The Boston Bruins are off to a hot start going 3-0-1 in
their first four games. The B’s look great so far thanks to strong defensive
play, a flawless penalty kill and solid 5 on 5 goal scoring. Tuukka Rask has
stepped into the starting role and done a good job being the number one guy.
Due to the shortened NHL season teams will have fewer days
off between games and will find themselves playing more frequently than usual.
Staying focused and skating hard every night will keep the B’s on track for
home ice come post season time. The Bruins will get their first taste of the
compact schedule this week as they prepare to play three games in four nights.
Tonight’s game against the Hurricanes will kick off an early
statement week for the B’s as they try to remain a powerhouse in the East. The
Bruins have struggled playing the Canes on the road over the past few years. In their last four games in Carolina Boston
has gone 0-4 and has been outscored 13-3. The Hurricanes are coming off two
straight wins beating up Buffalo Thursday and Friday night. Cam Ward has been
shaky this year and the Bruins will need to get to him early and often to win
this game. Anton Khudobin will get his sixth career start and first of the year
for the B’s. Anton remains a very unproven NHL goalie and needs a good game
tonight to hold on to his roster spot.
The Bruins come right home tomorrow night to face the
defending Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils. The Devils are off to
a hot start posting the same record as the B’s with three wins and an overtime
loss. I guess no one told Marty Brodeur that he turned 40 because he’s still
playing like he’s 25. Brodeur’s 1.69 GAA is good for third in the league right
now and his .932 save% is top eight. New Jersey has tonight off
and will be well rested for their trip to Boston on Tuesday. Expect Rask to be
back in net for this one.
Without Vanek the Sabres don't stand a chance
Buffalo started off good beating Phily and Toronto but have
dropped three games since and fell to 2-3 on the year. The Sabres should not be
legitimate in the East this year but on any given night can still give you a
game. When Ryan Miller is on he’s a fantastic goalie and the Bruins have had
trouble with him in the past. Buffalo needs Thomas Vanek to get healthy to put
their best foot forward and have a shot at beating the Black and Gold.
If the Bruins can manage four points out of these three games
they should remain atop the Conference and continue to solidify themselves as