Bruins look for win #50 against Ottawa


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The Bruins will look to win their 50th game of the season and move closer to clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference tonight when the host the Ottawa Senators. The B's will try to extend their winning streak to 5 games, while the Senators will look to play spoiler after being eliminated from playoff contention earlier this week.

Just who are these Senators you speak of?
Ottawa Senators 33-33-10 (76 pts); 5th in Northeast, 12th in East

Leading Goal Scorers


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Dany Heatley 35 32 67 -11 80


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Jason Spezza 30 38 68 -11 75


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Daniel Alfredsson 23 49 72 7 20


Goaltending
GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Alex Auld 38 2142 13 17 6 7 90 2.52 987 897 .909 1


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Brian Elliott 30 1608 16 7 3 2 73 2.72 757 684 .904 1


Guys Who Like to Drop the Gloves
Chris Neil: 14 Fighting Majors, 140 PIMs
Jarkko Ruutu: 4 Fighting Majors, 132 PIMs

'08-'09 Season Series
Bruins record vs. Ottawa  4-0-0
10/18 @ OTT 4-2 W
1/8 vs. OTT 6-4 W
2/5 @ OTT 4-3 SO W
3/12 vs. OTT 5-3 W

Injury Report:

Boston
LW Marco Sturm: Out for Season (knee)
F Phil Kessel: Out (undisclosed injury)
LW Shawn Thornton: Doubtful (undisclosed injury)


Ottawa Senators Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

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

Projected Lines:

Current Bruins Lines & D-Pairs

 

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Michael Ryder
Mark Recchi - Patrice Bergeron - Chuck Kobasew
P.J. Axelsson - Marc Savard - Blake Wheeler
Steve Montador - Stephane Yelle - Byron Bitz

Zdeno Chara - Aaron Ward
Andrew Ference - Dennis Wideman
Matt Hunwick - Mark Stuart

 

Ottawa
Forwards
Dany Heatley Jason Spezza   Daniel Alfredsson
Nick Foligno Mike Fisher Ryan Shannon
Chris Kelly Mike Comrie Chris Neil
Jarkko Ruutu Jesse Winchester Shean Donovan
Defensemen
Chris Phillips Anton Volchenkov
Brendan Bell Filip Kuba
Chris Campoli Christoph Schubert
Goalies
Brian Elliott
Alex Auld

*Ottawa lines from NESN.com

Notes:

- I would expect Tim Thomas to be the starting puckstopper for the B's tonight.

- Ottawa is 10-4-0 in their last 14 games

- With a win or an overtime loss tonight, the Bruins will eliminate the New Jersey Devils from contending for the top spot in the conference.

- Phil Kessel will not play tonight (undisclosed injury). Shawn Thornton is also expected to miss tonight's game.

- The Senators have the highest winning percentage in the league when leading after the first period (.875).

- Game starts at 7:00. The open thread starts here at 6:00.

- For more on the Sens, check out Silver Seven

Today's Obligatory Embarrassing YouTube Fan Video

I'm not sure what is funnier about this video: the fact that Anton Volchenkov has trouble pronouncing his own name or the tool in the Broncos t-shirt who yells "and I'm ballin' like Comrie, baby!"?

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