April 19th, 2017 by

Game Day Preview: Bruins-Senators Game 4

Game Day Preview: Bruins-Senators Game 4

The Bruins’ main objective tonight? Make the remainder of the series a best-of-three.

With their 4-3 overtime win in Game 3 on Monday night, the Senators have regained home ice advantage in the best-of-seven first round series. Another win in Game 4 would put the Bruins in a do or die situation when the series shifts back to Ottawa on Friday night for Game 5.

There is a bit of good news for the Bruins, however. Colin Miller, who missed the last two games with a lower-body injury, will return to the lineup for Game 4. The second-year Bruin will replace Tommy Cross, who tallied an assist in his first postseason game on Monday night.

Perhaps the Bruins will get a few more healthy bodies, like Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo, as the series progresses. A win tonight can only help their cause for getting injured players back into the lineup as well as their hopes of a first-round upset against their Atlantic Division rivals.

Gametime: 7:30 pm
TV/Radio: NESN, USA/98.5 The Sports Hub
Series: Senators lead 2-1
Location: TD Garden

Bruins projected lines

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Backes
Drew Stafford-David Krejci-David Pastrnak
Tim Schaller-Riley Nash-Noel Acciari
Dominic Moore-Ryan Spooner-Frank Vatrano

Zdeno Chara-Charlie McAvoy
John-Michael Liles-Colin Miller
Joe Morrow-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Senators projected lines

Mike Hoffman-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Mark Stone
Clarke MacArthur-Kyle Turris-Bobby Ryan
Alex Burrows-Derick Brassard-Viktor Stalberg
Tom Pyatt-Zack Smith-Tommy Wingels

Marc Methot-Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf-Codi Ceci
Ben Harpur-Chris Wideman

Craig Anderson
Mike Condon

Tonight’s storylines

– With just one goal in the series, the Bruins are going to need more out of Brad Marchand in Game 3. In his three games back since serving a two-game suspension for spearing Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin, the Sens have been getting under Marchand’s skin little by little. With eight goals in three games – including six in the last two – the Bruins are finding cracks in Guy Boucher’s 1-3-1 system. Now it’s up for their best players, like Marchand, to do what he does best, beginning in Game 4.

– Early in the series, the success of the Bruins’ penalty kill hasn’t carried over from the regular season to the playoffs. Despite the rather questionable officiating in Game 3, including Riley Nash’s penalty on Bobby Ryan that led to Ottawa’s second overtime winner in as many games, the Bruins’ shorthanded unit hasn’t come through when it matters the most. In Game 2, they allowed a game-winner in the vulnerable minute following Zdeno Chara’s penalty and in Game 3 Ryan found some open space in front of Tuukka Rask as he walked in for the 4-3 victory. Like Marchand’s performance, the PK trend will need to change in Game 4. The Bruins have only converted at a 70 percent success rate while shorthanded, which is currently second worst among the 16 playoff teams.

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