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A New Team

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
It should be a pretty interesting day in the Hub of Hockey.

Yah, I know, "Understatement of the year."

But word has it that both new defensemen will be on the ice. Meanwhile, forwards Glen Murray and Chuck Kobasew continue to improve and may be in the mix -- it’s like the B’s made more than the two significant trades they consummated yesterday.

On October 9th, the lines looked like this…

Sturm - Savard - Murray
Kessel - Bergeron - Boyes
Axelsson - Primeau - Donovan
Hoggan, Mowers, Stastny, Brookbank

Mara, Jurcina, Dempsey, York, Chara, Stuart, Alberts

On February 28th, they MAY look like this (by way of comparison)…

Axelsson - Savard - Murray
Sturm - Bergeron - Bochenski
Chistov, Kessel, Kobasew, Tenkrat
Reich - Mowers - Donovan

Alberts, Allen, Chara, Ference, Wideman, Ward, York

It’s exciting to think about what this "new" club and "new" look can bring to the table over the next few weeks.

Looking at the standings right now, however, the Bruins are eight points out of a tie with the New York Islanders and the Montreal Canadiens for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

The good news: the B’s have four games remaining against Montreal.

The bad news: the Black & Gold have no games remaining with the Isles.

But, at 62 games played, Boston and Pittsburgh have played the fewest contests in the East. The B’s still have at least one game in hand versus each of their rivals for the eighth spot and they have four games in hand in comparison to the Habs 66 games played. That’s the good news.

The bad news: as Coach Lewis says, consistently, games in hand mean nothing unless you win them.

And, unfortunately, the Bruins may have a familiar foe in net against them on Thursday as Martin Biron was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday. Biron’s line versus the B’s this year is impressive, er, scary:

3 games played , a 3-0-0 vs. Boston, 4 goals against, a 1.33 GAA, and a .953 SV%.

Ouch. Thanks for nothing Buffalo.

Off to practice…
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