Dec 28th, 2011
9 p.m. est
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Bruins Are Best
After a long layoff, the Boston Bruins get back to work tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. The Bruins are coming off impressive wins against the Flyers and the Panthers, both of whom were (when they played the Bruins anyway) at the top of the Eastern Conference Standings. Tuukka Rask gets the nod again tonight after two consecutive shutouts. The Bruins are second in the East with 47 points, 1 behind the New York Rangers. The bruins are 22-1 in their last 23 games and are clearly the hottest team in the NHL.
Phoenix is on the outside of the playoffs looking in at the moment. They sport an 18-15-3 record good for 39 points. They are 4-6 in their last 10 and carry a losing record at home; 7-8-2. The ageless Ray Whitney leads the team with 12-20-32 totals on the year, which isn’t a good sign for them. Shane Doan is their main guy and he is currently third on the team in scoring with 22 points.
Lucic Krejci Horton
Marchand Bergeron Seguin
Pouliot Kelly Hamil
Paille Campbell Thornton
Keep An Eye Out
Not much fanfare for this one. Honestly, for Bruins fans, it’s all about how their team plays at this point. So, here’s a few things to be on the lookout for:
Will Rask Keep It Up?
Tuuka Rask has been on fire, posting shutouts in his last two starts. The Bruins will need Rask to play well down the stretch to give Tim Thomas some needed rest.
One of this years pleasant surprises has been the play of Benoit Pouliot. He has a goal in each of his last three games and has 7 goals on the season. What makes the Bruins so hard to play against is their scoring depth and balance.
Rich Peverley sits again tonight with an undisclosed injury. That gives Zach Hamill another shot tonight. He’s played well with the opportunities he’s been given and this is by far the longest look he’s gotten with the big club. If he keeps it up, he may become a piece the Bruins can move later on, or he may find a spot on the Bruins. Only time will tell.
Paul Bissonnette, the Twitter Sensation brings his high-tech chirping into tonights game and he usually delivers. If you aren’t following him on Twitter, I suggest you do so now. Here’s a link to his account. He may not bring much on the ice, but off it, he’s a must read!
The Bruins are hot and the Coyotes are not. The only thing the Coyotes have going for them is that the Bruins have had the last 5 days off with a holiday stuffed in to boot. The Bruins have a tendency to look a little sluggish after long layoffs, so this will be interesting. That being said, I still see the Bruins winning this one, 5-3.
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