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Wheeler, B's Look to Get on a Roll

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins -- Boston Bruins forward Blake Wheeler said that Saturday's domestic opener and the week that precedes the contest had given the B's a chance to revive and retool their game.

"I think that's what you used these practices for," said Wheeler on Friday before he joined his teammates for the trip to New Jersey. "You look at the film, see what we were good at and maybe what we can clean up and that's what we work on.

"And we had a good week of practices...and guys are itching to get back and play some games."

That enthusiasm aside, Wheeler said that the Black & Gold must focus on one thing as the puck is dropped in Newark's Prudential Center.

"I think getting off to a good start is key," said Wheeler, who also talked about how the Bruins might jump start their game on Saturday.

"Maybe keep [shifts] short at the beginning, because it is kind of tough to get back into it," said Wheeler. "Short and hard [shifts] at the beginning [of the game] and maybe keep things simple.

"Then just kind of build from there."

Faced with the traditional defensive prowess of the Devils, Wheeler also hoped that the B's could play their own brand of sound defense and light the lamp as well.

"I think two years ago, we were exceptional at both and I think they kind of fed into each other," said Wheeler. "So, hopefully we can play great defense and score a lot on offense."

A physical game can only enhance the B's work on both sides of the puck and, as the new season dawns, Wheeler has been working hard at throwing his shoulders around the rink.

"I think you get a lot of energy when you are doing things like that," said the forward. "I think just bringing that element to your game it excites, not only yourself, but your teammates and it's just a positive thing all around when guys are playing physical.

"I think the more we have guys doing that it's just going to [mean] good things for our team."
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