Pregame notes: Bruins vs. Senators | 1pm EST
The Bruins will be hosting the Senators for their sixth and final meeting of the 2009-10 season, today for a 1pm matinee at the TD garden. The B’s are 4-1-0 over the Sens on the season, with a 15-12 scoring edge. This will mark the 100th meeting between these two Northeast Division rivals in their lifetime series. Boston holds a 55-29-8-7 record over Ottawa, while holding the scoring edge of 319-259.
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Away Team: Ottawa Senators (27-21-4, 58 points, 2nd Northeast Division, 5th Eastern Conference, 5-0-0 last five)
- 9-13-1 on the road
- 14th in the NHL with 2.71 goals-for per game
- 20th in the league in goals-against average per game – 2.88
- 30th/last in the league with a 15.4% success rate on the power-play
- 8th overall on the penalty-kill with an 83.6%
- averaging 30 shots-for, and 28 shots-against per game
No. 11 Daniel Alfredsson is tied for the team-lead in points [13-26-39 in 41 games] and has 4-4-8, plus-5, and nine shots on goal in his last four games played since returning from injury.
No. 12 Mike Fisher [17-22-39 through 50 games] has tallied 2-5-7, plus-3, and 14 shots on goal over his last five contests.
No. 27 Alexi Kovalev is rising a five-game scoring streak, 1-5-6, plus-2, and 23 shots on goal during that span – and has 12-23-35 totals in 49 games this season.
No. 43 Peter Regin has posted 2-3-5 over his last two games with five shots on net.
No. 31 goaltender Mike Brodeur has won the first three starts of his NHL career
No. 19 Jason Spezza could make his return to the ice this afternoon, after missing the last six-plus weeks [Dec. 14] with a knee injury. The Sens re-assigned forward Zach Smith, yesterday, back to their AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators.
Home Team: Boston Bruins (23-18-8, 54 points, 3rd Northeast Division, 7th Eastern Conference 1-3-1 last five)
- 13-10-3 at home this season
- 30th/last in the NHL with 2.43 goals-for per game
- 5th in the league with 2.41 goals-against per game
- 19th overall with a 17.3% power-play
- 2nd in the NHL with a 87.6% success rate on the penalty-kill
- averaging 30.2 shots-for and shots-against per game
Michael Ryder has 2-1-3 in his last five games with 13 shots on goal and a plus-1 rating.
Daniel Paille has posted 2-1-3 totals, plus-3 and 12 shots on goal over his last four games.
Milan Lucic has two assists in his last three contests.
Johnny Boychuk has three assists, plus-1, and six shots over his last three outings.
Steve Begin [undisclosed], Byron Bitz [undisclosed], and Marco Sturm [leg] all missed practice yesterday, and will not play today.
The Bruins will be wearing their Winter Classic uniforms this afternoon.
Expect the same lineups as Thursday’s game and yesterday’s practice:
Daniel Paille – Patrice Bergeron – Mark Recchi
Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Blake Wheeler
Michael Ryder – Trent Whitfield – Miroslav Satan
Shawn Thornton– Vladimir Sobotka – Drew Larman
Zdeno Chara – Derek Morris
Mark Stuart – Dennis Wideman
Matt Hunwick – Johnny Boychuk