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Scouting the Enemy: Boston Bruins


Record: 27-5-4

Leading scorer: Marc Savard  11G, 32A, 43 pts, David Krejci (13G, 26A, 39pts)

Blogs: The Bruins Report | Boston Blueline

Don't look now but the Bruins have won eight in a row.  To top that off, they've only lost once in regulation this month (11-1).  Tim Thomas (15-3-3) and Manny Fernandez  (12-2-1) make up for the league's best one-two combo between the pipes.  Factor in Marc Savard and the recent surge of David Krejci and you have the formula for a first place team.

But hey, the Penguins beat them in a 2-1 shootout back on October 20.  Dany Sabourin was in net, stopping 35 of 36 shots to carry the Pens to a shootout.  Sykora and Malkin took it from there with a goal each to take the two points.

Tonight it looks like a different story.  Marc-Andre Fleury will more than likely get the start, barring a sudden change of structure by Michel Therrien.  Keep in mind though that Therrien chose to bench Fleury last time around, so maybe he'll stick with Sabu for this one.  We'll see...

On a side note, I can't help but feel bad for the Bruins' Patrice Bergeron, scratched for the second time in 14 months with a concussion.  You may remember last season when the Flyers' Randy Jones clocked Bergeron into the boards (video here in case you didn't).  Well just last week Bergeron went down once again via a hit from Carolina's Dennis Seidenberg (video).  Not surprisingly Bergeron is on the IR.

Additional Bruins injuries up after the jump.

Boston Bruins Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Petteri Nokelainen right arm/hand 12.13.2008
Aaron Ward leg/ankle 12.20.2008
Marco Sturm knee 12.19.2008
Andrew Ference right leg surgery 11.15.2008