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The Bruins return to home ice tonight after a successful five game road trip that resulted in eight points (3-0-2), enough to move the team to the number one slot in the Northeast Division standings with a total of 48 points.
Tonight the 21-11-6 B’s host the Minnesota Wild (19-15-5) in the two teams’ only scheduled meeting this season. The Wild are coming off back-to-back wins and are looking to tie their longest win-streak of the season (3 games) with a W tonight. The Wild have won eight of the last ten meetings versus the Bruins and have posted wins in all of the five games played in Boston.
It is important that the Bruins do not fall into their typical first-game-back slump, coming out flat in tonight’s home return. The B’s have a very busy January schedule and especially critical are their next four games (after tonight): the Habs, Penguins, Senators and Flyers. Each is an Eastern Conference opponent and holds serious playoff implications (this is especially true of Montreal, who sit just 3 points behind the B’s in the divisional standings). Boston is currently third in the Eastern Conference Standings.
Interesting things to watch for tonight:
Who gets the start tonight: Tuukka or Thomas? Despite being pulled from the Sabres game after the 1st period, Tuukka posted his third win of the season in the Bruins' last game (vs Toronto).
· Where Sequin will line up: The rookie has been used predominantly as a wing but may be used as center in his line tonight against the Wild (with Bergeron and Recchi)
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