Boston center Gregory Campbell said he's looking forward to getting to know his new teammates a little better when the Bruins play three consecutive games in western Canada.
Learning about those three new players might be a little easier than winning the opener of that stretch.
To improve to 3-0 on its season-high six-game trip Tuesday night, Boston will have to tame the Calgary Flames, who didn't cool off while playing in freezing temperatures this weekend.
Tomas Kaberle and Chris Kelly made their debuts for the Bruins in a 4-2 win over Kelly's former Ottawa teammates Friday. Rich Peverley, acquired from Atlanta in a four-player deal Friday, is expected to play his first game with Boston on Tuesday.
Peverley will join a team that's outscored the first two opponents on its trip 10-5 after being outscored 14-6 over a season-worst three consecutive regulation defeats.
"It will help being on the road for eight days," Campbell said. "I think everybody is looking forward to this trip.
"The three that we got have reputations as character guys and good players. We're looking forward to having them help us on the ice."
The Bruins (33-19-7) might need plenty of help against the Flames (31-22-8), who are 7-0-2 in their last nine home games. That includes a 4-0 victory over Montreal in Sunday's Heritage Classic at the University of Calgary's McMahon Stadium.
Rene Bourque scored twice in the Flames' third consecutive win and Miikka Kiprusoff overcame near-zero wind chill to post his fourth shutout of the season.
By improving to 11-1-2 in its last 14 games, Calgary moved into a tie for fifth place in the Western Conference with Nashville. The Flames were 14th in the West before starting that run.
"When the puck dropped, we knew it was a big two points ahead of us," Bourque said. "We just wanted to keep rolling and climbing up that ladder for a playoff spot."
Calgary has outscored its past three opponents 17-3 but was blanked in its previous matchup with the Northeast Division leaders. Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots during a 5-0 victory in Boston on March 27.
Kiprusoff was pulled early in the third period of that game but has posted a 1.04 goals-against average during his team's win streak and a 1.90 GAA over his last 12 starts.
Thomas, meanwhile, has a 4.72 mark in his last three and sat out the past two games in place of Tuukka Rask, who has never faced the Flames. Thomas, the NHL's GAA leader (2.02), was outdueled by Kiprusoff in his previous trip to Calgary, a 3-2 loss Oct. 30, 2008.
Kiprusoff is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA in his two games against the Bruins at the Scotiabank Saddledome, and the Flames are 4-0-1 in their last five matchups there with Boston.
Bourque, who has six points over the past three games, hasn't recorded a point in three contests against the Bruins.
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