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Bruins vs. Senators Preview: Second half of a back to back, minus Seidenberg

Jared Wickerham

Just the Facts:

Game Time: 7:30 PM, Canadian Tire Centre. TV Broadcast: CBC, NHL-N, NESN. Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SB Nation Site: Silver Seven

SBN Game Site: Silver Seven

Records: Bruins 26-10-2 vs. Senators 15-18-7

Preds Lines:

Chris Neil - Colin Greening - Zack Smith
Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Cory Conacher
Clark MacArthur - Kyle Turris - Bobby Ryan
Matt Kassian - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Erik Condra
Marc Methot - Eric Gryba
Jared Cowen - Erik Karlsson
Chris Phillips - Cody Ceci
Robin Lehner
Craig Anderson

Bruins Lines:

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Jarome Iginla
Reilly Smith - Patrice Bergeron - Brad Marchand
Carl Soderberg - Ryan Spooner - Matt Fraser
Jordan Caron - Gregory Campbell - Nick Johnson
Zdeno Chara - Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski - Johnny Boychuk
Adam McQuaid - David Warsofsky
Tuukka Rask


The Bruins and Senators are obviously coming off a game that was highly in Boston's favor after the first period and a half. Though sluggish to start, the Bruins found their legs and were able to grab one goal in the second period then four in the third, including two by Reilly Smith and a beautiful shorthanded tally by Brad Marchand.

The Bruins are converting on the power play at a rate of 22.6 percent - good for fifth best in the league, after 38 games. For comparison, last year's Bruins, after 48 games, were converting at a rate of 14.8 percent, good for....yes, 26th. Incredible to see the turnaround this year.

There is a very good chance we see Niklas Svedberg's NHL debut tonight; on the flip side, Dennis Seidenberg did not make the trip to Ottawa, meaning it's likely David Warsofsky will get another callup. Will tonight be the night Ryan Spooner gets his first NHL goal - in front of family and friends in Kanata?


Oh Reilly Smith's shooting percentage is unsustainable you say? Watch how much he cares.