The Boston Bruins are in a bit of a hole as of late, having lost their last two games and scored just one goal in each of them. The third-period demolition by the Winnipeg Jets represented what could be a new nadir for them as they try to reclaim their old reputation of being amazing in the last period of games. Now they continue their road trip, hitting up Canada’s capital city to see the Ottawa Senators again.
Though the Sens keep finding ways to win despite having so many injured players, the Bruins keep finding ways to win over the Senators. They’ve won both games so far this season, one at home and one away, and look to make it three tonight. A win would also be their 11th straight road win over Ottawa. Nathan Horton and Patrice Bergeron were the goal-scorers in their first meeting while Shawn Thornton, Daniel Paille and David Krejci (in the shootout) got Boston their second win.
The bad news is that Adam McQuaid is joining the injured Bruins corps: he has suffered a shoulder strain and went back to Boston for evaluation. He’s estimated to be out for three or four weeks, which basically means his season is over unless he recovers at a superhuman pace. Aaron Johnson will be replacing him on the defensive corps. The good news is that Krejci is feeling better, skated with the team this morning and is a game-time decision for this evening, so he might be leaving the injured corps tonight.
Robin Lehner will get the nod for the Senators tonight in net, but the Bruins’ decision is a little less clear right now. Anton Khudobin and Tuukka Rask left morning skate at pretty much the same time. Rask’s record against Ottawa is pretty awesome: four wins, no losses of any sort, a 1.51 goals-against average, .952 save percentage and a shutout. Khudobin just has one game against the Sens on his record, but that was his Boston debut and ended in a win, 1.00 GAA and .978 save percentage.
Can the Bruins overcome the issues they’ve been having lately and start getting back to good tonight? The game starts at 7:30 p.m. on NESN.