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Game 71 Preview: Bruins (36-23-11) vs. Senators (34-24-11)

The B's are back in Canada's capital for what is as big a regular season game as they come.

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Just the facts

Where: Canadian Tire Centre - Kanata, ON

When: 7:30 PM

Watch/listen: NESN, RDS, TSN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival site: Silver Seven

Need to know

This game has huuuuuuuuuuuuuge wild card implications (duh). Headed into tonight's game, the Sens are just four points back of the Bruins for the final wild card spot. Ottawa has a game in hand, meaning a regulation win against the B's tonight puts them in the position to remain in striking distance based on their own performance.

The Sens haven't lost since the Bruins beat them last week, winning four in a row against Montreal, the Islanders, Philly and Carolina. Hamburglar fever has swept Ottawa, as Sens rookie goalie Andrew Hammond looks to break a former Bruin's record by recording his 13th-straight rookie start allowing fewer than three goals.

Let's hope the Bruins put four or five on the board and keep Mr. Zero Frank Brimsek's name in the record books.

Ottawa's probable lineup

Forwards

Michalek - Turris - Stone

Hoffman -  Zibanejad - Ryan

Condra - Pageau - Lazar

Puempel - Legwand - Chiasson

Defense

Methot - Karlsson

Wiercioch - Ceci

Borowiecki - Gryba

Goalies

Hammond

Anderson

Bruins' probable lines

Forwards

Lucic - Spooner - Pastrnak

Marchand - Bergeron - Smith

Kelly - Soderberg - Eriksson

Paille - Campbell - Talbot

Defense

Chara - Hamilton

Krug - McQuaid

Seidenberg - Bartkowski

Goalies

Rask

Svedberg

Never forget

Mr. Lou Eriksson!