruins: 3 Stars of January

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 26: Nick Ritchie #21 of the Boston Bruins, center, celebrates with David Krejci #46, Brad Marchand #63 and Charlie McAvoy after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at TD Garden on January 26, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 26: Nick Ritchie #21 of the Boston Bruins, center, celebrates with David Krejci #46, Brad Marchand #63 and Charlie McAvoy after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at TD Garden on January 26, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ONTARIO – AUGUST 29: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the Boston Bruins stops a shot as teammate Charlie McAvoy #73 defends Anthony Cirelli #71 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 29, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO – AUGUST 29: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the Boston Bruins stops a shot as teammate Charlie McAvoy #73 defends Anthony Cirelli #71 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 29, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

3rd Star – Jaroslav Halak

The Boston Bruins goalie tandem has been dynamic this season and Halak has put up impressive numbers so far.

Tuukka Rask is still the man for the Boston Bruins and has had some insane performances so far. When you look at the record and numbers though, Jaroslav Halak continues to show he is the best backup in the NHL.

Holding a 1.30 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage, Halak is currently fourth in the league in GAA and seventh in SV%.

In today’s NHL, the backup goalie position is more important than ever, and having a guy the Boston Bruins can depend on night in and night out between the pipes is a huge thing.

2nd Star – Charlie McAvoy

With lots of fluctuation in the Boston Bruins defence corps, Charlie McAvoy has become a true number one.

With the departure of Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug this offseason, there were more questions than answers at the back end. Charlie McAvoy has stepped up and taken on the leadership role for the Boston Bruins defence.

Currently holding six assists through eight games, McAvoy has found the offensive side of his game as much as the defensive side.

McAvoy has become the workhorse on the back end and has been logging near twenty-five minutes a game for the Bruins. Look for him to continue that trend.