“Game of the Night” is a 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 the game below. 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?
Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins
Ottawa Senators: 19-10-6 (last 10: 6-2-2), 5th in East, 44 points
Boston Bruins: 22-8-4 (last 10: 5-4-1), 4th in East, 48 points
You have a Northeast battle between teams a spot apart in the standings, the Bruins are a point behind Montreal for second in the conference, and hey, have you seen the other options?
While the B’s are teeeeeeccccchnically 3-0-0 against the Senators, they’ve only beat them once in regulation, with the other two W’s coming in overtime and in a shootout.
Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST
Need to know:
* This is game one of a seven-game road trip for the Senators, so, y’know, time to put up or shut up.
* Robin Lehner is likely to start for the Sens…who’s been dealt the Bruins card all three previous matchups this season. This is round four (and there’s still another one to go).
* The Senators got blanked by the Leafs last time they played, but prior to that, Mika Zibanejad had a four game point streak.
* HOLY CRAP Jaromir Jagr just got traded to Boston.
Injuries (via NHL.com):
Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is out (shoulder). The Senators are still missing center Jason Spezza(back), defenseman Erik Karlsson (Achilles), Milan Michalek (knee), Craig Anderson (ankle) and Jared Cowen (hip).
Ottawa Senators: Robin Lehner (confirmed)
— Sylvain St-Laurent (@Syl_St_Laurent) April 2, 2013
Boston Bruins: Anton Khudobin (confirmed)
Anton Khudobin is first goalie off the ice at morning skate and appears to be tonight’s starter against the Ottawa Senators #BruinsTalk
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) April 2, 2013
What I’m looking forward to:
Well, eventually I’m looking forward to Jaromir Jagr suiting up for the Bruins, but in the meantime, I’m interested to see if Ottawa can make the standings in the East reeeeally interesting. If they beat Boston tonight they’re only two points back, and while I think the Bruins will eventually take over first in the Northeast, that would put Montreal squarely in the Senators’ sights.
Also interesting: the Sens goalie situation. Bishop could be moved, Lehner’s playing well, Anderson’s coming back…and they’ve all been pretty darn good. It’s quite impressive, really.
I continue to be baffled by the Senators success with a completely shredded line-up. B’s win handily.
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