October was a month the Bruins will quickly want to forget; hopefully November is better for the defending Stanley Cup Champions. The Bruins went 3-7 in the NHL’s opening month and sit dead last in the Eastern Conference as the calendar flips to a new month.
The Bruins, losers of their last three return to the Garden to host the red-hot Ottawa Senators. The Sens come into tonight’s matchup with the Bruins as the league’s hottest team as they have picked up six wins in a row.
Puck Drop: 7 p.m.
TV: NESN; Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
2010-11 series: Bruins 5-1
Expected goalie matchup: Tim Thomas vs. Craig Anderson
What to watch for Bruins:
If you live under a rock you may not know this, but the Bruins are struggling to score goals, despite the six-game-win-streak, the Senators are pretty good at letting them in. The Senators have allowed 45 goals this season, that’s the most in the NHL. A weak defensive team like the Senators may be exactly what the Bruins need to break out of their slump.
With Halloween now over with, it’s time for Brad Marchand to put his ghost costume away and return to the Marchand we all know and love. After starting the season off with four points in as many games, Marchand has been held pointless in his last six games. Last season Marchand had six points in six games against Ottawa, look for Marchand to snap out of his funk against a team he enjoys scoring against.
Beniot Pouliot was one of four Bruins who skated in the team’s optional skate today, a good indication the power forward will return to the lineup after missing the team’s loss in Montreal Saturday night due to flu like symptoms. Pouliot has yet to pick up his first point as a Bruin.
What to watch for Senators.
The Senators offensive punch is certainly what has kept them from a start similar to the Bruins. Ottawa has lit the lamp 39 times this season which ties them with the Pittsburgh Penguins for second in the NHL in goals. The Sens are led by forwards Jason Spezza (6-9-15) and Milan Michalek (8-15-13) Daniel Alfredsson is expected to miss his second straight game with concussion-like-symptoms.
A big issue this season has been the Bruins ability to stay out of the penalty box, something the Bruins need to do tonight. Ottawa comes into tonight with the NHL’s number one ranked power play with a 31.0 % success rate.
Gameday links Bruins:
Time for talk is over for Bruins. (Jesse Connolly/New England Hockey Journal)
Bruins ready to move into November (Joe Haggerty/Comcast New England)
The Days Of Yorr’ fellas introduce us to the new Tim Thomas Discover card commercial
Gameday links Senators:
The Silver Seven Senator blog takes a look at the recent success that has found some of the Sens top prospects.
Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson set to miss at least one week. (Nichols/ The6thsens.com)
Don Brennan from the Ottawa Sun takes a look at how the Senators believe in themselves.