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Bolland feels good, but shoots for faceoff improvement

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Offensively, Dave Bolland is on fire.

The pesky center has seven goals in his last nine games, and he's playing some of his best hockey overall.

"Bounces are going my way," said Bolland, who has 12 goals and 25 points. "Things are popping and going."

Bolland's goal against the Vancouver Canucks Friday was an example. He took a whack at a bouncing puck and it headed in Roberto Luongo's direction, eventually deflecting off Chris Tanev and in for a goal.

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Bolland knows there are still things to work on -- like faceoffs. He won only 22.7 percent of his draws in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Canucks. Bolland has a 44 percent winning percentage this season.

"Sometimes things go your way and things don't go your way," Bolland said. "After every practice, you're always working on [faceoffs]."

Quenneville is looking for some improvement.

Over time you should be getting stronger and getting more educated, be it technique-wise or the guy you're going against," Quenneville said. "We'd like to see a trend where we're seeing some improvement.

"He's coming off a couple tough games, but we still put him out there in faceoffs on the left side more than we should. Sometimes that's the matchup. But at the end of the day, that's got to be an area where he should want to get better."

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