Game Preview: Boston Bruins @ Ottawa Senators

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Boston has won back to back against the Philadelphia Flyers (W 3-2) and the Detroit Red Wings (W 5-3). The Bruins are 5-1-1 in their last seven games, and seem to have found their footing since being without forwards David Krejci and Brett Connolly. The Bruins scored 2 shorthanded goals in the victory against Detroit Sunday. Ottawa is eight points behind Boston for the 2nd wild card spot in the Eastern conference, mostly due to the play of Goaltender Andrew Hammond, who has a 7-0-1 in his first eight starts.

Projected Lineups:


BOSTON BRUINS:

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith

Milan Lucic-Ryan Spooner-David Pastrnak

Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson

Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Maxime Talbot

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton

Torey Krug-Matt Bartkowski

Dennis Seidenberg-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Niklas Svedberg

Scratches: Brian Ferlin

Injuries: David Krejci (Knee), Kevan Miller (Shoulder), Brett Connolly (Finger)

Notes: Brad Marchand has 5 goals in four games, Ryan Spooner and Patrice Bergeron both have 4 assists in 4 games. Loui Eriksson has 3 points (2 goals and 1 assist) in 3 games.

OTTAWA SENATORS:

Milan Michalek-Kyle Turris-Mark Stone

Mike Hoffman-Mika Zibanejad- Bobby Ryan

Matt Puempel-David Legwand-Alex Chiasson

Eric Condra-Jean Gabriel Pageau-Curtis Luzar

Marc Methot-Erik Karlsson

Patrick Wiercioch-Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki-Eric Gryba

Craig Anderson

Andrew Hammond

Scratches:Colin Greening, Jared Cowen

Injuries:Robin Lehtner (Concussion), Clarke MacArthur (Concussion), Chris Phillips (Back), Zach Smith (Wrist), and Chris Neil (Back).

Notes: Mark Stone has 3 goals in 3 games. Mika Zibanejad has 7 points  (3 goals, 4 assists) in 7 games.

Current Bruins Record: 33-22-10 (76 points) 2nd Wild Card spot in East

Current Senators Record: 30-23-11 (71 points) 6th in Atlantic

^AHC

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