Game 41 preview: Boston Bruins @ Ottawa Senators

Jared Wickerham

A preview of the game between the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins on 28 December 2013.

Tonight will mark the halfway point of the season and the Ottawa Senators have 25 out of the first 40 games, currently 13th in the eastern conference and six points behind the last playoff spot. It has been an awful half a season for the team, but there is still another half to go. They will get another crack at the Boston Bruins tonight as they close out the first half of the season.

Craig Anderson will start while Joe Corvo will be in for the struggling Eric Gryba. Chris Phillips will be a game time decision after leaving last night's game. Here are the lines:

Greening - Smith - Neil
Michalek - Spezza - Conacher
MacArthur - Turris - Ryan
Zibanejad - Pageau - Condra

Cowen - Karlsson
Methot - Corvo
Phillips - Ceci

Anderson (starter)
Lehner

Some notes for tonight:

  • Craig Anderson was spectacular on Monday against Pittsburgh. Will he have a similar performance tonight? Will the Sens need one? The answer is hopefully and probably.
  • Paul MacLean is insane. Will he slightly sane tonight? Hopefully.
  • Will Bobby Ryan crack the 15 minute threshold? He has failed to do so in four of the last eight games, averaging 15:38 in that span. As I said, Paul MacLean is absolutely nuts.
  • Colin Greening led all forwards in ice time last night.
  • The Leafs are idle on a Saturday night so Ottawa can move within four points with a win.
  • The Senators play three straight games at home before starting a stretch where 16 out of the next 21 are on the road.
  • The Senators are 3-1-2 when I am in attendance and 12-17-5 when I am not. You should probably start a fund to take me around the continent.

Here are some stats leaders for the two teams tonight.

Category Ottawa Boston
Player # Player #
Goals Bobby Ryan 17 Reilly Smith 14
Assists Erik Karlsson 27 David Krejci 25
Points Erik Karlsson 37 David Krejci 33
Shots Erik Karlsson 124 Patrice Bergeron 110
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 27:23 Zdeno Chara 25:02

Category Ottawa Boston
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.75 11th 2.90 8th
Goals Against 3.15 28th 1.97 2nd
Corsi Close % 50.7% 13th 53.9% 5th
Fenwick Close % 49.7% 16th 53.4% 6th
Shots For 33.2 2nd 30.7 11th
Shots Against 34.2 27th 28.9 12th
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