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B’s pregame notes versus Oilers
Posted By Joe Haggerty On October 31, 2009 @ 11:24 am In General | No Comments
Here are a few quick tidbits to get everyone ready for the Saturday afternoon matinee between the Bruins and the Edmonton Oilers . The Oil are coming off a wild 6-5 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings  Thursday night and Dustin Penner already has five multi-point games this season. The key to Penner’s turnaround: dropping some extra weight this summer and shedding the doghouse he was locked in under former Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.
–B’s defenseman Dennis Wideman  is scoreless in his last five games, but played pretty solidly against the New Jersey Devils  Thursday night. He’s a candidate for a breakout game against Edmonton.
–Michael Ryder  will be playing in his 400th career game with the Bruins Saturday afternoon.
–Saturday afternoon’s tilt against the Western Conference Oilers touches off a 15 games in 29 days stretch thanks to the Winter Olympics-ified NHL  schedule, and hands the B’s a pretty hefty challenge that will slowly gnaw away at their roster depth. The key, according to head coach coach Claude Julien , is building some momentum along the way. That momentum starts on Saturday afternoon, when the Bruins go on a mini-stretch of fives games in eight days.
“You’ve got to build some consistency and some momentum. You hope that you stay healthy through this stuff,” said Julien. “As a coaching staff, we need to know when to push on the gas pedal and when to back off. We need to make sure we keep getting better. We’ve had our rest. We’ve had our days. We need to make sure that when it comes time for game time that we’re ready to go.”
–A few trends with the Oilers: Edmonton is 1-3 overall on the road this season and sits at 1-4 when they allow the first goal in games this season.
–Penner is coming off a one goal, three assist performance against the Wings Thursday night and is averaging nearly two points a game with 7 goals, 9 assists in his last nine games.
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 Edmonton Oilers: http://media.weei.com/hockey/edmonton-oilers.htm
 Detroit Red Wings: http://media.weei.com/hockey/detroit-red-wings.htm
 shedding the doghouse he was locked in : http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Penner-takes-advantage-of-clean-slate-in-Edmonto?urn=nhl,199369
 Dennis Wideman: http://media.weei.com/hockey/dennis-wideman.htm
 New Jersey Devils: http://media.weei.com/hockey/new-jersey-devils.htm
 Michael Ryder: http://media.weei.com/hockey/michael-ryder.htm
 NHL: http://media.weei.com/hockey/nhl.htm
 Claude Julien: http://media.weei.com/hockey/claude-julien.htm
 Tuukka Rask: http://media.weei.com/hockey/tuukka-rask.htm
 Tim Thomas: http://media.weei.com/hockey/tim-thomas.htm
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