Game 47 Preview: Boston Bruins @ Ottawa Senators

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

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

Goals against/GP3.4430th2.563rd
Shots against/GP33.025th29.32nd
Powerplay %16.726th23.54th
Penalty Kill %76.227th83.34th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted)46.3229th53.972nd
Fenwick (5v5, SVA)46.9427th54.011st

Player Stats

GoalsMatt Duchene27Brad Marchand34
AssistsErik Karlsson (out)53Brad Marchand51
PointsKarlsson/Stone (both out)62Brad Marchand85
ShotsMike Hoffman253David Pastrnak236
TOI/GPErik Karlsson (out)26:44Zdeno Chara22:53

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