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Bruins vs. Senators Preview: It's the final month of the season already?

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I feel like we just started this thing. Only 13 games to go after tonight. Every point counts.

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Just the Facts

Game Time: 7 PM, TD Garden, Boston, MA. TV Broadcast: New England Sports Network (NESN). Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Records: Bruins (22-8-4, 48 points, fourth in the East) vs. Senators (19-10-6, 32 points, fifth in the East)

The Other Side's SB Nation Site: Silver Seven

Get Tickets here: Boston Bruins Tickets

Senators projected lines:

Alfredsson - Turris - Hoffman
Neil - Greening - Smith
Latendresse - Zibanejad - Silfverberg
Kassian - O'Brien - Condra

Philips - Benoit
Methot - Gryba
Wiercioch - Gonchar

Lehner

Bruins projected lines:

Lucic - Krejci - Horton
Marchand - Bergeron - Seguin
Paille - Peverley - Caron
Pandolfo - Campbell - Thornton

Chara - Boychuk
Seidenberg - Hamilton
Ference - Johnson

Rask

Preview:

It took forty minutes of suck on Sunday night, but the Bruins finally woke up and looked like an actual NHL hockey team in the third period, at long last laying the smackdown on a Buffalo team that's given them fits all season. With the trade deadline literally right around the corner, and a miniature roster shakeup possible, the Bruins can't afford to let a team that they might see in the playoffs get the upper hand at all. Tonight's game against the Senators should be a must-win for the Bruins.

Ottawa continues to be a contender despite so many games lost due to injury; if Paul MacLean doesn't win Coach of the Year, there's something weird going on. They've gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, maintaining a firm grip on fifth place in the East. Their last two games were both shutouts; one in their favor and one against. They beat the Rangers 3-0 for their third win in a row, but were dropped 4-0 by the streaking Maple Leafs. Robin Lehner will likely get the start in net tonight, as Ben Bishop was in net for their last loss.

On the Bruins' end of the ice, we'll likely see Tuukka Rask back in net tonight; additionally, Kaspars Daugavins could see the ice as a member of the Bruins tonight for the first time if his visa issues get wrapped up in time. Just like Chris Kelly, his first game could be against his former team in Ottawa.

It's about time for the Bruins' post Cuts-for-a-Cause hot streak; it seems like every year before CFAC there's a slump, but as soon as they all lose their locks for charity, things get turned around. Will the CFAC effect happen in the shortened season?

(hopefully yes.)