Game #57: Ottawa Senators (26-21-11) at Boston Bruins (36-16-4)
Location: TD Garden, Boston
Time: 3:00 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
In the final game before the NHL breaks for the Sochi Winter Olympics, the Boston Bruins will host the Ottawa Senators Saturday afternoon in a crucial matinee affair. This meeting will mark the fourth and final game between the two sides this season.
The Senators have won two of the previous three games, both coming at home. Boston claimed their lone victory on home ice as well, in 5-0 thrashing, back on Dec. 27.
For Ottawa, obtaining two points in this game is crucial. They are making a valiant run at a playoff position amidst a two-game winning streak. They currently trail the Detroit Red Wings by just one point for the second of two available wild card spots.
The Bruins will be looking to avoid a second straight loss without captain Zdeno Chara anchoring the defense. In filling in for Chara, rookie David Worsofsky posted a minus-2 rating in the loss to St. Louis on Thursday. He’ll look to rebound.
One man who did rise to the occasion in Chara’s absence was Matt Bartkowski. He logged a team-high 23:20 of ice time and dished out seven hits against the Blues. Bartkowski will be relied upon to play a large role in shutting down Ottawa’s offense.
Boston will look to ride the hot had of Jarome Iginla. He has netted one goal to go along with four assists during his current three-game point streak.