“Game of the Night” is a new feature that takes a daily look at the best game on the NHL schedule, and sets it up for you. So y’know, you should probably watch it. This is brought to you by the Werner Ladder Company (check out their hockey vid here), because how else do you think the bulbs in the red goal light get changed?
Boston Bruins: 16-3-3 (last 10: 8-1-1) – 4th in East (3rd points-wise)
Ottawa Senators: 13-8-3 (last 10: 6-2-2) – 6th in East
Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST
Need to know:
* The Bruins are 8-1-2 on the road this season and the Sens are 9-1-2 at home, so my prediction for this game is that it won’t suck.
* Tyler Seguin has five goals in his last five, which brings him to 19 points in 22 games. Wouldn’t be shocked to see him get to point-per-game status by the time the season has run its course.
* The Bruins have the best points-percentage in the East.
* This is the Sens lone home game in the midst of a stretch of eight on the road.
Injuries (via NHL.com):
Little bit of a one-sided list heading into tonight’s action:
Ottawa forward Dave Dziurzynski (concussion) is out indefinitely. Goalie Craig Anderson (ankle), defensemen Jared Cowen (hip), Mike Lundin (concussion) and Erik Karlsson (Achilles) and forwards Jason Spezza(back), Guillaume Latendresse (whiplash) and Peter Regin (upper body) are on injured reserve.
What I’m looking forward to:
I’m really just looking to feed my man-crush (boy crush? …No, that doesn’t sound good) on Tyler Seguin tonight. Before the season I had him pegged for a big season, and while he’s been good, he’s only recently starting to play how I expected him to. Oh, and ignore the mention of Mark Schiefele in that post I linked to.
For the Sens, as you can see above, it’s been a rough go. Dziurzynski (I almost had a seizure trying to spell that) is concussed, Anderson’s still out, Norris Karlsson is done for the year, Spezza’s back is a mess, Latendresse has whiplash… I mean, the fact that they’ve been able to stay afloat in the East is nothing short of miraculous. Somebody get Paul MacLean an award. Hell, give his doppleganger one too.
But alas, one can only stay afloat amid the myriad of injuries for so long. When you have players plugging holes in your roster, they get more ice time and thereby an increased opportunity, so they focus more, prepare better, and tend to step it up. But they can only do this for so long (otherwise they’d already be getting those minutes), and it feels like it’s about time for the Sens to go into full free-fall.
This is a healthy, scary Bruins team that’s rolling into town, which leads to my…
I think the Sens will put up a good battle at home (again, credit to the leadership there), but the Bruins are just too much team, and will pull out a 4-2 win.
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