Boston welcomes some Senators not named Kennedy or Kerry


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The Bruins will try to play their way out of their recent slump tonight when they take on the Ottawa Senators at the TD Banknorth Garden. The B's are just 1-4-0 over their last five games. The Senators enter tonight's game riding a 4-game winning streak, apparently not getting the memo from the league office about how the NHL Entry Draft works. The Sens have been so determined to win seemingly meaningless games that they have even resorted to cheating.

Just who are these Senators you speak of?
Ottawa Senators 27-29-10 (64 pts); 5th in Northeast, 12th in East

Leading Scorers


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Dany Heatley 32 29 61 -8 72


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Jason Spezza 23 32 55 -11 71



G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Daniel Alfredsson 21 41 62 9 18


Goaltending
GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Brian Elliott 22 1169 11 4 3 2 52 2.67 568 516 .908 0


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Alex Auld 34 1979 12 16 6 5 83 2.52 921 838 .910 1


Guys Who Like to Drop the Gloves
Chris Neil: 13 Fighting Majors, 127 PIMs (Injured)
Jarko Ruutu: 4 Fighting Majors, 120 PIMs

'08-'09 Season Series
Bruins record vs. Ottawa  3-0-0
10/18 @ OTT 4-2 W
1/8 vs. OTT 6-4 W
2/5 @ OTT 4-3 SO W

Injury Report

Boston
LW Marco Sturm: IR/Out for Season (Knee)
C Stephane Yelle: Out (Upper Body Injury)


Ottawa Senators Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Filip Kuba other-excused 03/12/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jason Smith knee 03/09/2009
Chris Neil calf 02/08/2009
Alexandre Picard knee 03/01/2009
Cody Bass shoulder 12/28/2008
Pascal Leclaire ankle 01/08/2009

Notes:

- Phil Kessel and David Krejci will be in the lineup tonight after missing yesterday's practice.

- The Bruins had an optional morning skate today. There will be no word on the starting goaltender or line combos for tonight until game time.

- The Senators have gotten some goals from some of their secondary scorers lately, but Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson, and Dany Heatley still account for 45.2% of the team's total offense.

- Will we see celebrity puck bunnies Carrie Underwood and Hillary Duff at the game? Apparently this is the most interesting story about the Sens this season. In other news, NHL.com has turned into Us Weekly.

- The Senators have a .172 winning percentage when trailing after the first period.

- For more on the Sens, be sure to check out one of the newest members of the SBN Hockey Crew, Silver Seven. This site is a great addition to SBN Hockey...and just in time for the playoffs. Just kidding, Peter. You take enough crap from the Pension Plan Puppets guys.

- Game starts at 7:00, public skate (open thread) starts at 6:00 (all times Eastern)

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