|5||OTTAWA||+170||Ov 5,-110||+175||Ov 5,-110|
|6||BOSTON||-200||Un 5,-110||-210||Un 5,-110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3-5-0||-1.2||3-5||-1.2||2-6||2.0||33.6||2.4||30.2|
|Last 5 Games||5-0-0||+6.1||5-0||+6.1||0-3||2.6||30.4||1.4||35.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||20||48||11||22||12||3||4||649||7.4%||66||11||16.7%||77|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8||16||3||8||4||1||2||269||5.9%||26||4||15.4%||25|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||2||4||4||3||3||152||8.6%||11||2||18.2%||18|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||7||17||6||8||2||1||1||208||8.2%||24||4||16.7%||29|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||37||15||6||14||2||3||645||5.7%||75||9||12.0%||64|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||19||9||3||7||0||2||242||7.9%||34||4||11.8%||32|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||7||2||1||4||0||0||176||4.0%||17||3||17.6%||13|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||12||6||2||4||0||1||231||5.2%||27||3||11.1%||20|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (All Games)||15||15||459||437||95.2%||4||9-6||+2.9||9-6-0||+3||3-11|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (Road Games)||6||6||179||168||93.9%||2||2-4||-2||2-4-0||-2||1-5|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (vs. Division)||5||5||157||149||94.9%||2||3-2||+1||3-2-0||+1||2-3|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||117||110||94.0%||1||2-2||+0.2||2-2-0||0||1-2|
|BEN BISHOP (All Games)||6||5||184||172||93.5%||0||3-2||+1.2||3-2-0||+1||1-3|
|BEN BISHOP (Road Games)||2||2||61||55||90.2%||0||1-1||+0.8||1-1-0||+1||1-1|
|BEN BISHOP (vs. Division)||2||2||73||70||95.9%||0||2-0||+2.1||2-0-0||+2||0-1|
|BEN BISHOP (Last 4 Games)||4||3||117||111||94.9%||0||3-0||+3.8||3-0-0||+4||0-2|
|ROBIN LEHNER (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ROBIN LEHNER (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ROBIN LEHNER (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||4-2-0||+0.9||4-2||+0.9||3-3||3.0||33.0||2.7||26.8|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2.6||4-1||+2.6||2-2||3.4||30.0||2.0||29.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||16||49||12||16||19||2||6||511||9.6%||51||7||13.7%||80|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||6||18||3||5||8||2||2||198||9.1%||23||0||0.0%||27|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||6||7||4||0||2||150||11.3%||8||3||37.5%||30|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||5||12||2||5||5||0||1||170||7.1%||17||2||11.8%||20|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||35||10||15||8||2||2||442||7.9%||59||3||5.1%||54|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||16||3||7||5||1||2||161||9.9%||24||2||8.3%||22|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||4||3||3||0||0||148||6.8%||13||0||0.0%||20|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||13||1||5||7||0||1||126||10.3%||17||2||11.8%||23|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (All Games)||3||3||84||76||90.5%||0||2-1||+0.6||2-1-0||+1||2-1|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (vs. Division)||2||2||52||47||90.4%||0||1-1||-0.4||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Last 4 Games)||3||3||84||76||90.5%||0||2-1||+0.6||2-1-0||+1||2-1|
|TUUKKA RASK (All Games)||13||13||357||332||93.0%||0||10-3||+5.9||10-3-0||+6||5-7|
|TUUKKA RASK (Home Games)||6||6||160||146||91.2%||0||4-2||+0.9||4-2-0||+1||3-3|
|TUUKKA RASK (vs. Division)||3||3||73||66||90.4%||0||2-1||+0.2||2-1-0||0||1-2|
|TUUKKA RASK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||122||116||95.1%||0||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||1-2|
|TIM THOMAS (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TIM THOMAS (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TIM THOMAS (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: OTTAWA 3.01, BOSTON 2.78|
|2/1/2013||at CAROLINA||0-1||L||0, +100||L||5.5 ev||U|
|2/3/2013||at MONTREAL||1-2||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/5/2013||BUFFALO||4-3||W||0, -145||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/7/2013||CAROLINA||2-3||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/9/2013||WINNIPEG||0-1||L||0, -165||L||5.5 ov||U|
|2/12/2013||BUFFALO||2-0||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/13/2013||at PITTSBURGH||2-4||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/16/2013||at TORONTO||0-3||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/18/2013||at NEW JERSEY||2-1||W||0, +175||W||5 ev||U|
|2/19/2013||NY ISLANDERS||3-1||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/21/2013||NY RANGERS||3-2||W||0, +125||W||5 un||P|
|2/23/2013||TORONTO||3-2||W||0, +100||W||5 ov||P|
|2/25/2013||MONTREAL||2-1||W||0, +110||W||5 un||U|
|2/28/2013||at BOSTON|| |
|3/2/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|3/3/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|3/6/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|3/8/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
|2/2/2013||at TORONTO||1-0||W||0, -145||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/6/2013||at MONTREAL||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||U|
|2/10/2013||at BUFFALO||3-1||W||0, -145||W||5.5 ev||U|
|2/12/2013||NY RANGERS||3-4||L||0, -135||L||5 un||O|
|2/15/2013||at BUFFALO||2-4||L||0, -135||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/17/2013||at WINNIPEG||3-2||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/21/2013||at TAMPA BAY||4-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/24/2013||at FLORIDA||4-1||W||0, -165||W||5 ov||P|
|2/26/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||4-1||W||0, -155||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/2/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|3/5/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|3/11/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
LAST SEASON: 41-31-10, 92 points. Lost to New York Rangers 4-3 in first round
COACH: Paul MacLean, 2nd season with Senators and NHL, 41-31-10.
