The Boston Bruins aren't just back. They have achieved at a historic level in the month of November, taking points in all 13 games and outscoring opponents 59-25. The Bruins hadn't taken points in 13 straight games since 1983, and hadn't played a full month without a regulation loss since the days of the Cashman-Espo-Hodge line (January 1969). Boston's 5-on-5 goals for/against ratio sits at a blistering 1.71, well ahead of the second-best St. Louis Blues (1.59).
• Boston played a very home-heavy schedule to begin the season. The eight road games the Bruins have played so far this season is the lowest total of any team in the NHL. Boston's plus-14 goal differential on the road still is the best in the league, but a road-intensive schedule for the rest of the season will highlight an area of improvement for Boston. The Bruins are averaging 3.5 short-handed situations per road game, eighth-lowest in the league, but Boston's 78.6 road penalty kill percentage ranks 23rd. The Bruins have been good at staying out of the box on the road, but once they're in they could stand to improve.
• Anyone who watched the Bruins in last season's playoffs could attest to the resiliency the squad showed. The Bruins tied for the playoff lead with four wins after conceding the first goal, not to mention the three Game 7 victories. Boston has showed that same ability to bounce back so far this season. Boston is 9-5-1 this season when conceding the first goal, and their .600 winning percentage is tied for tops in the league. The Bruins have taken an NHL-best 19 points out of the 15 games in which they've conceded the first goal. Boston has scored first in only eight out of their 23 games, but playing from behind has clearly not been a problem. Plus, when Boston gets the lead they have been stingy about giving it up. The Bruins have entered the third period with a lead 11 times this season. Their record? 11-0-0.
• How good have the Bruins been so far this season? Five of the top eight plus-minus players in the NHL are Bruins, highlighted by Tyler Seguin's NHL-best plus-19, with Chris Kelly right behind at plus-16 (second in NHL). Linemates Brad Marchand (plus-15, T-third in NHL) and Patrice Bergeron (plus-14, T-sixth) join Seguin in the top eight, as well as Zdeno Chara (plus-15). The versatile Kelly has also been an offensive force so far this season, joining Milan Lucic in the top six for shooting percentage among players with at least 20 shots. Lucic has scored on 23.8 percent of his shots on goal, third in the NHL, while Kelly's nine goals on 41 shots (22.0 percent) ranks sixth in the league.