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Preview: Here come the Senators

It would be very Bruins to have their streak end against the league’s worst team.

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Just the facts

When: Tonight, 7 PM

Where: TD Garden - Boston, MA

How to follow: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: Silver Seven Sens

Know your enemy

  • 23-39-6, 52 PTS, last in the Atlantic Division
  • Thomas Chabot: 13G-35A-48PTS; Chris Tierney: 7G-34A-41PTS; Bobby Ryan: 13G-24A-37PTS
  • Craig Anderson: 14-22-4, 3.54 GAA, .903 save percentage

Game notes

  • The Senators are bad, folks. They own the worst point total in the league. They’ve allowed the most goals in the league. They shipped out Mark Stone, Ryan Dzingel and Matt Duchene at the trade deadline. They shipped Erik Karlsson out of town last year. NOT IDEAL.
  • Still, the Senators do have some firepower. They actually rank 15th in the league in goals-for, two spots ahead of the Bruins (with one more game played).
  • Tonight is Ottawa’s 69th game of the season. Nice.
  • It’s essentially tryout time for the Senators, as they’re letting some younger guys have a long leash for the rest of the season. There’s reason to be optimistic (kind of) for Ottawa as well, as guys like Thomas Chabot, Brady Tkachuk and Colin White appear to be the real deal.
  • The Senators have only won one of their last 10 games, a 3-2 win over Florida last Sunday.
  • For the Bruins, the recall of Lee Stempniak seems to indicate that Jake DeBrusk still isn’t ready. In all likelihood, Stempniak slots in at 2RW, though it wouldn’t be terribly surprising for Bruce Cassidy to let him skate a few shifts at 1RW too.
  • The Bruins should probably stop going down 2-0 to start games if they want their point streak to continue.
  • The B’s may need to change how they deploy some guys today, especially on defense, as they play again tomorrow night in Pittsburgh. Ideally, they could give themselves some breathing room with a few early goals and ease up on the minutes skated by guys like Brandon Carlo, Charlie McAvoy, etc.
  • The Bruins and Sens have played each other three times this season, with the Bruins winning all three: 6-3, 4-1 and 2-1 in OT.

See ya tonight!