April 28, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Senators

By Jesse Connolly

Here's the Tale of the Tape for tonight's game between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators: 

SEASON SERIES

Feb. 28 - OTT 1 @ BOS 2 (OT)
Mar. 11 - BOS 3 @ OTT 2 (SO) 
Mar. 21 - BOS 2 @ OTT 1
Apr. 2 - OTT 2 @ BOS 3 
Apr. 28 - OTT @ BOS 

NEWS AND NOTES

* We'll just cut straight to the chase. If the Bruins win in regulation, they'll face the Islanders in the first round. Win in overtime or the shootout and they'll meet the Sens in Round 1. Lose and they don't get the No. 2 seed and will face Toronto in a 4-5 matchup.

STANDINGS

Boston: 28-13-6, 62 points (2nd in division, 4th in conference)
Ottawa: 24-17-6, 54 points (4th in division, 8th in conference)

TEAM LEADERS
BOS / OTT

GOALS: Brad Marchand (18) / Conacher, Turris (11)
ASSISTS: David Krejci (23) / Sergei Gonchar (23)
POINTS: Brad Marchand (36) / Cory Conacher (28)

PLUS-MINUS: Patrice Bergeron (+25) / Zibanejad, Silfverberg (+9)
PIM: Chara, Lucic (70) / Chris Neil (139)
SHOTS: Tyler Seguin (159) / Jacob Silfverberg (129)
TIME ON ICE: Zdeno Chara (24:58) /Erik Karlsson (27:06)

WINS: Tuukka Rask (19) / Craig Anderson (12)
GAA: Tuukka Rask (1.97) / Craig Anderson (1.69)
SV%: Tuukka Rask (.930) / Craig Anderson (.941)

ON A ROLL

Boston: Tuukka Rask (1.46 GAA in last 2 GP), Milan Lucic (2 pts in last 2 GP)
Ottawa: Erik Karlsson (2 pts in last 2 GP), Craig Anderson (1.50 GAA last 2 GP)

ICE COLD

Boston: Zdeno Chara (0 pts in last 4 GP), Dennis Seidenberg (1 pt in last 8 GP)
Ottawa: Cory Conacher (0 pts in last 3 GP), Milan Michalek (1 pt in last 4 GP)

OBSCURE STATS

Boston: Rich Peverley owns a team-worst minus-8 rating on the season. 
Ottawa: Zack Smith owns a team-worst minus-9 rating on the year.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* The ever-dangerous Erik Karlsson is back in the Sens' lineup. Boston was fortunate to dodge him the first four times they faced Ottawa, but the dynamic defenseman will be a threat they need to try to contrain tonight.

* Rumor has it that the Bruins' first-round series won't get underway until Thursday. Don't expect Claude Julien to ease up on anyone unless the game gets out of hand one way or the other. With the No. 2 seed, Boston wouldn't have to face the Penguins until the conference finals, should they advance that far.

* Craig Anderson has magnificent numbers on the year, but it'll be Robin Lehner going for the Sens in net. Lehner is 0-2-2 against the Bruins this season but with a .944 save percentage.

BETWEEN THE PIPES

Boston: TBD
Washington: Robin Lehner (4-3-4, 2.22, .936)

PROJECTED LINEUP

Boston
Marchand – Bergeron – Seguin
Lucic – Krejci – Peverley
Soderberg – Kelly – Daugavins
Paille – Campbell – Thornton

Chara – Seidenberg
Ference – Boychuk
Redden – McQuaid

Rask
Khudobin

Ottawa
Michalek - Turris - Alfredsson
Conacher - Zibanejad - Silfverberg
Greening - Kassian - Condra
Latendresse - Smith - Neil

Methot - Karlsson
Wiercioch - Gonchar
Cowen - Phillips

Lehner
Anderson 

Photo credit: Getty Images

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