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OTTAWA, ON - DECEMBER 21:  Brian Elliott #30 of the Ottawa Senators makes a save against Michael Ryder #73 of the Boston Bruins as Chris Phillips #4 looks on during the game at Scotiabank Place on December 21, 2009 in Ottawa, Canada.  (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
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Mark MarinoSenior Analyst IJanuary 23, 2010

The Bruins will be hosting the Senators for their sixth and final meeting of the 2009-10 season today for a 1pm matinee at the TD Garden.

The B’s are 4-1-0 over the Sens on the season, with a 15-12 scoring edge. This will mark the 100th meeting between these two Northeast Division rivals in their lifetime series. Boston holds a 55-29-8-7 record over Ottawa, while holding the scoring edge, 319-259.

Away Team: Ottawa Senators (27-21-4, 58 points, 2nd Northeast Division, 5th Eastern Conference, 5-0-0 last five)

  • 9-13-1 on the road
  • 14th in the NHL with 2.71 goals-for per game
  • 20th in the league in goals-against average per game—2.88
  • 30th/last in the league with a 15.4 percent success rate on the power-play
  • 8th overall on the penalty-kill with an 83.6 percent
  • averaging 30 shots-for, and 28 shots-against per game

No. 11 Daniel Alfredsson is tied for the team-lead in points [13-26-39 in 41 games] and has 4-4-8, plus-5, and nine shots on goal in his last four games since returning from injury.

No. 12 Mike Fisher [17-22-39 through 50 games] has tallied 2-5-7, plus-3, and 14 shots on goal over his last five contests.

No. 27 Alexi Kovalev is rising a five-game scoring streak, 1-5-6, plus-2, and 23 shots on goal during that span—and has 12-23-35 totals in 49 games this season.

No. 43 Peter Regin has posted 2-3-5 over his last two games with five shots on net.

No. 31 goaltender Mike Brodeur has won the first three starts of his NHL career

No. 19 Jason Spezza could make his return to the ice this afternoon, after missing the last six-plus weeks [Dec. 14] with a knee injury. The Sens re-assigned forward Zach Smith , yesterday, back to their AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators.

Click here to read the rest the pregame notes for the Boston Bruins over at TheHubOfHockey.net

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