NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, April 7th (All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (47-25-9) at Boston Bruins (35-40-6), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will fight one last time for home-ice advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, as they visit the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden in the regular-season finale for both clubs.
The Senators come into Saturday tied with the Pittsburgh for the fourth seed with one game left for each team. The Penguins won in Ottawa on Thursday to keep their hopes of getting home-ice advantage in the first round alive. Pittsburgh and the Senators will face each other in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Ottawa can clinch the fourth seed with a victory tonight, and the Senators have the luxury of having one more win than Pittsburgh so the Pens must finish ahead in points to improve their playoff seeding.
The Senators were handed a crushing loss by the Penguins on Thursday, as Maxime Talbot scored with just 10 seconds remaining in regulation to lift Pittsburgh to the 3-2 victory at Scotiabank Place.
Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza scored for the Senators, who have dropped back- to-back contests.
Ottawa is 22-12-6 as the visiting team this year and has won four of its last five road contests.
The Bruins have been knocked out of the playoff race, but have a chance to play spoiler today. They were handed a setback Thursday night in Buffalo, as Thomas Vanek scored twice and also notched an assist to lead the Sabres to a 4-2 win.
Andrew Ference and Patrice Bergeron scored, while Hannu Toivonen made 29 saves for the Bruins, who have lost five straight and 10 of their last 11 contests overall.
Boston is 18-18-4 as the home club this year, but has dropped six of seven and eight of its last 10 games at the host.
The Bruins are 4-3 against the Senators this year and have taken eight of the last 12 meetings overall. Ottawa has also been defeated in six of its last eight trips to Beantown.
04/07 10:52:26 ET