Fresh off two straight wins at the TD Garden against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers, the Boston Bruins now hit the road for the first of a back-to-back when they face the Ottawa Senators tonight at Scotiabank Place. With the Pittsburgh Penguins awaiting the Bruins’ arrival in the Steel City tomorrow, the Black and Gold will want to take care of business in a potential trap game against its Northeast Division foes.
And, more importantly, the Bruins certainly know that after the last meeting where they escaped with a 2-1 overtime victory back on Feb. 28 at the TD Garden.
“These two teams are playing well,” said Bruins forward and ex-Senator Chris Kelly after yesterday’s practice in Wilmington. “I watched the Pittsburgh-Toronto game [on Saturday] and Pittsburgh…it seems like every line they put on is a great line.
“If we start looking at Pittsburgh and not focusing on Ottawa, it will be a long night in that arena,” Kelly added. “They’re playing well. We won in overtime, but they played a great system. Everyone has brought into the way the coach [Paul MacLean] wants them to play and they play hard and they work in all three zones.”
Ottawa comes in off a narrow 3-2 victory against the New York Rangers Friday night at Madison Square Garden. The Sens currently trail the Bruins by five points for fourth in the Eastern Conference.
Boston, meanwhile, trails the Montreal Canadiens by three points in the Northeast/Eastern standings with four games in hand.
Gametime: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Scotiabank Place
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins (16-3-3, 35 points), Senators (13-8-4, 30 points)
Bruins’ projected lineup
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jordan Caron-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dougie Hamilton-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Senators’ projected lineup
Guillaume Latendresse-Zack Smith-Daniel Alfredsson
Colin Greening-Kyle Turris-Jakob Silfverberg
Mark Stone-Mika Zibanejad-Chris Neil
Kaspars Daugavins-Jim O’Brien-Erik Condra
Sergei Gonchar-Marc Methot
Chris Phillips-Eric Gryba
Andre Benoit-Patrick Wiercioch
Bruins to watch
With five goals in his last five games – earning him Bruins Daily Player of the Week honors – Tyler Seguin is starting to find his groove. The third-year forward has been a staple on both ends of the ice along with fellow linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. The trio has been the Bruins’ best line combining for 60 of the team’s 173 points on the season; along with an astonishing plus-48. If you own any of these three on your fantasy hockey teams, then chances are your team is doing pretty well.
Meanwhile, the third line finally got going in Saturday’s victory thanks in part to Jordan Caron’s season debut. The former first round pick tallied an assist on Kelly’s first period goal against the Flyers and did not look out of place with Kelly and Rich Peverley. For a guy who’s been back and forth between Providence and Boston the past few seasons, and for a guy who has battled his share of injuries, it looks like Caron is making a case for staying with the big club in what could be his last chance to make a good impression.
Sens to watch
He may be young, but Robin Lehner has done well against the Bruins in his short 16-game career, and it comes to no surprise that he’ll get the start between the Sens’ pipes tonight. The 21-year old netminder has held to just two goals in his two career starts against the Black and Gold, including his 44-save performance the last time these two teams met. Boston, however, just needs to continue peppering the Swedish goalie with shots and maybe a few will find the back of the net.
Via ESPN Boston’s James Murphy, the Bruins are not looking past tonight’s opponent.
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Sensshot.com gives a few facts about the Bruins’ goaltending that Ottawa fans might not know about.
The Ottawa Sun talks to Guillaume Latrendesse about getting back into action.
Tweets of Interest
Dougie Hamilton fires a shot at Tuukka Rask during today’s morning skate (via @HackswithHaggs).
Dougie Hamilton winding up to take a shot at Tuukka Rask during morning skate in Ottawa instagr.am/p/WuQhd-LBtr/
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) March 11, 2013
And Bruins’ prospect and former Boston University defenseman David Warsofsky (@DaveWarsofsky5) weighs in on Jack Parker’s retirement after serving 40 years behind the Terriers bench.
Tough to sum up a man like Jack Parker’s legacy in 160 characters. But congrats to my former coach and an even better person #BUathletics
— David Warsofsky (@DaveWarsofsky5) March 11, 2013