The Bruins are looking for their fifth straight victory ending 4-1-0 in their past five games dropping to the Buffalo Sabres to start their road trip off but bouncing back quick against the Winnipeg Jets. Tonight they are back at the TD Garden hosting the Ottawa Senators for the first time of the season.
Currently the Bruins are on a four-game win streak while the Senators are on a five-game win streak of their own. Currently both teams are tied in points with 26, but the Bruins have played a mere 16 games to the Senators 20, giving them a fair advantage. Last season the Bruins were able to take five victories from the six times they met up with Ottawa and look to do much of the same thing this year in the five times they are scheduled to meet.
The Senators are playing without top defenseman Erik Karlsson who suffered a lacerated Achilles tendon after a questionable hit from Matt Cooke against the Penguins earlier last week. However, despite making a few line changes the Senators haven’t let that stop them or get them down. They’ve proven that they can handle playing against the bigger, perhaps stronger teams and can handle their own. They don’t seem to concerned about the history of struggle against the Bruins as they come into town:
“They’re a good team right now, they’ve kept the core of their team together for the last few years and have been getting better and better. With our team now, I like our chances,” said Alfredsson. “I think teams know we work extremely hard and if we’re in games they know that, you know, we should — maybe — beat this team and they start doubting themselves a little bit. That’s one of the secrets for us.”(via Senators.com)
The Bruins are heading into Thursday night’s meeting with a 100% healthy team and Anton Khudobin looking for his fourth start in net for Boston to give Tuukka a bit of a break coming off of the road trip where he started in all but one of the games. The key is to preserve him for the difficult schedule ahead for the Bruins and have him ready for some more trying games they have in the coming days. Khudobin is 2-1-0 this season and is sporting a .905 save percentage and 2.70 goals against average. For the Senators the plausible choice is to start Craig Anderson against two of the hottest offensive lines in the league right now with Brad Marchand leading the way for Boston with 10 goals from 28 shots on the season and David Krejci right behind him in the points standings with 5 of his 14 points being goals. Anderson is 8-4-2 on the season with a 1.94 goals against average and .952 save prcentage.
New England Sports Network has your coverage with Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley commentating or you can tune into 98.5 the Sports Hub at 7:00 for the game.