Torey Krug reached a milestone on Monday night, playing his 200th career game in a 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers. The latest barrier broken by a player who has been a valuable asset to the Bruins since day one, albeit under the radar at times.
Of course, Krug’s best asset is what he brings to the powerplay. A puck-mover by trade, his ability to work the points and generate offense has made the B’s one of the NHL’s biggest threats on the man-advantage since working his way into the lineup.
Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Bruins powerplay has operated at a 21.5 percent success rate, second in the league only to the Alex Ovechkin-led unit in Washington (24.7). This had been preceded by four years of frustration, when the Bruins were 26th in the league from the start of the 2009-10 season to the finish of the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, clicking at a rate of just 16.3 percent. Things got so bad that some yearned for a ‘decline option’ on penalties called against Bruins opponents, given their five-on-five dominance that complemented its laughable man-up unit.
Krug is second among all Bruins on the powerplay over that span with a 8-35–43 scoring line in the situation. The Bruins leader in powerplay points is Patrice Bergeron, with 44. Bergeron had just 37 in 276 games from 2009-13 before putting up the 19-25–44 line in 202 since fall 2013.
Over that span, Krug’s 43 man-advantage points are tied for 17th among NHL defensemen.