Game 13: Ottawa Senators @ Boston Bruins

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The Ottawa Senators are playing the Boston Bruins tonight on 1 November. You likely wouldn't have been surprised that one team would be eight points ahead of the other. But you would be surprised to find that Ottawa is the team that is ahead. The Senators have won six in a row but the Bruins have lost three in a row and are just 3-7-0 on the season. They are too good to stay like this, but hopefully tonight isn't when they begin to turn it around. The only lineup change features Zenon Konopka replacing Kaspars Daugavins, who is in Binghamton for dental surgery.

Herea are the lines from Allen Panzeri.

Colin Greening - Jason Spezza - Milan Michalek
Nick Foligno - Stéphane Da Costa  - Bobby Butler
Erik CondraZack Smith - Chris Neil
Jesse Winchester - Zenon Konopka - Nikita Filatov

Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson
Sergei Gonchar - Jared Cowen
Chris Phillips - David Rundblad

Craig Anderson (starter)
Robin Lehner

Stats and talking points after the jump.

Here are my talking points:

  • Filatov with Konopka and Winchester: For reasons unknown to me, Filatov has been unable to earn the trust of Paul MacLean. Will Filatov get more than five minutes tonight? Is there room for both Filatov and Butler in the top six? Would a Filatov-Da Costa-Butler line be too risky? I won't question Paul MacLean too much given how well of a job he is doing, but I really do feel bad for Filatov.
  • Lee benched again: Unlike Filatov (who I think should replace Foligno on the second line), there is really no one Brian Lee can replace. He's a healthy scratch for a seventh straight game and nine out of the last ten. Again, feel very bad for him.
  • Playing the champions: Despite their record, the Bruins are the best team the Senators will have played this season. Can they stay with them and compete?
  • Division lead: With a win, Ottawa will take the lead in the Northeast division. The Senators can jump to the second seed if Washington loses as well.
  • Secondary scoring 5-on-5: Against Toronto, the Senators scored two power play goals and a fluke goal by Kaspars Daugavins. They created plenty of chances though. Jason Spezza will see a whole lot of Zdeno Chara, can Da Costa's line step up?

Here are the 2011-2012 comparative statistics for the Senators and the Boston:

Category Ottawa Enemy - Boston
Value Rank Value Rank
Goals For per game 3.00 5th 2.10 26th
Goals Against per game 3.75 30th 2.50 11th
5 on 5 GF/GA ratio 0.68 29th 0.88 22nd
Shots for per game 31.2 10th 33.4 5th
Shots against per game 30.4 18th 29.7 14th
Power play % 31.0 1st 12.8 25th
Penalty kill % 71.9 29th 85.4 12th
Category Ottawa Enemy - Boston
Player Value Player Value
Points Jason Spezza 15 Tyler Seguin 10
Goals Milan Michalek 8 Tyler Seguin 4
Assists Erik Karlsson 12 Tyler Seguin 6
PP Points Jason Spezza 7 Tyler Seguin 2
Shots Jason Spezza 39 Tyler Seguin 34
Hits Chris Neil 37 Zdeno Chara 24
Avg. Ice time Erik Karlsson 25:04 Dennis Seidenberg 25:08
Face-offs % Zenon Konopka 57.4 David Krejci 57.6
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