Game Preview: Boston Bruins-Ottawa Senators
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.
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