The Boston Bruins are meeting with their fellow Northeast Division team, the Ottawa Senators, for the fourth of five times this evening at 7 p.m. So far this year, the season series has belonged solely to the Bruins. They’ve pulled out wins in all three games to date, although by thin margins: 2-1, 3-2, 2-1. See a pattern here? In the series, every single game has been decided by a single goal.
Both the Bruins and Senators had shutouts in their most recent games, but were on two different sides of the equation. Namely, the Bruins won their shutout game 2-0, but the Senators lost 4-0 to their in-province rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The sometimes-maligned first line for the Bruins came through in spades in that 2-0 win, getting both goals and every single assist save for one secondary helper.
That being said, they’re certainly not the only Bruins to be productive against the Sens in this season series. Daniel Paille, Dennis Seidenberg, Shawn Thornton and Patrice Bergeron have all found the back of the net when Ottawa is the opponent. Paille’s even done it twice this season. But since these are such low-scoring games so far, there hasn’t been much production–it would be nice for the team to put together a higher-scoring affair, something like their most recent meeting with the Montreal Canadiens–though without the lousy start or the shootout loss.
Kaspars Daugavins has reportedly obtained his work visa after a delay due in part to the fact that embassies took a long weekend for Easter. Speaking of guys who used to play for Ottawa, though: Chris Kelly was at the Cuts for a Cause event yesterday and announced that he’s started skating again, which is great news. The injured Adam McQuaid has also returned to the ice. Their estimated date of return to game action, though, is as yet unknown.
Look for Robin Lehner to be in net again tonight since he’s been in against the Bruins for the three other matches. On Boston’s side, Tuukka Rask may get the nod since he got a little rest over the weekend.
As for the other Bruins story lighting up Twitter today, which has to do with a man whose name begins with J and ends with -aromir Jagr? Well, I’m not going to take it as fact until general manager Peter Chiarelli signs off on a press release about it for the team website. To say we as Bruins fans got burned the last time a big trade involving a stately older player came to light would be quite the understatement.
Tonight’s game is at 7 p.m. on NESN.