Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Boston Bruins

Bruins News

Pregame Notes: Ottawa vs. Boston

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS vs. OTTAWA SENATORS

Tuesday, December 18, 2007
TD Banknorth Garden; Boston MA
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
VERSUS and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins host the Senators tonight in the third of eight games between these teams and the second of four games of this season 's series at TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins are 18-11-3 and are 8-4-1 on home ice. The Senators are 21-7-3 overall with a 10-2-2 record on the road. The Bruins are 6-5-2 vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 13-9-3 overall vs. Eastern Conference foes. The Senators are 9-2-0 vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 20-6-3 overall vs. Eastern Conference opponents. The Senators and Bruins enter tonight's game with the top two records in the Eastern Conference (Ottawa, 45 points; Boston, 39 points).

All-time Series
The Bruins are 42-25-8-7 all-time vs. Ottawa with a 264-221 scoring edge in those 82 games. The Bruins are 24-12-5-1 all-time vs. the Senators in Boston with a 145-115 scoring advantage in those 42 contests. The Bruins are 0-1-1 vs. the Senators in this season's series with a 3-2 loss in Ottawa on Nov. 3 and a 2-1 shootout setback in Boston on Nov. 4.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have won four of their last five games with a 2-1 win in Toronto on Dec. 8, a 4-1 victory in Buffalo on Dec. 10, a 5-3 victory in Atlanta on Dec. 12, a 3-1 loss to New Jersey on Dec. 13 and a 2-0 victory over Columbus on Dec. 15. The Bruins are playing game three of a five-game home stand tonight (1-1-0).

Recent Senators Games
The Senators have won their last five games with a 5-4 win in Florida on Dec. 5, a 4-2 win in Dallas on Dec. 7, a 6-0 victory in Carolina on Dec. 12, a 4-1 win in Pittsburgh on Dec. 13 and a 7-3 victory over Atlanta on Dec. 15. That followed a seven-game losing streak during which they went 0-4-3 from Nov. 21-Dec. 4.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins continue their current five-game home stand hosting Pittsburgh on Dec. 20 (7:00 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio) and St. Louis on Dec. 22 (1:00 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio). They will finish the pre-holiday portion of their schedule playing in Pittsburgh on Dec. 23 (3:00 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio).

Upcoming Senators Games
The Senators next face the Thrashers in Atlanta on Dec. 20. They will then return home to host Chicago on Dec. 22 and will finish the pre-holiday portion of their schedule at NY Rangers on Dec. 23.

Bruins Injuries
Andrew Alberts: Post-concussion syndrome.
Patrice Bergeron: Concussion and broken nose suffered Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia.
Manny Fernandez: Dec. 12 left knee surgery.

Bruins December Transactions
Dec. 6: Alex Auld acquired from Phoenix for Nate DiCasmirro and 2009 fifth round draft pick.
Dec. 6: Manny Fernandez assigned to Providence/AHL for conditioning.
Dec. 8: Manny Fernandez returned from Providence/AHL conditioning stint.
Dec. 13: Matt Hunwick returned to Providence/AHL.
Dec. 15: Tuukka Rask returned to Providence/AHL.

Bruins 2007-08 Shootouts (1-1)
1. Oct. 10 … NY Rangers 0 at Boston 1 … Boston Goal: Manny Fernandez (W) … NY Rangers Goal: Henrik Lundqvist (L). Boston Shooters: Bergeron (N), Sturm (N), Kessel (Y) … NY Rangers Shooters: Shanahan (N), Drury (N), Jagr (N)
2. Nov. 4 … Ottawa 2 at Boston 1 … Boston Goal: Tim Thomas (L) … Ottawa Goal: Martin Gerber (W). Boston Shooters: Kobasew (N), Kessel (N) … Ottawa Shooters: Alfredsson (Y), Vermette (Y)

Bruins 2007-08 Penalty Shots
1. Oct. 27 … Phil Kessel unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia's Martin Biron (15:09 second period).
 
