BOSTON — The last time the Boston Bruins lost to the Washington Capitals before this Saturday’s defeat at Verizon Center, the Bruins bounced back and won their next 10 games.
The date was Dec. 10, and the Bruins failed to lose again until the calendar turned to 2009.
In a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee at TD Banknorth Garden today, the Bruins are hoping a loss to the Caps brings more good fortune, as the St. Louis Blues pay a visit. The Blues sit at the bottom of the Western Conference, so they could be the perfect patsy for the Bruins to exploit and start on another lengthy run of success — just like Atlanta was last month.
Former Blues defenseman Dennis Wideman is expected to be back after missing yesterday’s practice. Should he be out of the line-up, that would leave the Bruins down three of their top six D — a position they overcame once last month, but that was when they’re depth up front wasn’t being tested so. If Wideman is back in the line-up, he’ll want to keep his emotions in better check against his former club. During the Bruins’ win in St. Louis in late December he made some early gaffes that nearly put the Bruins in a hole. He bounced back wit some solid play at the crucial stages, including a save on the goal line after Manny Fernandez was out of position.
Season series: This is the second meeting of the year between Boston and St. Louis. The Bruins went on the road and took down the Blues, 6-3, last month powered by two goals from Blake Wheeler.
What they’re writing: Jeremy Rutherford in the Post-Dispatch reports that Roman Polak is out four to six weeks with a broken foot.
St. Louis Player to Watch: It’s time again for Wheeler and fellow stud rookie forward Patrik Berglund to go head to head. Wheeler won the previous match-up with two scores, but Berglund leads in the points department for the season, 29-28. Berglund and Wheeler are second and third, respectively, in the NHL in rookie scoring. Berglund is also one goal ahead of Wheeler, 14-13. And he’s doing it among an injury-depleted group of Blues forwards. We didn’t see much of what Berglund has to offer the last time Boston faced him (he was pointless and a minus-1).