It’s been nearly two weeks since the Boston Bruins took on, at the time, the lowly and injury plagued Edmonton Oilers in Alberta. Boston showed very little fire in that contest and because of their lack of urgency they had to settle for 1 point in a absolute snoozer of a shootout loss.
Since then, Boston has gone 3-1-1 yet still haven’t quite played a truly complete game other than the 4-0 drubbing of Vancouver. They didn’t get out of first gear against Nashville. And they hung around just long enough to steal two points in Montreal. The Florida effort on Saturday was real nice though. They beat a team they should beat. Tonight is no different. One would hope the Bruins can build off of that much needed emotional win against the Habs, combined with Saturday’s execution.
Edmonton, however, used their win two weeks ago against that lazy Bruins performance to propel themselves onto a current 5-game win streak. Two of those wins have even come against the New York Rangers and the always electric Dallas Stars. It’s safe to say the Oilers come into Boston tonight feeling real good about themselves and ready to win.
What Bruins team are we going to get tonight? The sleepy one that has made a couple recent appearances? Or the one that showed up in the last 18 minutes of the Montreal game last week and the first 40 minutes against Florida? It looks like Jonas Gustavsson is going to get the start tonight in net. And the Bruins get a nice draw with Cam Talbot going for Edmonton. Talbot has been pretty shaky this year at best with a 3.17 goals against average and an .889 save percentage. In four of his last five starts he’s allowed 4 or more goals. He’s ripe for the picking.
But, I can’t even pick it tonight. My heart says the Bruins will show up flying, making clean breakouts, and forechecking the weaker Oiler defense into poor decisions. My head says I have no clue. These are games the Bruins have stunk up a few times this year in the urgency and effort department. If all things go well we’ll see Jimmy Hayes and Brett Connolly get on the score sheet. We’ll see Landon Ferraro keep up his good play. And we’ll see Gustavsson do what a good backup does; give the team the chance to execute and win.
The Oilers will be flying tonight. I can guarantee that. Let’s hope the black n’ gold are ready to do the same. This is a great opportunity to snag two points and end Edmonton’s hot little run their on.
Puck drops just after 7pm.