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Preview; Bruins begin four-game homestand against Stars

February 3, 2011

The Bruins, fresh off of a 3-2 victory over the Canes, begin a four-game homestand tonight when they take on the Pacific leading Stars. Both teams have 65 points through their first 51 games, good enough for a division lead and third place in their respective conferences. However, while the B’s are trending up, the Stars are hitting a bumpy patch, losers of three of their last four.

In those last three losses the Stars have given up 18 goals. They’ve twice given up seven goals in a game and twice scored only one goal. That being said, the Stars already have three 20+ goal-scorers and six players with at least 30 points. Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson are the scariest forwards with 58 and 50 points respectively. The Stars are one of those teams that sneaks under the radar because of their location and poor fan base but they are also one of the most explosive offenses in the West, using their speed and skill to skate past most teams in the conference.

As is the case with most East-West matchups, expect anything tonight. There will most likely be a feeling out process early in the first period before both teams settle in stylistically. As you may remember, the Stars and Bruins have a little history together with their donnybrook of a hockey game two seasons ago. Things could get physical if Steve Ott plays like Steve Ott usually does. If so, expect Adam McQuaid, Shawn Thornton, and the boys to make their presences know.

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