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P-Bruins Take On the CT Whale

Providence takes on Hartford's AHL squad tonight in Rhode Island

Friday, 11.30.2012 / 12:28 PM ET / Features
By Evan Sporer  - BostonBruins.com
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P-Bruins Take On the CT Whale
BostonBruins.com — The last time the Providence Bruins and the Connecticut Whale locked horns, it was a victory for the home team in Hartford on the strength of a six-goal explosion.

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Tonight, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, the P-Bruins are looking to return the favor.

Luckily for the AHL’s Black & Gold, they’re moving forward with a short memory.

"There’s a lot of games here, and with the schedule here, you play two or three games in a row, and you have to be able to reload quick and think about the next game," said Providence goalie Niklas Svedberg after Friday’s morning skate.

Svedberg came in and relieved Michael Hutchinson in Providence’s 6-3 loss to Connecticut October 27 after Hutchinson let in the first four. But Svedberg owns all seven of the P-Bruins victories this season, and is hoping to jump-start the team’s weekend with a strong performance against the Whale.

"I feel pretty comfortable; I try to play my game the way I want to play it," Svedberg said. The 23-year-old prospect is playing his first professional season in North America, and is still adjusting to the style of play. This week, he was assisted in practice by Bruins goaltending coach Bob Essensa.

"[I try to] play a simple game; try to be in the right position all the time, and hopefully I can get better here the longer the season goes," Svedberg said. "We worked on a lot of things the whole week here with Bob.

"Just trying to work on every aspect of the game. We’re working a lot on close play around the net, around the posts, so I don’t know if there’s something special from last week, or just in general, just the whole game, trying to work on small details."

If the rest of the Providence squad can follow suit in fixing the "small details," it could be a fruitful weekend for the P-Bruins, with a potential six points on the line, and Providence looking to claw its way back into the playoff hunt.

"With the talent that we have down here and the players we have down here, we obviously expected to be off to a little bit of a better start," said David Warsofsky. "But as many people know, it’s a long season here and at the NHL level, and you have to be ready for that."

Warsofsky said if he and his fellow defenseman can help light the lamp for Providence — an area of its game the team has struggled in — it could provide a huge boost for the squad.

"We want to come out strong and start the month off the right way with a win, and get back on track for ourselves," Warsofsky said.

After hosting Connecticut tonight, Providence will then playing a pair of Atlantic Division games, traveling to Portland tomorrow, and then returning home Sunday to host Worcester.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
4 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
5 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
6 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
7 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
8 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47

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P. Bergeron 52 19 26 8 45
L. Eriksson 52 16 24 11 40
D. Krejci 42 12 27 2 39
R. Spooner 52 11 27 -5 38
B. Marchand 47 24 12 12 36
Z. Chara 50 7 20 8 27
M. Beleskey 50 8 17 10 25
T. Krug 51 3 21 6 24
J. Hayes 50 11 12 -5 23
B. Connolly 49 7 9 -5 16
 
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T. Rask 19 15 5 .918 2.47
J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .915 2.38
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