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Preview; Bruins in Los Angeles to wrap up short West Coast swing

January 24, 2011

The Bruins will wrap up their two-game road trip out west with a late night game against the Kings. The Bruins have won six of their last eight games but got dealt some bad news earlier today when it was announced that Marc Savard suffered a concussion in Colorado and is now out indefinitely.

Savard was hit along the boards by Matt Hunwick and had to be helped off the ice. He then returned to Boston where he was diagnosed with his second concussion in less than a year. Savard had battled back from Post Concussion Syndrome, missing the first 23 games of the season. Speculation points to the possibility that Savard may miss the rest of the season. All we know for sure is that this is the last thing Savard needed.

The division-leading Bruins go into Los Angeles on a roll, winning six of their last eight games in all and will look to continue to be road warriors. The Bruins have gotten at least one point in their last nine games. After a hot spot had the Kings in a race for tops in the NHL the formerly up-and-coming Kings are in last place in the Pacific division thanks to a 3-7-0 slide over their last 10 contests.

The Kings have much more talent than their 12th place seat in the standings assumes they are. The Kings beat the Bruins in their first matchup of the season when they beat the Bruins 4-3 in shootout. The Kings did lose a three-goal lead but hung on for a shootout win on the heels of Jonathan Quick‘s 38-save effort.

The Kings are riding a 0-22 goalless streak on the power-play in their last seven games. They are also trying to string together wins for the first time in a month, losing 10 of their last 13.

Old friend Marco Sturm won’t play because of a knee injury, hence being traded for what amounts to be: nothing.

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