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West Coast Trip: Part 1 – Ducks

Jonas Hiller and the Ducks celebrateWhat a frustrating game last night.

As I mentioned in my last post, the Bruins are severely undermanned (not in quantity, but quality) and will need to be extremely opportunistic in order to win games. The inconsistency in the lines and the minor league call-ups on defense mean that the Bruins will invariably give up more opportunities than they generate, and when those chances come around, the Bruins NEED to bury them.

Overall, Boston had a strong game last night against a strong Anaheim team, but were just unable to put the puck in the net when they had to. Michael Ryder hit his 15,000th post this year and David Krejci was robbed in the crease — both in the 3rd. Games like last nights emphatically highlight the need on this team for a proven goal scorer who is actually producing goals at this time. Ryder is considered by some to be a “proven” goal scorer but hasn’t touched 30 goals for nearly four years.

Having said that, Boston just needs to focus on staying in playoff position until their injured stars return. I think that the Olympic break will do this team a world of good, since they have no real momentum that would be in jeopardy of dissolving at this point in time. They just need to heal up for the post-season.

Tonight, it’s off to San Jose to face Joe Thornton and the Sharks.

Perennially amongst the leagues elite (regular season) teams, tonight’s game should be a much tougher task than the one the Bruins left behind in Anaheim. Tim Thomas is slated to get the start. Dennis Wideman is day-to-day with Can’t-Hit-The-Net-itis — but seriously, he hurt his leg blocking a shot last night.

The only way to win tonight is to outhit and outwork San Jose, especially in front of the goaltenders, on both ends of the ice.


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Quick Hits – Julien shakes up Boston lines

Milan Lucic

Milan Lucic

Milan Lucic skated with 2nd liners David Krejci and Blake Wheeler in Wednesday’s practice. I believe that the 1st line will now have Marco Sturm at left wing (his natural position) and Michael Ryder moving up to play on the right side. Blake Wheeler could move to right wing on the second line.

I don’t see this as a demotion, but rather as a warning.

Thus far, Lucic just has not been the game-long physical presence that has earned him hero status in Boston. Lucic has said that enjoys being on the top line, and the hope is that re-aligning him will re-ignite the drive and competitiveness that makes him so enjoyable to watch.

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Bruins Week in Review — Columbus Day edition

The Bruins floundered this week

The Bruins floundered this week

Five games into the 2009/10 season, the Bruins have certainly not played up to expectations.

Having given up 19 goals over that span and looking more listless with every shift, the Bruins look like a team with an undue sense of entitlement; pre-season press predictions of a Stanley Cup Finals appearance seem to have undermined Boston’s sense of self.

There have been glimpses of the dominant team that accrued 116 points last season; Continue reading

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