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B’s vs. Edmonton

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Here is what we know:

  • Glen Murray is not playing.

    "No, not tonight," said Bruins head coach Dave Lewis. "He’s feeling better, but is not ready."

  • Tim Thomas is in goal this evening -- his sixth straight start.

    Is he concerned with having Hannu Toivonen sit for so long?

    "I am glad to see Goalie Bob (Essensa) here. He’s worked hard with (Toivonen) and he’s talked to him…I am not concerned about (Hannu’s) future. He’s got very good upside."

  • Andrew Ference will make his first appearance for the Bruins tonight, against his old nemesis, having played for the Flames, the Edmonton Oilers.

    "He’s played in the league and he is a very competitive guy," said Lewis. "He’s strong down low and strong in front of the net, and, the thing that I think everyone likes most about him, is how he competes.

    "He’s a gamer, and that’s a great compliment for any player."

    Is it an advantage with Ference here, and getting to play the Oilers, a team he is very familiar with?

    "I hope so," said Lewis, with a chuckle.

  • Chuck Kobasew, who will wear number 12 for Boston, is delayed getting to Massachusetts due to visa issues, so he is being treated for his elbow injury in Calgary.

    "I’ve had conversation with him," said Lewis. "He’s excited to get here and get into the city and to get the jersey on and get playing. He’s not ready to play yet, but he’s been skating."

    Heard in and around the Locker room.

    Dave Lewis
    On Andrew Ference:
    "He’s played in the league and he’s a very competitive guy. He’s strong in front of the net, and he’s a gamer. He’s very comfortable and interacts well with his other teammates, so he’ll certainly have no problems fitting in here."

    On the how the trade has affected the locker room:
    "It’s just the nature of the business. Everyone was anticipating something, so now life in the NHL continues on. As an individual player, you have to prepare for the game, and as a team you prepare for tonight’s game and the upcoming road trip. So nothing really changes. It’s part of being a professional hockey player."

    On the Edmonton Oilers:
    "They’re a fast team, and they come after you really fast. They’re fun to play against because of what they bring. They crash the net well, and they have some rugged defensemen. That makes it hard to get to their net. I’m looking forward to playing a team we don’t play lot."

    Marc Savard
    On playing the Oilers tonight:
    "They’re a hard-nosed team and they’re well-coached. They do a lot of little things well, like blocking shots. We’ll have to be on our game to get two points here tonight."

    On the line changes:
    "I’m playing with Phil [Kessel] tonight, and I thought we had a good mix with Axe on the other side so hopefully we can add something tonight and chip in offensively."

    Andrew Alberts
    On playing with Andrew Ference:
    "It will be good. Practice is going well, and he’s a hard-nosed player. It will take him a little time to get used to the systems, but we compliment eachother well."

    On playing Edmonton:
    "For us, its just about getting points. We don’t know much about them, so we just have to go out there and go after them."

    Shean Donovan
    On the current distractions (trades, injuries etc.):
    "It’s part of the game and you get used to it when you get to this time of the s eason. Everybody knows that it’s a long season. You get through injuries, and now we’re excited for the stretch run here, and there are lots of games to make up here. It starts tonight before our big road trip."

    On Wayne Primeau:
    "Preems was awesome. He was a good linemate and played hard for us. He’s one of those guys everyone wants on their team, because he’s good on the ice and in the locker room. It was fun to be his teammate again, I’m sure he’s excited about being in Calgary and doing good things there."
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