With a shootout loss against the Buffalo Sabres last night, The Bruins now sit only three points in front of the Ottawa Senators for first place in the Northeast division. Considering tonight’s game is against the Senators, a win is more important than ever. The Bruins have been on the road for the last five game and tonight marks the end of the trip with the boys returning to the Bean Tuesday night.
The Bruins are looking to bring their road trip streak over .500 as right now they are 2-2-1. While the Bruins haven’t won 2 in a row since January, the Senators have won four straight. A benefit that the B’s have over Ottawa is that they have won all three match ups they’ve had this season.
It’s expected that Tim Thomas will get the nod in goal since Tuukka Rask played last night. Timmy has a pretty solid record against the Senators and especially in Ottawa with a 10-4-1 record including 3 shutouts. In net for the Senators will be former Bruin Alex Auld because typical starter Craig Anderson is out with a hand injury.
I think for the most part that the Bruins line will stay the same as it has been for the past two games. My only thought against this is switching up the Providence Bruins players. Josh Hennessy could get back into the lineup in favor of Carter Camper or Jordan Caron but that will be a game time decision I’m sure. Hennessy has sat out the last two games after Camper was recalled but he is a former Senator has played his first 20 NHL games with Ottawa. As for Andrew Bodnarchuk, I think he’ll once again be a healthy scratch.
Tonight’s game will definitely be a good game and it won’t be an easy one for Boston to win.After last nights game Coach Claude Julien had this to say:
“Big challenge tomorrow. They’re waiting for us at home and we have to travel there tonight, but we’ll be up to the task”.(Via NHLBruins)
Last night was progress and as I can only hope the team takes the shootout loss and learns from it. The team looked good last night, better than they have in a while and I hope its the start of something good. Puck drops at 7:00 on NESN.