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Preview; Bruins look to extend winning streak against Oilers

February 27, 2011

After an important 3-1 win against the NHL best Vancouver Canucks the Bruins will look to extend their winning streak to five games and sweep their tour of Western Canada in one fell swoop against the Oilers. The Oilers are last place in the West and the only thing undecided in their season is whether they will get another Number 1 overall pick, or the second pick in next year’s draft.

This will be the first meeting between the Oilers and Bruins this season and thus the first meeting between Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall. The two “can’t miss” prospects have gone in two different directions since draft day. Taylor Hall is getting a lot of Calder Trophy talk, and rightly so. Tyler Seguin’s developmental path has been much slower, fighting for minutes on Boston’s fourth line while other rookies are having big impacts on their team. Seguin, of course, is playing on a much better team than Hall or any of the top flight rookies and thus can’t be thrown 20 minutes a game. The Bruins simply can’t afford to fast track Seguin, they need the points.

The Oilers have won four of their last six games but are coming off of a very Oiler-like 5-0 loss against the Blues. Interestingly enough the Bruins are going from facing the top special teams squad in the league to the worst in one night’s time. The Bruins did a great job shutting down the Canucks power-play so Edmonton’s anemic 13% power-play shouldn’t pose much of a threat.

Expect to see Tim Thomas in net again for the Bruins after coming off a very good performance against the Canucks. The Bruins schedule tightens up a lot from here on out, they’ll play four games in the next six days and 15 total in March. Both goalies will need to be able to step up for the Bruins to help each other get rest down the stretch.

No word yet on if Andrew Ference will play. He left last night’s game with a lower body injury.

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