Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators: Home Again, Home Again
Both of these Northeast Division teams are going streaking–the Bruins hold a four-game win streak and the Senators five. But it also took Ottawa 20 games to reach 26 points, whereas Boston has that same amount from 16 games played. Though many of Ottawa’s biggest names are injured while the Bruins are in good health, the Sens are finding ways to win. Keep an eye on goalie Ben Bishop, although considering that he stands at a whopping 6’7″, it’s hard not to keep an eye on him.
EDIT: To keep an eye from Bishop, you’ll have to do it from the bench. According to Naoko Funayama, Robin Lehner is going to be in net tonight.
Former Senators Zdeno Chara and Chris Kelly will see their old team again tonight. This is the second game in a row where Chara has been playing against a former team of his. He’s put up nine goals and 16 assists in 48 career games against the Sens. Kelly has played much fewer games against Ottawa overall since much of his career was spent on their team, but has two goals and an assist in nine games played.
Other notable performers against the Senators include Nathan Horton (nine goals and 11 assists in 29 games played), David Krejci (eight goals and 15 assists in 29 games played), Rich Peverley (three goals and eight assists in 14 games played) and Patrice Bergeron, whose first career hat trick came against Ottawa in January 2011 and who has 14 goals and 19 assists in 42 games played. Team-leading goal scorer Brad Marchand has found the back of the net five times and put up three assists in 13 games played.
Tuukka Rask has not had much playing time against Ottawa in his career to date, but holds a 2-0-0 record with a 1.60 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage, plus a shutout. He left the ice first at morning skate, so look for him between the pipes tonight.
Tonight’s game is on NESN at 7 p.m.
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