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Preview; Bruins head West to face Avalanche

January 22, 2011

The Bruins head to Colorado to play the Avalanche in a rare 3 PM game today. After coming out with a flat effort in their 4-2 loss against the Sabres, the Bruins will look to finish off the first half of the season with a strong two-game West coast swing.

The Bruins poor effort came be more attributed to scheduling than anything. Seven games in 11 days will do that to a team. By the time the All-Star Break comes the Bruins will have played 10 games in 16 days, making up the game’s they missed while traveling back from Europe.

Colorado is hanging on to eighth place in the West in what is becoming a logjam for the last playoff spot. The Bruins themselves are in a battle for the Northeast division in what is looking like a two-horse race between Boston and Montreal.

Matt Duchene leads the Avs in both goals and points (19-25-44) but the Avs have a wealth of speedy and skilled forwards who could make for a long night for Tim Thomas. The Western Conference game lends itself to more north-south play, fast skating, and a lot of up-ice rushes. It’ll be interesting to see how the Bruins attempt to handle that style of play. So far it hasn’t been good, the Bruins are 1-3-2 against the Western Conference.

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