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Game Day: Oilers vs. Bruins

Edmonton travels to Boston for a Saturday matinee.

Saturday, 10.31.2009 / 11:27 AM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Game Day: Oilers vs. Bruins
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12:28 p.m.

Yesterday, Claude Julien said that he hoped the Bruins would "get on a roll" during their upcoming busy stretch.

However, it will take the a combined effort from the players and coaching staff to ensure that the B's make their way over .500.

"Some of it is confidence," said Julien. "It’s a number of things and how you get to better at that is you work on it in practice and make sure those guys get better at it and you hope that it almost becomes second nature."

One of the players who, according to the head coach, could use a confidence boost is Blake Wheeler.

"I think his confidence is coming back and all we’ve been doing is encouraging him and showing him those situations that he has to get better in," said the coach. "He wants to [produce], he cares, and his will is there.

"Last year his confidence took a beating and I think he came back here this year determined and when it didn’t happen right away his confidence took another beating.

"So this is where sometimes as a coaching staff you’ve got to step in there and work with him and help him get through it," said Julien.

Vladimir Sobotka is one player whose confidence has grown since he was switched to the center position. Julien says it's with good reason, too.

"He’s more comfortable," said Julien. "He’s played there most of his career.

"At this level, guys are obviously bigger and stronger than in the American League.

"So for him to battle along the boards all night long might not be the best scenario for him. At center he probably has a little bit more space and it still allows him to play gritty, but he doesn’t have to battle along the boards all night long," he said.

The Bruins defense corps continues to improve as Zdeno Chara and the B's blueliners continue to work toward last year's level of success.

"We’ve had other guys like Derek Morris [be a] pretty good defenseman for us this year," said Julien. "Dennis [Wideman] is on his game and [Andrew] Ference is finally finding his game. [Matt] Hunwick as well, so we feel we’ve got a D that we can maybe spread out a little bit more.

"But I think as we move on here you’ll see Zee [Zdeno Chara] find his groove. You’ll probably see his minutes go up as well."

11:31 a.m.

By now, the Bruins should all be in the locker room getting ready for this afternoon's game.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
4 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
5 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
6 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
7 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
8 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 51 19 26 9 45
L. Eriksson 51 15 24 10 39
D. Krejci 41 12 26 1 38
R. Spooner 51 11 27 -5 38
B. Marchand 46 23 12 12 35
Z. Chara 49 7 20 9 27
M. Beleskey 49 8 17 10 25
T. Krug 50 3 21 5 24
J. Hayes 49 11 12 -5 23
B. Connolly 48 7 9 -4 16
 
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T. Rask 18 15 5 .916 2.51
J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .915 2.38
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