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Top Corsi Team

The team leading the NHL in attempted shots at 5 on 5 is the Boston Bruins.  They are +180 so far this season.  Their record of 15-11 with one regulation tie point puts them in third place in the Atlantic Division.  It is a good record, but not a league leading one.

They are a team that barely missed the playoffs last season.  Probably they were good enough that they should have made them last year.  Has Boston significantly improved since last year?  Their top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak has been a very dominant line controlling the puck both offensively and defensively.  The vast majority of Boston's positive Corsi comes from that line alone.  Marchand leads the league with a +154 personal Corsi.   Boston's Corsi success is largely due to the one line.

Boston dominates the puck when their best line is on the ice and they manage to neutralize their opponents top line at the same time.  Their problem is their other lines are not anything special when it comes to puck possession.  When they get beaten it is the other lines that get beaten.

Boston is an improved team.  In part their improvement is due to underachieving last year.  They have the most successful puck possession line in the NHL driving their Corsi success.  With a bit more depth this Boston team could make a Stanley Cup run.

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