Original Six Preview: Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks

December 18th, 2009 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
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On Friday night the Boston Bruins come to the United Center for their token visit this year, and it comes with the Hawks and Bruins sliding in opposite directions.

The Bruins have lost their last two games, both with Tim Thomas in net, and three of their last five. The two losses, at the Islanders and at home to Philadelphia, have come against teams in the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.

Boston, however, is in second place in the Northeast Division, just four points behind Buffalo.

Coming into Friday's action, the Bruins have been consistently inconsistent in December. They've converted five of 24 power plays in the month (20.8 percent), but four of those five conversions came in games after they went 0-7 against in Montreal. That game happened to be the night the Habs celebrated their 100th anniversary, and the Bruins got shelled 5-1.

Statistically speaking, the Bruins come in very similar to the Blackhawks. They don't have one overwhelming scorer on paper, but can hit you from a number of positions. Their leading scorer, Patrice Bergeron with wit ...

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