If you’re not already sick of it, you will be after tonight as Taylor Hall and the Edmonton Oilers invade the TD Garden to take on Tyler Seguin and the Boston Bruins.
In case you have lived under a rock during the past two years, Hall and Seguin went number one and two overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Last February in Edmonton, Seguin and his Bruins got the best of Hall and his Oilers as the Bruins beat the Oilers 3-2, neither Seguin nor Hall had a point in the contest.
Both teams come into tonight’s game playing good hockey. Edmonton is 7-2-1 in their last 10 and leads the Northwest division by one point over the Minnesota Wild. The Bruins winners of their last four games look to stay perfect in the month of November.
Puck Drop: 7:00 P.M.
TV: NESN Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
2010-11 Season Series: Bruins 1-0
Expected Goalies: Tuukka Rask vs. Devan Dubnyk
What to watch for Bruins:
After having a hard time putting the puck in the net in the month of October, the Bruins have broken out for 18 goals in their last three games, 13 of those have come from the Bruins top two lines. If the Bruins are to extend their streak to four wins in a row, the hot scoring from the B’s top six forwards will need to continue.
After being held pointless in his first eight games, Beniot Pouliot finally found the score sheet in Monday’s win over the Islanders when he opened the scoring for the Bruins. His first tally of the year may be the spark the former first round draft pick needs to catch fire. Keep an eye on how Pouliot comes out and looks tonight.
With Rich Peverley a game time decision due to his undisclosed injury, the Bruins have called up forward Zach Hamill from Providence. Hamill leads the baby B’s with 10 points. Hamill has had numerous chances with the big club, but could never get over that hump. A start tonight could be Hamill’s last chance to show the Bruins brass that he has what it takes to be an NHL player.
What to watch for Oilers:
Edmonton is loaded with young talent as Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Jordan Eberle are three tremendous hockey players who are 21-years-old or younger. Nugent-Hopkins who was the number one overall pick in this past June’s Entry Draft is two points behind Ryan Smith for the team lead in points.
The Bruins will catch a break tonight as the NHL’s hottest goaltender will watch the action from the Oilers bench. Khabibulin will be the back-up tonight as Devan Dubnyk gets the nod for the Oilers. Khabibulin leads the NHL with a 0.98 goals against average and a 7-0-2 record. Getting pucks past Dubnyk is also no easy task either. Dybnyk rides into tonight’s game with a 2-3 record, but an impressive 2.19 goals against average.
Like the Bruins Seguin, Oilers top scorer Ryan Smith has been on fire. Smith has eight points in his last five games which includes five goals. Smith has really found his game in Edmonton this season. The Oilers acquired Smith in the off-season after two seasons in Los Angeles.
Bruins gameday links:
Pallie feeling better after puck to face. (ESPN Boston/Joe McDonald)
Joe Haggerty of Comcast Sportsnet New England touches on how Seguin and Hall will forever be linked.
Take a look what has gone down this week in Bruins history. (Stanleycupofchowder.com)
Oilers gameday links:
The Cult of Hockey talks about the struggling Oilers fourth line.
Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun takes a look at Ales Hemsky returned from injury without any rust to his game.