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Game 3 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Boston Bruins

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Will the Senators ever earn a regulation loss?

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins
A flashback to happier times against the Bruins
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The Senators continue their road trip against the Bruins, trying to earn a second win and keep up momentum. Beating the Maple Leafs is fun, but most Sens fans aren’t much bigger fans of these Bruins. The Bruins for their part have beat the Sabres 4-0 and lost to the Capitals 7-0 so far this season, so who knows what they’re like.

Bruce Garrioch expects Paul Carey to be a healthy scratch for Brady Tkachuk, and for Mike Condon to start. Ryan Dzingel will be a game-time decision, so if he's out, look for Carey to draw back in. Here are the projected lines:

Dzingel - Duchene - Tkachuk
Boedker - Smith - Stone
Formenton - Tierney - Ryan
White - Pyatt - Paajarvi

Chabot - DeMelo
Lajoie - Ceci
Borowiecki - Wideman

Condon (starter)
Anderson

Some thoughts:

  • Mike Condon amazingly gets his first-ever start in his home state of Massachusetts. Hard to believe considering his career has been almost entirely in Ottawa and Montreal.
  • Brady Tkachuk will also get his first NHL game in the same city as his first year of college. Look for a big afternoon from him.
  • Colin White’s reward for looking pretty good in his first couple games is to get stuck on the fourth line. Amazing what making more money will do for you.
  • I’m fairly comfortable with all three of this d-pairings. The problem is I imagine Boucher will consider the Ceci pairing the shutdown one.
  • Will Ben Harpur ever find his way into a game? It will take a terrible game from one of the non-leaders (Lajoie or Wideman, probably) in my opinion.

Stats (via NaturalStatTrick.com and NHL.com):

Team Stats

Category Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
Category Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
-- Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 4.00 7th 2.00 19th
Goalst against/GP 3.50 20th 3.50 20th
Shots/GP 24.5 25th 25.5 23rd
Shots again/GP 40.0 29th 34.5 22nd
Powerplay % 20.0 17th 33.3 6th
Penalty Kill % 80.0 18th 50.0 30th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 48.11 21st 47.82 22nd
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 48.39 22nd 47.53 23rd

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
-- Player # Player #
Goals Thomas Chabot 2 Donato, Bergeron, Pastrnak, Chara 1
Assists Chabot, Dzingel, Duchene, Smith 2 Brad Marchand 4
Points Thomas Chabot 4 Brad Marchand 4
Shots Thomas Chabot 6 David Pastrnak 9
TOI/GP Cody Ceci 22:05 Zdeno Chara 22:16