Bruins Fun Facts
- Brandon Bochenski's next game will be the 100th of his NHL career.
- Peter Schaefer is five goals shy of his 100th NHL goal milestone.
- Marco Sturm is seven assists short of his 200th NHL assist milestone.
- Glen Metropolit is eight points shy of his 100th NHL point milestone.
- Shawn Thornton is eight games shy of his 100th NHL game milestone.
- The Bruins have 17 sets of back-to-back games and have completed six of these series .
- They are 3-2-1 in the first game of these series and are 2-3-1 in the second game of these sets.
- The Bruins have three rookies on their current roster – Milan Lucic, Petteri Nokelainen and Vladimir Sobotka.
- The Bruins have seven players on their active roster who are new to the Bruins – Alex Auld (trade with Phoenix), Milan Lucic (draft), Glen Metropolit (free agent), Petteri Nokelainen (trade with NY Islanders), Peter Schaefer (trade with Ottawa), Vladimir Sobotka (draft) and Shawn Thornton (free agent). That is in addition to new coach Claude Julien and new assistant coaches Craig Ramsay and Geoff Ward.
- The Bruins have completed seven of their 24 seasons series. They are 0-1-0 vs. Anaheim, 1-0-0 vs. Chicago, 1-0-0 vs. Columbus, 0-1-0 vs. Dallas, 1-0-0 vs. Los Angeles, 1-0-0 vs. Phoenix and 1-0-0 vs. San Jose.
- The Bruins opened with a five-game trip against Pacific Division teams, which concluded Oct. 13 in San Jose. That was the last game of the season scheduled for the Bruins outside of the Eastern Time zone.
- The Bruins will host the Central Division teams and will not play teams in the Northwest Division.

The Players
6-Dennis Wideman-D

- Has 2-6-8 totals in eight of his last ten games…Has single assists each Nov. 29 in Florida, Dec. 1 in Tampa Bay and Dec. 3 at NY Islanders, a goal Dec. 5 at New Jersey, an assist Dec. 6 vs. Montreal, the game-winning goal Dec. 8 in Toronto, and single assists each Dec. 10 in Buffalo and Dec. 13 vs. New Jersey.
- Had a seven-game point streak from Nov. 29-Dec. 10 (2-5-7 totals), the longest point streak by a Bruins defenseman since Ray Bourque had an eight-game streak (4-6-10 totals) from Oct. 12-Nov. 2, 1995.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Nov. 10-17 (0-3-3 totals).
- Has not dressed for one game (coach's decision).

10-Brandon Bochenski-RW
- Has not dressed for the last two games…His next game played will be the 100th of his NHL career.
- Has single assists each in two of the last three games with an assist on the game-winning goal Dec. 8 in Toronto and an assist Dec. 12 in Atlanta.
- Has one multiple-point game, matching his previous career-high for assists in a game with a two-assist effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto.
- Had a two-game conditioning stint in Providence/AHL from Oct. 23-28 with one goal and no PIM in those contests.
- Dressed, but did not play Oct. 10 in Anaheim.
- Has not dressed for 11 games (coach's decision).

11-P.J. Axelsson-LW
- Has 2-2-4 totals in four of his last seven games with an assist Dec. 5 in New Jersey, single goals each Dec. 6 vs. Montreal and Dec. 10 in Buffalo (game-winner), and an assist Dec. 12 in Atlanta.

12-Chuck Kobasew-RW
- Has 5-3-8 totals in his last 14 games with a 2-1- 3 effort, including the game-winning goal, Nov. 20 in Toronto, a 1-1-2 night Nov. 26 in Philadelphia, single goals each Dec. 3 at NY Islanders and Dec. 8 in Toronto and an assist Dec. 15 vs. Columbus.
- Has 9-4-13 totals in his last 20 games.
- Has three multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game goal streak from Oct. 6-12 (3-0-3 totals).
- Has taken one shootout shot (no goal).

