NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 27th (All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (22-20-4) at Ottawa Senators (28-20-2), 3 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators look to pick up right where they left off prior to the All-Star break when they welcome the Boston Bruins to Scotiabank Place this afternoon for the finale of a home-and-home series.
These two Northeast Division rivals faced one another in Boston last Saturday in the last game for both clubs before the break. Ottawa got the best of the Bruins that night and snapped a five-game losing streak in Beantown with a 3-0 victory.
Dany Heatley led the way with a pair of goals and Ray Emery needed to make just 18 saves to record his fourth shutout of the season for the Senators, who won for the 11th time in 14 games. Chris Phillips also tallied in the win.
Boston's Hannu Toivonen surrendered just two goals on 38 shots in the loss, the Bruins' fifth in their last seven outings. The team currently sits at the bottom of the Northeast standings with 48 points.
The Senators' recent surge has propelled them within a point of second-place Montreal in the division race.
Ottawa has been winning despite the absence of one of its top scorers, Jason Spezza, who has been sidelined since December 21 with an injured left knee. However, the standout center, whose 19 goals ranks second only to Heatley among Senator players, is expected to return to the lineup this afternoon.
Heatley, who had a goal and two assists for the Eastern Conference in Wednesday's All-Star Game, brings a seven-game scoring streak into today's tilt. The high-scoring forward has amassed 15 points (7 goals, 8 assists) over that span.
Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' All-Star representative, netted two goals in the East's 12-9 loss.
Ottawa has now won two straight in this series after dropping their first three encounters with Boston this season. The Bruins have taken seven of the last 10 meetings between the rivals, however.
Boston has usually struggled in Ottawa, though, as the club is only 3-15-1 (one tie) in its last 19 visits to Scotiabank Place.
Ottawa owns a 13-11-1 mark as the host this season and has posted victories in four of its last five home games.
01/27 10:25:03 ET