Life is awfully good for the Bruins right now.

They are riding a 16-game points streak. They have pulled to within three points of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who not only lead the Atlantic Division but all of the Eastern Conference in points with 65. They have a five-point lead over the third-place Toronto Maple Leafs and a whopping 18-point cushion between themselves and the highest non-playoff Atlantic team.

One of the underlying factors in the team’s success has been the internal competition, and it’s no more evident than in defense with a healthy Adam McQuaid back in the fold. Kevan Miller is having the best season of his NHL career, but he had to sit out Saturday’s 4-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens after McQuaid had back-to-back strong games while Miller was suffering from an illness. Just when it seemed that Brandon Carlo might be next up for a seat in the press box, he responded with perhaps his best game of the season in Montreal with a plus-3 effort.

And then there’s Torey Krug. After suffering a broken jaw in the first preseason game and then having to wear a football-like facemask, he got off to a very slow start. But with his one-goal, two-assist, plus-3 performance in Montreal, Krug is back in the black on the season with regard to plus/minus — a stat that is denigrated by the analytics people but not by players.

His game is now trending in the right direction.

“He sees (Matt Grzelcyk) playing well and he wants to be a part of it,” coach Bruce Cassidy said of Krug. “In my experience with him — and I haven’t had him forever — but I think as the year goes on, he gets better. And this year, the injuries led to that.

“He missed some time with his jaw, so he was playing a little bit of catch-up, but now he’s getting comfortable. And now as the year’s going, he seems to be getting better.”