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Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers

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Start Time: 7:08 p.m. MDT

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Hockey is a game of streaks, something the Edmonton Oilers have made evident in this early season.

A four-game win streak to start the year quickly gave way to a three-game losing streak, capped by a 6-3 drubbing at the hands of the Canucks on Saturday. Despite some spirited Oilers play, Vancouver dominated on the powerplay scoring four goals in six tries, prompting Craig MacTavish to appropriately describe his team’s special teams as “brutal.”

But tonight’s home matchup versus the Boston Bruins at Rexall Place—the Oil’s fourth game in six days—could be just what the Oilers need to right the ship before heading on a  gruelling seven-game road trip, the Oilers’ longest of the season.

Boston is coming off a 5-4 win over Atlanta in which sophomore Milan Lucic scored his first ever hattrick to give him four on the season—half of his goal-scoring output from his rookie campaign last season. Lucic also gave a smashing performance on Saturday when he catapulted Mike Van Ryn through a glass panel which sent shards of glass flying in every direction—including on two fans that would require some medical attention.

This will be the first time the Oilers have faced the Bruins since being shut out, 3-0, on Feb. 13, 2007 and will be the only contest between the two clubs this season.

Just The Facts...

The Answers

Pre-Game Video...

Bob Stauffer and Rob Brown discuss tonight's game Pre-game comments from Shawn Horcoff, Erik Cole, Sam Gagner, Robert Nilsson &Craig MacTavish Pre-Game Audio...  Pre-Game vs. Boston: Horcoff, Cole, Gagner, Nilsson 

 Pre-Game vs. Boston: Craig MacTavish 

Sunday's Video: MacTavish and Staios on the NHL's blocked shots proposal.

The Other Side

Boston Bruins Sunday Notebook - There were plenty of things to enjoy about the B's effort against Atlanta on Saturday. “Obviously, no one was happy after that first period,” said Marc Savard from the victorious locker room. “But we went out (and got the win)." ...more Lucic is looking good - After throwing a glass-shattering hit on Thursday, on Saturday Milan Lucic had a career-high four points and scored the game-winning goal in the 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers to complete a hat trick ...more

Odds and Ends

5 Questions with Marc Pouliot - Oilers forward Marc Pouliot has yet to drop the gloves this season, but if it happens, he might use some moves acquired in the virtual ring. In addition to listing his favourite video game, Marc answered four other questions. ...more

From the Wire (AP)

The Boston Bruins considered sending Milan Lucic back to his junior squad last season, but the rookie's impressive play earned him a spot on the Bruins' roster for all of 2007-08.

The team is even more excited about the young left winger's potential now that he can see the puck clearly.

After delivering his first career hat trick in his second game wearing corrective lenses, Lucic tries to help the Bruins build on a comeback victory as they visit the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night.

Lucic, 20, earned a spot with Boston out of training camp last fall, but the team expected to send him back to his junior club for further development at some point. Lucic, though, played well enough to stay with the Bruins all season, recording eight goals and 19 assists in 77 games.

Lucic appears primed for a even more productive season after his performance Saturday night. Playing with contact lenses, he scored three goals and added an assist as Boston (3-2-3) overcame an early 2-0 deficit to beat Atlanta 5-4.

"It's like going from ordinary TV to high-definition TV," said Lucic, who played with contacts once last season before losing them during a fight. "It's good to be out there when your vision's clear."

Lucic, who had one goal and two assists in his first seven games this season, scored two go-ahead goals in the third period as Boston snapped a three-game winless streak.

"He won us a hockey game tonight just with the way he played and the kind of identity we talk about - grinding it out, out-working, out-muscling," Bruins coach Claude Julien told the team's official Web site.

Lucic's big night gave the Bruins their first home win in their last game before a three-game road trip.

"If we have a good road trip here, we can build a lot of momentum going into November," Lucic said.

Edmonton (4-3-0) had momentum after opening the season with four consecutive wins. It's long gone as the Oilers have been outscored 13-4 in dropping their last three games, including a 6-3 loss at Vancouver on Saturday night in which they gave up four power-play goals in six opportunities.

Edmonton has allowed a power-play goal in each of its last five games, with a total of nine in that stretch. It's 124th in the league with a 70.0 penalty-kill percentage.

"Our penalty killing was bad. It was brutal," said coach Craig MacTavish, whose team was 0-for-4 on its power-play opportunities Saturday. "When they're 4-for-6 on the power play and 4-for-4 on their special teams, you can't overcome that. You've got to be able to kill the penalties."

MacTavish's club will try to rebound against a Bruins team that has seven power-play goals in 33 opportunities for a 21.2 conversion percentage - eighth-best in the NHL.

This is the first meeting between these teams since Boston's 3-0 win Feb. 13. Tim Thomas made 32 saves for the shutout, improving to 2-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average in two career starts against the Oilers.

Manny Fernandez, Boston's other goalie, is 9-6-0 with three ties, one shutout and a 2.08 GAA lifetime against Edmonton.

In three starts versus the Bruins, the Oilers' Mathieu Garon is 2-1-0 with a shutout and a 1.00 GAA.

2008-2009 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Oct 27 '08 BOS 1 at EDM 0 - OT D. Wideman
M. Savard95712+3820
P. Kessel9617+2431
M. Lucic9437+11611
D. Krejci9336+2211
M. Ryder9156+4200
P. Bergeron9156+2600
D. Wideman9235+4411
M. Sturm9134+3600
A. Ference9044+6800
P. Axelsson6044+1000
Z. Chara9033-3800
B. Wheeler9202+0800
C. Kobasew1022+2000
S. Yelle9101-1400
S. Thornton9011+11400
A. Ward9011+0800
S. Hnidy8011+1000
M. Stuart9000+1800
P. Nokelainen6000-1000
V. Sobotka5000-2000
M. Hunwick1000+0000
T. Thomas52-1-2111622.12.932
M. Fernandez42-1-1121112.95.892
A. Hemsky8066-3000
D. Grebeshkov8145+01000
S. Souray7145+0400
A. Cogliano8224+1201
R. Nilsson8224+0611
E. Moreau8134+4800
S. Horcoff8303-1820
L. Visnovsky8213-2421
D. Penner8202+2201
E. Cole8112-32310
F. Pisani6112+2200
M. Pouliot8022-1000
S. Staios6101+3700
T. Gilbert8011-2400
S. Gagner7011+1400
J. Strudwick7011+0700
K. Brodziak8000-2000
S. MacIntyre6000-11200
Z. Stortini5000-22900
L. Smid4000-1700
M. Garon53-2-0161563.20.897
J. Deslauriers11-0-03293.00.897
D. Roloson20-1-14661.95.939