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Thursday, February 5th (All times eastern)

Boston Bruins (38-8-6) at Ottawa Senators (17-25-7), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will again try to get their first win under Cory Clouston when they welcome the first-place Boston Bruins to Scotiabank Place for tonight's Northeast Division matchup.

Clouston was named the Senators' new head coach on Monday, as the team fired Craig Hartsburg just 48 games into his first season at the helm after he guided the team to a 17-24-7 mark. Clouston is Ottawa's fourth head coach since the Senators' run to the Stanley Cup Finals in the 2006-07 season..

Clouston, who was serving as the head coach for Ottawa's AHL affiliate in Binghamton, made his NHL coaching debut Monday against visiting Los Angeles. Michal Handzus scored the only goal of the game with 2:39 to play in the third period to lead the Kings to a 1-0 victory over Ottawa.

Brian Elliot stopped 25 shots in the loss for the Senators, who have dropped their last three games.

Ottawa is 11-9-4 as the host this year and is playing the middle portion of a three-game homestand tonight. The Sens will complete the residency Saturday night against Buffalo.

The Bruins, meanwhile, are more or less running away with the Northeast, as they lead the division with 82 points -- 18 more than second-place Montreal. Boston also holds a 12-point lead over Washington for the top seed in the Eastern Conference and is five points ahead of San Jose for the NHL lead.

The Senators are last in the division with just 41 points on the year.

The Bruins have won three straight and five of their last six games and are coming off Wednesday's victory in Philadelphia. David Krejci netted the game- winning goal in the third period as Boston slipped by the Flyers, 3-1, at the Wachovia Center.

Michael Ryder and Dennis Wideman also tallied for the Bruins, who have also won nine of their last 12 overall. In addition, Boston is 19-5-3 as the visiting team this season and has won 10 of its last 11 road contests.

Wideman has posted four goals and four assists in a seven-game point streak. He leads all Bruins defenseman this year in both goals (12) and assists (25).

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas made 25 saves on Wednesday to improve his record to 23-5-5 on the season.

Boston is 2-0 against the Senators this season and has won four straight and six of the last seven meetings between the clubs. The Bruins have also taken two in a row, three of four and four of their last six encounters with Ottawa at Scotiabank Place.

02/05 10:23:43 ET


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