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Game Day: Bruins @ Stars

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Tonight's Live Blog will be here. Look for it to open right around 8:15 p.m. (in Boston)

7:08 p.m.
The Bruins lines:

See you on the live blog! JB

7:02 p.m.
It's Tim Thomas vs. Marty Turco in goal tonight.

6:48 p.m.
Yahoo Sports had the following lines for the Stars as of practice yesterday:

6:30 p.m.
News, Notes and Numbers

Hit the road:  The Bruins will play their first two road games of the 2009-10 season when they visit Western Conference foes Dallas on Friday and Phoenix on Saturday. The Bruins will face the Stars at 8:30 p.m. ET Friday night (TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub) and the Coyotes at 9:00 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Black & Gold are 0-2 against the West this season, with losses against the Ducks and Avalanche.

Three in Four: The Bruins will play three games in four nights beginning Wednesday when they host the Nashville Predators. Following the game against the Preds, they will travel to Philadelphia for a showdown with the Flyers on Thursday, and will then head up north to take on the Senators in Ottawa on Saturday.

The Stat of the Week: Excluding the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season which began in January, this is the latest the Bruins have opened their road schedule since playing their first road game of the 1975-76 season in Detroit on October 16, 1975.

They said it…
Mark Recchi, after the team’s loss to Colorado on Monday…
“I think that sometimes when you have success, you forget how hard it is to get success. It’s hard work to get to the top and it takes a lot of courage to get to the top. You have to be willing to pay the price.”

Stat Leaders (as of pregame on 10/16)
T1. B. Wheeler, 2
T1. M. Hunwick, 2
T1. M. Ryder, 2
T1. M. Savard, 2
T1. M. Sturm, 2

1. S. Begin, 4
T2 M Savard, 3
T2. M. Lucic, 3
T4. 4 tied at 2
1. M. Savard, 5
T2. M. Ryder, 4
T2. S. Begin, 4
T4. 5 tied at, 3

1. M. Stuart, +4
T2. S. Begin, +2
T2. P. Bergeron, +2
T2. J. Boychuk, +2
T2. A. Ference, +2

Penalty Minutes
1. Z. Chara, 18
2. S. Thornton, 12
3. M. Lucic, 9
4. D. Morris, 8

Get all of the above and more, each week, in the Boston Bruins Week Ahead.

4:35 p.m.
Earlier this afternoon, I asked Tim Thomas if he had faced Marty Turco in college.


"No, but I should have," he said, flatly.

I had forgotten that Thomas' Vermont team had been outsted by Colorado Collge thanks to a controversial call in double overtime that saw the Cats fall to the Tigers despite Timmy's 43 saves.

Sorry, Tank.

I saw it -- a hand pass that wasn't called and helped create the winning goal -- and yes, Tim should have moved on to face Turco's Michigan club.

But, despite the fact that the missed call was "only" 13 years ago, Tim still looked mad this morning.

As I've told you, Tim Thomas really hates being scored on -- let's hope he is happy later tonight.

4:20 p.m.
After this morning's skate, Claude Julien explained his simple hopes for tonight's game. 

Juilen said he hopes "those lines click together and...we get the results we've been looking for.

"That's basically it."

Simple. But not necessarily easy.

Dallas has been playing very well, and will certainly look to shine in front of their home crowd.

"I've only seen them play a few games," said Julien of the Stars. "But there is no doubt that this team is playing with a lot of jump and a lot of energy. They seem to be very confident and...they've put some young guys in their lineup that have given their team some energy.

"So, right now they are playing very confident and they haven't lost a game in regulation yet. That's a lot of what [Dallas head coach] Marc [Crawford] expects out of his team -- high energy.

"And hopefully [we] find our identity [of] being a real hard team to play against; not giving the other team much," continued the Bruins head coach. "They've been scoring quite a bit and have gotten off to some great starts, so we have to be ready right from go.

"We have to make sure we minimize their scoring chances. And on the road you can you can be more paitent and take advantage of the opportunities they are going to give us.

12:06 p.m.
Tim Thomas was the first goalie off after morning skate. This probably indicates he's the man in goal tonight.

11:04 a.m.
Marty Turco was the first goalie off for the Stars It looks like he will get the start against the B's.

10:42 a.m.
Old friend Alex Auld is on the ice and manning one of the goals for the Stars.

I wonder if we will see him tonight?

9:48 a.m.

I am watching Mike Modano work out here in the American Airlines Center.

Yahoo Sports reports that "Modano (cracked rib) did not play on Wednesday but did work out that morning at the American Airlines Center. He could play Friday when the Stars are home against the Boston Bruins."

9:42 a.m. (in Texas)

Before the B's left on Thursday afternoon, and while he was packing his gear for the trip, Tim Thomas talked about his hopes for the upcoming road swing. He, like many members of the Black & Gold hopes that the time together over the next couple of weeks will help the Bruins get on the same page.

"This will be the first time that we've [gone anywhere] as a full team," said Thomas of the clubs initial venture out west. "But having said that, this [trip to Texas and Arizona is a short in-and-out it will be a cumulative thing.

"How much of a diffence it's going to make, I don't know. It will make a difference in a positive direction, but I just don't know how much."

The Bruins are hoping that the points are accumulating by the end of this trip, as well. Thomas said that he is not trying to critique himself harshly as he looks back over his first few starts.

"I'm just trying to be as ready as I can for the games," said Thomas. "And I am trying to get back into the feeling of playing -- that feeling that we get by December when you've been at the rink pretty much everyday for the past three months.

"It just feels natural, and that's where I am trying to get to."

To that end, both Thomas and Tuukka Rask have been working with goalie coach Bob Essensa.

"It's helpful for me on a number of levels," Tim said of his work with "Goalie" Bob. "We were actually at a camp together in Edmonton way back in the day and we just have a good relationship.

"We've been working together for a long time."

What, in particular were you and Tuukka working on during Thursday's practice?

"Nothing major, just movement drills," explained Thomas. "Just keeping it simple, because we've just got to go play.

"This is the NHL. As goalies we need to play well in order to help our team get some wins."

And right now a couple of W's would be a big help to the Bruins.
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