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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bruins Notes

As I mentioned last night, Michael Ryder is expected to miss between two and three weeks after having surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone. Ryder had some plates and screws inserted which really sounds pretty comfortable when you think about it. Bruins coach Claude Julien didn't seem too worried about the loss of Ryder, and considering the team has been missing Marco Sturm, I can't say I blame him.

However, Ryder's injury was supposed to pave the way for Petteri Nokelainen to earn himself a little more ice time. Petteri had a solid first period last night against the San Jose Sharks, but was the victim of a non-call high stick near the end of the first period. The high stick caught Nokelainen underneath the right eye. "It's an eye injury and I don't think it's looking very good right now," said Julien.

Lastly, Chuck Kobasew picked up a pair of injuries in the Sharks game. Everywhere I've looked online I haven't really been able to find out the status of these injuries, but I'll add more as information becomes available.

So with a two day rest before heading into New Jersey to face the Devils, the Bruins will be looking for a little bit of help. They still have questions to ask of themselves when it comes to finishing games, or even coming out and playing hard past the first period, but Julien is a damn good coach and should be able to fix those wrongs with the two days he does have. With two straight losses after securing a point in nine straight (6-0-3) the Bruins need to come out of New Jersey with something.

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