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Game 47 Preview: Boston Bruins @ Ottawa Senators

We just had a break, but it’s almost time for another!

NHL: Boston Bruins at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Remember when the bye week ended a week ago? Guess what, it’s almost time for another break — the All-Star break! Tonight the Bruins come to town, and then the Senators don’t play again until Tuesday against the Hurricanes.

According to the Sens’ Twitter account, Jean-Gabriel Pageau returns from injury (likely in place of Erik Burgdoerfer) and Mike Condon gets the start in goal. Here’s my estimate at tonight’s lines and pairings:

Pyatt - Smith - White
Hoffman - Duchene - DiDomenico
Dzingel - Brassard - Ryan
Dumont - Burrows

Chabot - Karlsson
Phaneuf - Ceci
Borowiecki - Claesson

Condon (starter)

Some thoughts:

  • Tonight’s Chris Neil appreciation night, celebrating a guy who hit 1026 games with the franchise. If you’re going, make sure to bring your “Raise the Roof” arms out of respect
  • The land agreement for the Sens’ relocation to LeBreton Flats has been agreed to in principal. You can find B_T’s analysis here.
  • Guy Boucher told TSN 1200 that the Bruins have been helped by giving their young players a big role. For some reason, he’s been very reluctant to do the same on Ottawa.
  • I was disappointed Mark Stone hadn’t been made an All-Star, but now it looks like he’s gonna need the time to heal anyway
  • I’m curious to see if Colin White gets a shot in the top six tonight, especially if the Sens fall behind early
  • Brad Marchand will be out tonight, serving the first game of his five-game suspension
  • Brace yourselves, because after the All-Star Game, it’s gonna be all trade rumours all the time until the deadline

Some stats for each team:

Team Stats

Category Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
Category Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
-- Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 2.68 25th 3.25 6th
Goals against/GP 3.44 30th 2.56 3rd
Shots/GP 30.7 24th 32.8 11th
Shots against/GP 33.0 25th 29.3 2nd
Powerplay % 16.7 26th 23.5 4th
Penalty Kill % 76.2 27th 83.3 4th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 46.32 29th 53.97 2nd
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 46.94 27th 54.01 1st

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
-- Player # Player #
Goals Matt Duchene 27 Brad Marchand 34
Assists Erik Karlsson (out) 53 Brad Marchand 51
Points Karlsson/Stone (both out) 62 Brad Marchand 85
Shots Mike Hoffman 253 David Pastrnak 236
TOI/GP Erik Karlsson (out) 26:44 Zdeno Chara 22:53