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Preview: Bruins take on the Oilers

The second half of a back to back

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Boston Bruins Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Just the Facts

Who: Edmonton Oilers (2-2-0)

When: 9 PM est

Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB

How to Follow: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN Site: Copper and Blue

Know your Enemy

The Oilers have won their last two games. This will be their home opener as they spent the opening week in Europe playing the New Jersey Devils before playing three games on the road in North America. The Oilers offense is Connor McDavid and only Connor McDavid so far. He has nine points on the Oilers’ ten goals. When the Oilers came to the Garden last week, he scored the only goal in a 4-1 victory for the Bruins.

Game Notes

  • Last time these two teams played there were a couple of fights. I wonder if we see the same emotion tonight.
  • The fourth line saw some significant time against the McDavid line last game. I highly doubt we see that again.
  • Ryan Donato wasn’t in the lineup the last time these two played. The Bruins scored a pair of powerplay goals that night. Bruce Cassidy mentioned the coaches saw a weakness in Edmontons penalty killing coverage close to the net. This is an area where Ryan Donato tends to succeed.
  • The Oilers are a team with a ton of speed. Playing them in a back to back situation is not going to be fun. How will the Bruins match their intensity in the first ten minutes of the game?

Never Forget

Oh this just happened a week ago...