NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, December 19th
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (15-13-2) at Ottawa Senators (17-16-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Northeast Division rivals will get together tonight in
Ottawa, where the Senators host the Boston Bruins at Scotiabank Place.
Boston has gotten the upper hand in the series as of late, as the Bruins have
won both meetings between the foes this season and are 6-0-1 in their last
seven matchups with the Senators.
Ottawa has taken five of the last six against Boston as the home team,
however. The clubs have not faced one another at Scotiabank Place in 2006-07.
The Senators have been struggling for most of December but return home having
won two of their last three games. Ottawa wrapped up a four-game road trip
with a much-needed victory on Saturday, dealing Northeast leader Buffalo a 3-1
loss at HSBC Arena.
Jason Spezza had two goals and an assist while Ray Emery stopped 35 of 36
shots for the Senators, who had lost four of five prior to the win. Dany
Heatley finished with a goal and two helpers in the triumph.
Ottawa could get a key piece to its lineup back for tonight's showdown in
defenseman Wade Redden, who hasn't played since November 30 with a chest
injury but returned to practice on Monday.
The Senators, who will play four of their next five at home, are 6-7-0 at
Scotiabank Place so far this season.
Boston, which trails the Senators by three points for fourth place in the
division standings, has lost three of its last four and stumbled to the
struggling Florida Panthers on Saturday. Jozef Stumpel posted two goals and
two assists and Florida scored three unanswered goals in the third period en
route to a 6-3 decision.
Glen Murray scored twice and Patrice Bergeron had two assists for the Bruins,
who were outshot 36-21 on the night.
Bergeron has notched a point in five consecutive games, registering three
goals and four assists over that span.
12/19 10:16:13 ET