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    GameDay: Bruins return home to face red hot Senators

    Joe Makarski February 28, 2013
    Boston Bruins, Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand, Bruins Blog

    (Getty Images) Brad Marchand looks to continue his torrid scoring pace, while fellow linemate Tyler Seguin looks to light the lamp for the Boston Bruins tonight against the Ottawa Senators.

    The Boston Bruins are finally returning home after a long and successful five game road trip where they went 4-1 to improve their record to a dominant 12-2-2. The Black and Gold will now be put to the test as their schedule gets more difficult with games almost every other night, including tonight when they host the Ottawa Senators at the TD Garden.

    The Senators come into Thursday’s game with the same amount of points as the Bruins (26), but Boston has four games in hand. Despite its share of injuries, Ottawa has won five in a row and are 12-6-2 on the year. They are coming off a 2-1 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens – sparked by Ben Bishop’s 44-save effort.

    The Bruins, meanwhile, are coming off a 4-1 win Tuesday night in Long Island. Brad Marchand scored his 10th of the season, Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin added two assists each and Tuukka Rask compiled a career-high 36 saves in the victory.

    Boston will once again return to the ice with a healthy lineup. But Ottawa will be without star defenseman Erik Karlsson, who is out indefinitely due to the hit by NHL’s most wanted man Matt Cooke, and forward Jason Spezza, who underwent back surgery at the beginning of February.

    After the jump: lineups, more storylines, linkage and tweets of interest

    Gametime: 7 p.m.
    Location: TD Garden
    T.V./Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins (12-2-2, 26 points), Senators (12-6-2, 26 points)

    Bruins projected lineup

    Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
    Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
    Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

    Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
    Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
    Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

    Tuukka Rask
    Anton Khudobin

    Senators projected lineup

    Jakob Silfverberg-Kyle Turris-Daniel Alfredsson
    Colin Greening-Mika Zibanejad-Erik Condra
    David Dziurzynski-Zack Smith-Chris Neil
    Kaspars Daugavins-Peter Regin-Jim O’Brien

    Patrick Wiercioch-Sergei Gonchar
    Chris Phillips-Andre Benoit
    Marc Methot-Eric Gryba

    Robin Lehner
    Ben Bishop

    Bruins to watch

    I guess we need to start keeping an eye on Marchand every game because it seems like he finds himself in the scoring column every night. The “Little Ball of Hate” tied for seventh in the league in goals after recording his 10th goal against the Islanders. Marchand, who is a plus-8 on the season, has been the biggest offensive surprise during the first third of the Bruins’ season.

    Rask, meanwhile, will be looking to go unbeaten in his last eight starts without giving up more than two goals in regulation. He has been playing great between the pipes and finally looks like he is looking more comfortable with each game.

    Senators to watch

    With Spezza and Karlsson both out, the Senators lost a lot of fire power. But Daniel Alfredsson still wears a Sens sweater (for the time being) and must be accounted for. He has four goals and seven assists on the season, but like Chara, some of the things he does on the ice is not seen in a box score. So, the B’s must know where No. 11 is at all times while on the ice.

    Kyle Turris leads the Senators in points with 12 (four goals, eight assists).

    Bruins linkage

    James Murphy talks about the success of the Senators even with several devastating injuries and about the defense of Tyler Seguin over the last few games and how it has helped the Bruins. (ESPN Boston)

    Joe Haggerty has today’s version of the “Morning Skate” for CSNNE.com

    Senators linkage

    Sensshot.com’s Phil Lemay has his game preview for tonight.

    And Chris Lund has a great take on Daniel Alfredsson’s thoughts on Boston and their matchup tonight at the TD Garden. (OttawaSenators.com – Inside the Senate)

    Tweets of interest

    With realignment seemingly on the horizon in the National Hockey League, Milan Lucic is making a case to play in the “Orr” Division according to ESPN Boston’s Joe MacDonald (@ESPNJoeyMac).

    Former Boston University defenseman Eric Gryba and fellow Sens’ blue-liner Patrick Wiercioch discuss a few things at the morning skate (via @NHL_Sens).

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