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Monday, December 10, 2007

Bruins-Sabres Preview and 12/10 Notes

The Bruins take on the Buffalo Sabres tonight in Buffalo. After struggling early, they have been playing a lot better recently.Buffalo is 13-13-1 on the season(last place in the Northeast Division) but are 7-3 in their last 10 games. Buffalo has the 6th ranked powerplay in the league, where as the Bruins have the 2nd worst penalty kill. For the Bruins to win they must be disciplined and stay out of the box (Glen Murray). Ryan Miller will oppose Alex Auld, who played well in his win Saturday night. Defenseman Andrew Ference has been skating but will not play until Wedsnesday night against Atlanta. Tough guy Shawn Thornton has also been skating, look for him to get some action in this week as well. Vladimir Sabotka is almost 100 percent, look for him to return to Providence some time soon, especially with the expected return of Thornton. Defenseman Bobby Allen was the lone Bruin not to skate due to back spasms. There is no timetable on his return.

Here is the rest of the lineup:

Axelsson-Savard-Murray
Sturm-Metropolit-Kobasew
Lucic-Kessel-Schaefer
Reich-Nokelainen-Bochenski

Stuart-Chara
Alberts-Wideman
Hunwick-Ward

Lineup Notes:

Schaefer will skate on the 3rd line with Kessel and Lucic for the second straight game. Schaefer, usually a left wing will skate on Kessel's right wing after playing on his left wing for the majority of the season. Mark Stuart's play of late has been solid and may have jumped ahead of Aaron Ward on the depth chart. Ward, although injured and a veteran with a ton of experience, may be better suited playing less minutes. Bochenski continues to be in Coach Julien's doghouse. He is on the fourth line again, something that he has seen a lot of in recent time.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

wat about moving sturm n kobasew up with savard and drop axe n muuzz back with metro. sturm needs to score and that seems to be a much better line.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Pekese said...

I think the top line is playing real well together. Murray has been scoring lately and Axelsson seems more comfortable playing there. Moving Kobasew and Sturm up would then hurt the rest of the team because it would split up the offensive balance. I wouldn't mind moving Kessel up to center them or maybe even move Lucic up for a few shifts with Savard and Murray, just to see what he can do. I think that's what that line needs someone who will chase the net and screen the goal so that Muzz can open up better for the one-timer

1:51 PM  
Anonymous jeff said...

If anything put sturm on the first line and move lucic with kobasew and move kessel up with them.like this:

Sturm-savard-murray
lucic-kessel-kobasew
axe-metro-schaefer
reich-noki-bochenski

I agree i want to see what lucic can do, he looked good last game.

3:09 PM  
Anonymous spokedb said...

Hopefully that strong play in front of the net and on the boardys by Bochenski that led to the Wideman GW, will help Bo with his confidence, and eventually out of the doghouse. Bo outmuscling Tucker caused that goal. I love it when Tucker or McCabe screw up!

6:22 PM  
Anonymous BIG-E said...

I want to reitterate one thing - every golaie in this league (with the exception of a few) are only as good as the 5 guys in front of them play. That's why Manny was not the answer, that's why a Thomas/Toivonen duo would ahve worked this year as well - and that's why Auld will fit well here in Boston. No help in Phoenix, no help in Florida, Auld feels this can be his chance. Thomas and Auld, Rask in Providence and I am sorry - the only thing Manny can do is play a couple fo games, show he can play and hope for a trade. Savard keeps on playing awesomely well - I ahte it when they speak of LeCavalier, Thornton, Crosby - Savvy's been putting up numbers as good even better than these guys in the last couple of years. Hope Muzz can start being consistant. And would the real Milan Lucic please stand up? Where have you been? Last night you reminded me of HIM - yes HIM!! CAM! Baning down low, tyaking the puck and starting something. Now do that every game - and I cannot wait until I see Lucic-Savrd-Murray as the first line. Three Stars: Auld, Savard, Lucic. Also Metro looks good, Wideman's stock keeps rising (is he a UFA after this year?). GO BRUINS!!

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still bitter about dumping boyes for wideman, I think the saying has been your only as good as your goalie

7:32 PM  

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