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Preview: Bruins set to take on last place Senators

Bruins host a division rival for the first time this season

NHL: San Jose Sharks at Boston Bruins Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Just the facts

When: 7 P.M. EST

Where: TD Garden

How to Follow: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival Site: Silver Seven Sens

Know your enemy

The Ottawa Senators currently sit 3-7-1. Their 7 points leave them dead last in the league behind the Kings, Wild, Devils, and Blackhawks who all have 8 points. The Sens come in well rested as their last game was Sunday in which they beat the Sharks 5-2 at home. Connor Brown has been hot. The former Maple Leaf has 10 points in his first 11 games.

Game Notes

  • Connor Clifton took Brett Ritchie’s spot at forward for practice yesterday. As excited as some fans were, he will almost certainly not start there. As of yesterday afternoon, Ritchie was expected to play, but ultimately it looks like Peter Cehlarik’s recall put a stop to that last night.
  • The Senators are second in the league in shorthanded shot attempts per hour. The offensive penalty kill could give the Bruins powerplay fits.
  • On the flip side, the Senators give up the fourth most shot attempts per hour on the powerplay (the Bruins give up the most). This could be a chance for the Bruins to score their first shorthanded goal of the season.
  • The Senators also take the highest rate of minor penalties at 5v5