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Bruins Schedule 2011: Busy, Tough Week For Boston

The Bruins season might be on the mend, but Boston has a tough slate this week, facing the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres in order.

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The Bruins hope their season turned a corner last week when Boston hung a 7-0 beat-down on the Northeast Division-leading Maple Leafs in Toronto. With three games this week, the Bruins should emerge with a good idea of how improved the team really is.

A weekend matchup against the Sabres looms large. Buffalo is second in the Northeast Division and it's the first meeting of the season between the division rivals on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on NESN. The Bruins also face Edmonton (Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on NESN), which at 8-3-2 leads the Northwest division. It's a tough end of the week for Boston.

With a daunting end-of-the-week slate, the Bruins need to start the week on the right foot against the Islanders on Monday night. The nationally televised game (Versus) pits the Bruins against a New York team that just beat the Capitals to end a six-game losing streak. That's the type of confusing sentence that leaves it unclear what the Bruins can expect from the Islanders.

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