BRUINS 26-11-4 (56 pts) vs. SENATORS 21-14-6 (48 pts)
6:30 p.m. Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. OTT
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (17-8-4, 1.99 GAA, .929 Save %) vs. Anderson (9-6-2, 1.52 GAA, .949 Save %). Rask is 4-0-0 with a 1.51 GAA and .952 Save % in five career games against Ottawa. Anderson is 3-8-0 with a 3.46 GAA and .899 Save % with one shutout in 11 career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS SENATORS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Senators will meet for the 117th time tonight with the B’s holding a 69-32-8-7 record with a 370-285 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 36-17-5-1 in 59 games at home against the Senators with a 197-150 scoring edge. The Bruins are 13-1-0 in their last 14 games against Ottawa with their lone loss coming in a 1-0 decision on February 28, 2012 in Boston. In their last 25 contests against Ottawa, Boston is 25-5-0.
STREAKING: Jaromir Jagr comes into tonight’s game riding a four-game point/assist streak, notching six assists during that span. Tyler Seguin is riding a point/goal streak of his own having notched three goals in his last three games.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Bruins forward Chris Kelly currently sits one goal short of his 100th NHL goal… Nathan Horton needs two more goals to reach his 200th NHL goal… Jay Pandolfo’s next appearance will be his 900th NHL game.
PENALTY KILL LEADERS: The Bruins and Senators come into tonight’s matchup owning the first and second ranked penalty kill in the NHL. The Bruins have killed off penalties at 89.7% rate this season (122-136) which is 1.7% ahead of the Senators who have killed off penalties 88.4% (130-147) of the time.
BRUINS SIGN SÖDERBERG: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced April 13, that the club has signed forward Carl Söderberg to a three-year, one-way contract through the 2014-15 season. Söderberg will join the club Wednesday, April 17, and will be eligible for the remainder of the NHL regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs. In 54 games with Linköping HC (Swedish Elite League) this year, Söderberg registered 31 goals and 29 assists for 60 points with a +18 rating. The 27-year-old forward ranked first in the SEL in goals (31), second in points (60), seventh in assists (29) and 12th in plus/minus rating (+18).
148 AND COUNTING: The Bruins have sold out 148 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden following last Thursday’s game. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
SENATORS NOTEBOOK: Tonight will conclude a seven game road stretch for the Ottawa Senators, which began in Boston on April 2. Tonight also marks the first game of a back-to-back as the Senators will head home to Ottawa to take on the Hurricanes tomorrow night… Ottawa has gone 2-4-0 thus far in the consecutive road game stretch…Kyle Turris comes into tonight’s game one point shy of his 100th NHL career point…Craig Anderson is expected to play in his 100th career game in an Ottawa sweater tonight. Anderson currently leads all NHL goaltenders in save percentage (.949) and goals-against-average (1.53)…Matt Kassian sits one penalty minute shy of his 100th NHL penalty minute…Daniel Alfredsson comes into tonight riding a three-game point streak (2-1=3).
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 16-for-106 (15.1%, 23rd NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 122-for-136 (89.7%, 1st NHL)… Senators power play: 23-for-130 (17.7%, T-17th NHL), Senators penalty kill: 130-for-147 (88.4%, 2nd NHL).