ADDED: RW Guillaume Latendresse, D Marc Methot, D Mike Lundin.
LOST: LW Nick Foligno, C Zenon Konopka, LW Nikita Filatov, D Matt Carkner, D Filip Kuba.
PLAYER TO WATCH: D Erik Karlsson's continued emergence as the NHL's top play-making defenseman. The 22-year-old Swede won his first Norris Trophy in only his second NHL season after leading all blue-liners with 78 points (19 goals, 59 assists).
OUTLOOK: A surprising run to the playoffs led to captain Daniel Alfredsson's decision to put off retirement for at least one more season. The Senators have the capacity to build on last year under the firm direction of MacLean, the longtime Red Wings' assistant, who had an impressive debut as a first-time head coach.
LAST SEASON: 49-29-4, 102 points. Lost to Washington 4-3 in first round.
COACH: Claude Julien, 6th season with Bruins, 228-132-50; 10th overall, 347-218-10-73 in NHL.
ADDED: D Dougie Hamilton (rookie). F Chris Bourque.
LOST: G Tim Thomas (suspended). F Marc Savard (concussions).
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Tuukka Rask. With Thomas, the two-time Vezina Trophy winner, opting to take a year off, the Bruins will rely on former backup Rask as the primary goaltender. He won the job from Thomas in 2009-10, posting a 1.97 GAA. Anton Khudobin will be the backup.
OUTLOOK: The Bruins are essentially the same team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago - with the important exception of Thomas. The enigmatic Conn Smythe Trophy winner from the title run surprised the team by deciding to take a year off to rest. He will be placed on the suspended list.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (OTTAWA-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Senators-Bruins Preview* =========================
By MIKE LIPKA STATS Editor
Ottawa (12-6-2) at Boston (12-2-2), 7:00 p.m. EDT
The Boston Bruins have the best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference, but what the Ottawa Senators are doing may be even more impressive given their injury-decimated roster.
Both teams put winning streaks on the line as these Northeast Division rivals meet for the first time this season Thursday night in Boston.
The Bruins (12-2-2) are fully healthy and playing like it. Coach Claude Julien's club finished a five-game road trip with a fourth consecutive victory Tuesday, beating the New York Islanders 4-1 and extending its streak of successful penalty kills to 24.
"This was a great win, but I think we can still play better," said Tuukka Rask, who made a season-high 36 saves to improve to 6-0-1 with a 1.42 goals-against average in February.
"I'm feeling very comfortable," the goalie added. "And my teammates have been great in front of me. The key for us is to keep this going when we get home."
The Bruins are 0 for 23 on the power play at home, where they play their next three games and five of six. They enter Thursday's home matchup looking to end Ottawa's five-game winning streak.
The Senators (12-6-2) began their run with a shootout victory at New Jersey, then took all eight possible points from a four-game homestand, capped by a 2-1 shootout win over division-leading Montreal on Monday.
"Feels perfect," coach Paul MacLean said. "It's not always pretty, but the structure of our team and the work ethic of our team and our goaltending has certainly come to the forefront, and we're finding a way to win."
That goaltending had been anchored by Craig Anderson, the league leader with a 1.49 GAA, before he sprained his ankle in a win over the New York Rangers last week. Backup Ben Bishop has responded by stopping 70 of 73 shots in two victories, making a career-high 44 saves against the Canadiens.
Ottawa also remains without injured stars Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza, while Milan Michalek will miss his eighth straight game Thursday. Michalek, who led the Senators with 35 goals last season, practiced Wednesday but isn't quite ready to return.
Some unlikely contributors have helped pick up the slack. Dave Dziurzynski scored Monday, his second goal in six games since being recalled from Binghamton of the AHL. He came up at the same time as defenseman Eric Gryba, who has seen his ice time steadily increase in his first six NHL contests to 23:15 against Montreal.
Gryba played his college hockey at Boston University, where he is the all-time leader in penalty minutes.
"We are a team of opportunity, and the best players play," MacLean said. "For (Dziurzynski and Gryba), they've taken advantage of that motto that we have, and if they're playing well, we keep playing them."
The Bruins' standouts haven't been as surprising. Brad Marchand tallied his team-best 10th goal Tuesday, while David Krejci also scored and leads the club with 14 points.
Patrice Bergeron, who has six points in the last four games, has scored seven goals in his last eight versus Ottawa. The Bruins have won nine of the past 10 meetings, with the only blemish a 1-0 home defeat exactly one year ago Thursday.
Robin Lehner may start again after making 32 saves for the Senators in that game.
MacLean knows his team faces some tough challenges as it begins a five-game trip, especially since the Senators are 3-5-0 on the road.
"Boston's a tough place to play, so that's obviously going to be a big test," MacLean said. "We've been able to have success at home. We have to try to take that formula on the road and do it again."
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 6:18:26 PM EST|