13-Glen Metropolit-C
- Has 1-1-2 totals in two of his last five games with an assist on the game-winning goal Dec. 8 in Toronto and a goal Dec. 10 in Buffalo.
- Has 5-3-8 totals in his last 15 games with three of the goals proving game-winning tallies.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Played his 200th NHL game Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas…Recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist Oct. 10 in Anaheim…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Oct. 25 vs. Chicago.
- Signed as a free agent on Oct. 3…Had been invited to training camp on a pro try-out agreement.

16-Marco Sturm-LW
- Has 1-2-3 totals in his last eight games with single assists each Dec. 3 at NY Islanders and Dec. 5 in New Jersey and a goal Dec. 15 vs. Columbus.
- Has 5-6-11 totals in his last 17 games
- Has four multiple-point games.
- Had a six-game point streak from Nov. 8-23 (4-3-7 totals).
- Had a four-game point streak from Oct. 27-Nov. 4 (2-3-5 totals).
- Played his 700th NHL game Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders.
- Has taken one shootout shot (no goal).
- Has missed one game to injury (1-eye, Dec. 12).

17-Milan Lucic-LW
- Rookie.
- Has 1-3-4 totals in two of his last four games with two assists Dec. 10 in Buffalo and a 1-1-2 effort, including the game-winning goal, Dec. 12 in Atlanta.
- Recorded his first NHL assist/point and goal Oct. 12 in Los Angeles with the goal proving the game-winner…Completed his 'Gordie Howe hat trick' with a fight in that game as well.
- Has three multiple-point games.
- Played his first NHL game Oct. 5 in Dallas…Recorded his first NHL assist/point and his first NHL goal Oct. 12 in Los Angeles with the goal proving the game-winner.
- Has not dressed for one game (coach's decision).
- Has missed four games to injury (4-head, Nov. 24-Dec. 1).
- Changed his number from 62 to 17 on October 30.

21-Andrew Ference-D
- Has played the last three games, with two assists Dec. 12 in Atlanta, after missing 16 of the previous 17 games with injuries.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Has missed 16 games to injury (4-upper core, Nov. 4-10; 12-knee, Nov. 17-Dec. 10).

22-Shawn Thornton-RW
- Has been cleared to play after missing the last 19 games with a broken foot suffered Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa.
- Scoreless in 13 games .
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Has missed 19 games to injury (19-foot, Nov. 7-Dec. 15).

27-Glen Murray-RW
- Has 4-1-5 totals in five of his last nine games…Had single goals each Dec. 1 in Tampa Bay, Dec. 3 at NY Islanders and Dec. 5 in New Jersey; an assist Dec. 6 vs. Montreal; and a goal Dec. 12 in Atlanta.
- Has 9-4-13 totals in ten of his last 16 games.
- Has three multiple-point games with his season-high a 2-1-3 effort Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Had a three-game point streak from Oct. 12-18 (1-3-4 totals).
- Has had two four-game point streaks, from Nov. 15-23 (3-3-6 totals) and Dec. 1-6 (3-1-4 totals).

29-Alex Auld-G
- Has won four of his five games as a Bruin, including a 2-0 win over Columbus on Dec. 15 in his last start…That was the fourth shutout of his NHL career, his second of the season and his first as a Bruin.
- Had his three-game win streak stopped with a 3-1 loss to New Jersey on Dec. 13 (one empty net goal against).
- Won his first three starts as a Bruin with a 2-1 victory in Toronto on Dec. 8, a 4-1 win in Buffalo on Dec. 10, facing 45 shots in that game and a 5-3 win in Atlanta on Dec. 12.
- Dressed as backup Dec. 6 vs. Montreal…Was acquired earlier that day from Phoenix for Nate DiCasmirro and a 2009 fifth round draft pick.
- Was been playing in San Antonio/AHL, where he was assigned Nov. 20 from Phoenix…Had a 3-6-0 record in nine Coyotes games with one shutout, a 1-0 win in Anaheim on Oct. 25…His last NHL game was a 6-0 loss to San Jose on Nov. 15 with his last NHL win a 6-5 overtime decision in Anaheim on Nov. 7…Had a 1-1-0 record with San Antonio, with the win a 7-0 victory over Milwaukee on Nov. 24.
- Is in his seventh professional season and Boston is his fourth NHL organization (Vancouver, Florida, Phoenix)…Has a 49-50-2-11 record and 2.94 GAA in 117 career NHL games.
- Has dressed as backup for one Boston game.

30-Tim Thomas-G
- Has been cleared to play after missing the last six games with a groin strain suffered Dec. 5 in New Jersey…Did not earn a decision in that game, allowing three goals in 58:50 before suffering the injury.
- Is 3-2-0 in his last five decisions with a 2-1 win over NY Islanders on Nov. 23, a 2-1 setback at the Islanders on Nov. 24, a 4-3 win in Florida on Nov. 29, a 4-1 loss in Tampa Bay on Dec. 1 and a 3-1 win at NY Islanders on Dec. 3.
- Has faced 30-or-more shots in 13 of his 20 games with a 7-4-1 record in those games (one no-decision)…His season-high in shots faced was 52 Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Has allowed two-or-fewer goals in 14 of his 20 games (8-4-2 record) and has allowed one goal or less in eight of those contests (7-0-1).
- Had a three-game win streak from Oct. 13-25.
- Has dressed as backup for six games.
- Has missed six games to injury (6-groin, Dec. 6-15).

33-Zdeno Chara-D
- Has 1-3-4 totals in four of his last seven games with a goal Dec. 5 in New Jersey and single assists each Dec. 6 vs. Montreal, Dec. 10 in Buffalo and Dec. 13 vs. New Jersey.
- Has 3-5-8 totals in his last 11 games with 4-9-13 totals in his last 17 contests.
- Has four multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 6-12 with (0-4-4 totals).
- Had a four-game assist/point streak from Nov. 10-20 (1-4-5 totals).

35-Manny Fernandez-G
- Is out of the lineup following Dec. 12 knee surgery.
- Had his two-game win streak stopped with a 6-1 loss in Montreal on Oct. 22…That followed an 8-6 victory in Los Angeles on Oct. 12 and a 1-0 shootout victory over NY Rangers on Oct. 20, his 14th career shutout.
- Recorded his 14th NHL shutout and first as a Bruin with a 1-0 shootout win over NY Rangers on Oct. 20.
- Has played in one shootout (1-0, 0 goals/3 shots).
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas with a 4-1 loss…Earned his first win as a Bruin with an 8-6 victory in Los Angeles on Oct. 12.
- Has dressed as backup for six games.
- Has missed 21 games to injury (21-knee, Nov. 1-Dec. 5; Dec. 8-15)).

37-Patrice Bergeron-C
- Is out of the lineup with a concussion and broken nose suffered Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia.
- Had his three-game point streak stopped Oct. 20 vs. NY Rangers with 1-4-5 totals in that span…Had an assist Oct. 12 in Los Angeles, a 1-1-2 effort Oct. 13 in San Jose and two assists Oct. 18 vs. Montreal.
- Has 3-4-7 totals in five of his ten games played .
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Has taken one shootout shot (no goal).
- Has missed 22 games to injury (22-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-Dec. 15).

38-Bobby Allen-D
- Has been cleared to play after missing the last five games with back spasms.
- Has missed six games to injury (1-arm, Nov. 10; 5-back, Dec. 8-15).
- Has not dressed for 14 games (coach's decision).

41-Andrew Alberts-D
- Recorded his second assist of the season Nov. 26 in Philadelphia.

44-Aaron Ward-D
- Has two assists in two of his last seven games played, recorded Nov. 29 in Florida and Dec. 8 in Toronto.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Has missed five games to injury (2-concussion, Nov. 10-15; 3-ankle, Dec. 3-6).

45-Mark Stuart-D
- Scored his first goal of the season Oct. 18 vs. Montreal…It was his first goal scored since he scored his first career NHL goal on Apr. 10, 2006 vs. Washington.

53-Jeremy Reich-LW
- Scored his first NHL goal Dec. 15 vs. Columbus in his 61st NHL game and his eighth professional season.
- Has not dressed for 12 games (coach's decision).

56-Petteri Nokelainen-C/W
- Rookie.
- Has 2-1-3 totals in three of his last eight games… Scored his first goal/point as a Bruin with the game-winning tally Dec. 3 at NY Islanders (his first NHL goal/point since Oct. 13, 2005 in Washington while with the NY Islanders), had a goal Dec. 12 in Atlanta and an assist Dec. 15 vs. Columbus.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa…That was his first NHL game since April 2, 2006 vs. Philadelphia while with the NY Islanders…Scored his first goal/point as a Bruin with the game-winning tally Dec. 3 at NY Islanders (his first NHL goal/point since Oct. 13, 2005 in Washington while with the NY Islanders).
- Recalled Nov. 4 from Providence/AHL where he was third in that team's scoring race with 3-5-8 totals and 4 PIM in eight AHL Bruins games.

60-Vladimir Sobotka-C
- Has recorded his first two NHL points in his last three games with single assists each Dec. 12 in Atlanta and Dec. 15 vs. Columbus.
- Has played nine games, including his first NHL game Nov. 24 at NY Islanders…Became the fourth Bruin to play his first NHL game (Lucic, Hunwick, Rask).
- Recalled Nov. 23 from Providence/AHL where he was second in that team's scoring race with 7-7-14 totals and 12 PIM in 15 AHL Bruins games with a +10 rating.
- Has missed three games to injury (3-upper body, Dec. 6-10).

72-Peter Schaefer-LW
- Has 2-1-3 totals in three of his last eight games with an assist Dec. 3 at NY Islanders and single goals each Dec. 10 in Buffalo and Dec. 12 in Atlanta.
- Has 5-4-9 totals in his last 16 games, including a season-high 2-1-3 effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto, which matched his previous career-high for goals in a game.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Played his 500th NHL game Oct. 20 vs. NY Rangers.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas and recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist in that game…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Oct. 18 vs. Montreal.

81-Phil Kessel-C/W
- Has 1-3-4 totals in three of his last seven games with an assist Dec. 5 in New Jersey, a goal Dec. 6 vs. Montreal and two assists Dec. 12 in Atlanta.
- Has three multiple-point games.
- Scored his first career hat trick and recorded a career-high for points in a game with a 3-1-4 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles.
- Scored the deciding shootout goal in a 1-0 win over NY Rangers on Oct. 20…It was his fifth career shootout deciding goal.
- Took his first career penalty shot on Oct. 27, unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia's Martin Biron.
- Has taken two shootout shots (one deciding goal).
- Played his 100th NHL game Dec. 12 in Atlanta.

91-Marc Savard-C
- Had his three-game point streak stopped Dec. 15 vs. Columbus with 3-1-4 totals in that span…Had 1-1-2 totals Dec. 10 in Buffalo and single goals each Dec. 12 in Atlanta and Dec. 13 vs. New Jersey…Has not gone consecutive games without a point .
- Has 5-18-23 totals in 15 of his last 17 games, including a career-best 12-game assist/point streak from Nov. 10-Dec. 6 (2-17-19 totals) and has 7-21-28 totals in 19 of his last 23 games.
- Has seven multiple-point games.
- Had a career-best 12-game assist/point streak from Nov. 10-Dec. 6 (2-17-19 totals).
- Recorded his 500th NHL point with the first assist of a 1-4-5 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles…Played his 600th NHL game Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo.
- Has missed one game to injury (1-groin, Oct. 10)…Missed the Oct. 10 game in Anaheim with the injury, snapping his consecutive games-played stretch at 166 games dating back to his previous game missed (April 3, 2004 at Ottawa while with New Jersey).
View More