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B's aim for 7th straight W tonight in Ottawa

The Bruins will look for their 7th consecutive victory tonight when they take on the Ottawa Senators tonight on the road. The Senators, who are now just playing for little more than pride, enter tonight's game riding a 2-game win streak with wins over Montreal and Philadelphia.

Just who are these Senators you speak of?
Ottawa Senators 35-34-10 (80 pts); 4th in Northeast, 11th in East

Leading Goal Scorers

G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Dany Heatley 37 33 70 -10 80

G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Jason Spezza 31 40 71 -12 77

G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Daniel Alfredsson 24 50 74 7 20

2008 - Alex Auld 41 2325 15 18 6 7 97 2.50 1076 979 .910 1

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, 142 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
4/2 vs. OTT 2-1 W

Injury Report:

LW Marco Sturm: Out for Season (knee)
LW P.J. Axelsson: Out (undisclosed injury)
D Andrew Ference: Out (undisclosed injury)
D Dennis Wideman: Out (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


Blake Wheeler - Marc Savard - Phil Kessel
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Michael Ryder
Mark Recchi - Patrice Bergeron - Chuck Kobasew
Shawn Thornton - Stephane Yelle - Byron Bitz

Zdeno Chara - Aaron Ward
Steve Montador - Matt Hunwick
Mark Stuart - Shane Hnidy


Dany Heatley Jason Spezza Daniel Alfredsson
Nick Foligno Mike Fisher Ryan Shannon
Chris Kelly Mike Comrie
Chris Neil
Christoph Schubert Jesse Winchester
Jarkko Ruutu

Chris Phillips Anton Volchenkov
Filip Kuba Chris Campoli
Brendan Bell
Brian Lee



- Manny Fernandez will get the start between the pipes tonight for the B's.

- Shawn Thornton, Phil Kessel, and Aaron Ward are all expected to be back in the lineup tonight. While Andrew Ference, P.J. Axelsson, and Dennis Wideman will sit this one out with undisclosed injuries. The Bruins have been very tight-lipped about injuries lately so there is no indication of how serious any of these injuries are. The team is likely being cautious and allowing players to rest before the playoffs start.

- The Bruins enter tonight's game with 112 points in 78 games played, 3 points behind the San Jose Sharks in the President's Trophy race with the Sharks having played one more game than the Bruins. The B's are one point ahead of the Detroit Red Wings, who have 111 points in 79 games played.

- The Bruins special teams play has been very strong lately. Over the past 5 games, the Bruins have a 33.3% success rate on the power play and have killed off 93.8% of penalties.

- Game starts at 7:30. The open thread starts here at 6:30.

- For more on the Sens, check out Silver Seven

Mike Milbury, Andy Brickley, and Jack Edwards take a look at the Sens' Big 3: