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Boston Faces Unusual Challenge in Blue Jackets

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins – Tonight, as the Bruins take on the Columbus Blue Jackets, they face an unusual challenge; playing a team they haven’t seen before this season in the midst of a four game losing streak. 

A shot from Atlanta Thrashers' Bryan Little, not shown, gets past Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Mathieu Garon in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Atlanta, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009. Thrashers' Rich Peverley (47) is shown at right. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
It would be easy for Boston to over-think the Western Conference match-up, but the B’s are staying loose and focusing on its own game as they look to break out of their current slump.

“At this point of the season, the thing we have to think about is the way we play our game, focus on our strategy and our tactics and if we take care of that we’ll be fine,” said Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.

In terms of the current loosing streak, which stretched to a season-long four games with a 4-2 loss to the Islanders on Friday, the Bruins say they aren’t letting it weigh on their minds and are staying upbeat in the dressing room.

“I think this room is very confident in what we have in this team. I mean we have the potential to win a lot of games if we do our job,” Seidenberg said.

Forward David Krejci echoed Seidenberg’s sentiment.

“Obviously, it’s in our heads a little bit but you try not to think about it that way,” Krejci said of the losing streak.

“I’ve been watching some games and [Columbus has] some skilled forwards. Other than that…we have to focus on our game and I believe if we play our game we’ll get the two points tonight.”

A key to the Bruins picking up a ‘W’ and taking two points from the Blue Jackets tonight, may lie with forwards Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly and defenseman Tomas Kaberle.

All three Bruins, who were each acquired in mid-season trades, faced the Blue Jackets with their former teams.

Collectively they are 0-3 against Columbus this season.

Despite the record, the three newest B’s could bring some valuable knowledge of the Blue Jackets to the Bruins’ line-up.

“They’re pretty hard working team, they don’t give you that much offensively so when we get our changes we need to take advantage of them,” Peverley said.
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