NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, January 9th
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (20-16-3) at Ottawa Senators (23-19-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will wrap up a five-game homestand this
evening when they welcome the Boston Bruins to Scotiabank Place.
Ottawa is 2-2-0 so far on the residency and is coming off Sunday's easy win
over the dismal Philadelphia Flyers. Dany Heatley scored twice and added a
primary assist to guide the Senators past Philly, 6-1.
Daniel Alfredsson donated a goal and two assists while Martin Gerber made 20
saves for the Senators, who have won six of their last eight. Ottawa now has
48 points and is just three behind Montreal for second place in the Northeast
The Senators are 10-10-1 as the home team this season.
The Bruins are also coming off a weekend win over the Flyers, as they downed
visiting Philadelphia, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon. Marc Savard scored two
goals and added two assists to lift Boston at TD Banknorth Garden.
Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist and Tim Thomas stopped 29 shots for
the Bruins, who halted a three-game losing streak and bounced back from a 10-2
crushing at the hands of the Maple Leafs on Thursday.
Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara sat out the game with an undisclosed body
injury. He is questionable for tonight's contest against his former team.
In other Bruins injury news, the team recalled forward Phil Kessel from its
farm team in Providence, just 26 days after he underwent surgery to treat
testicular cancer on December 12.
The 19-year-old was drafted fifth overall by Boston in the 2006 NHL Entry
Draft. He collected five goals and four assists in 27 games before the cancer
diagnosis kept him off the ice for nearly a month.
Kessel returned to action last Friday with Providence and is expected to play
in tonight's contest.
The Bruins are 3-0 against the Senators this year and have won seven of the
last eight encounters.
01/09 10:51:04 ET