Boston Bruins at Ottawa Senators: Road Strength Meets Home Strength
When the Boston Bruins face the Ottawa Senators in Scotiabank Place tonight, it will be a battle of a strong road team (Boston) versus a strong home team (Ottawa). The Senators are coming off a five-game road trip in which they quite nearly came home without a single win while the Bruins just shut out the Philadelphia Flyers in a matinee at home.
These two teams last met at the end of February inside TD Garden, where Patrice Bergeron‘s overtime goal sealed the 2-1 Boston win. Speaking of Bergeron, he has a prolific history with Ottawa, putting up 15 goals and 19 assists in 43 games played. His linemate Tyler Seguin has scored a point in four of the Bruins’ last five games, including a three-point game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and has two goals and four assists in 13 games against Ottawa. To round out the second line, Brad Marchand also has points in four of the last five to go with a five goal, three assist output in 14 games.
The top line isn’t exactly unproductive against the Sens, though. Milan Lucic‘s line is eight goals and seven assists in 25 games, plus he’s on an active three-game point streak. David Krejci has eight goals and 15 helpers in 30 games while he too holds a three-game point streak. Nathan Horton has 10 goals and 11 helpers in 30 games.
Against his former team, Chris Kelly has two goals and an assist in 10 games. He scored in the Bruins’ most recent win and was part of NESN’s star of the game selection. Rich Peverley is also good against Ottawa: three goals and eight assists in 11 games played. On the defensive side, Dennis Seidenberg also has three goals and eight assists, though in 27 games, and that output includes a goal he once scored from the red line. Zdeno Chara also dishes out helpers–16 of them–to go with nine goals in 49 games.
Both of Boston’s goalies, Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin, have great records against Ottawa. Rask holds a 3-0-0 with a 1.41 goals-against average, .957 save percentage and a shutout. Khudobin’s debut with Boston came in an Ottawa game, so his record is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 and a .978.
This will be the first of two games in two days for the Bruins, so they need to be at their best tonight, especially in exhibiting the defensive style that will make coach Claude Julien feel like the issues that arose earlier have been solved now.
The game will be at 7:30 p.m.