And just like that, they turned the calendar and left October far in the rear view mirror. Starting on November first, the Boston Bruins have convincingly won three games in a row. Soundly beating the Ottawa Senators, first place Toronto Maple Leafs again, and the New York Islanders. And doing it with aggressive play and plenty of goals outscoring their opponents 18-5 in those contests. Despite winning three in a row, the Bruins still find themselves on the outside looking in on the playoff picture, sitting at 13th place with 12 points. Far below the Pittsburgh Penguins riding at the top with 9 victories and 21 points It’s a good thing there is still a ways to go in the season. Tonight they can make it back to .500 with a win over the tough Edmonton Oilers. It’ll be the first meeting against the Oilers with 2010’s first overall draft pick Taylor Hall. Bruins Tyler Seguin was picked number 2 and there is a lot of hubbub in the Garden tonight about the matchup. And let us not forget Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who played his way onto Edmonton’s roster and not sent back to his junior team after 10 games. It’s a young guns night in Boston. Nugent Hopkins was also selected number one overall this past year and is off to a solid 6-6-12 start in 14 games this season and has the surprising Oilers on top of the Northwest Division. Taylor Hall had 22 goals in 65 games in his rookie season and has but three so far this year.
Tyler Seguin had just 11 goals in 74 games with the Bruins last year and just 22 points, but leads the team in scoring this year with eight tallies 14 games.
Tuukka Rask will be getting the start tonight and the first time in back to back games. The Bruins won’t have to face Nikolai Khabibulin and his microscopic 0.98 goals against average, instead getting a very competent Devan Dubnyk in goal for Edmonton.
It’ll be fun and interesting as we don’t get to see the Oilers a lot and this should be a good tough test for the Bruins as the look to see if they have found their game and October a far distant memory!