OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators coach Dave Cameron has made it clear he wants his team focusing on winning and not revenge against the Boston Bruins on Saturday at Canadian Tire Centre.
Bruins forward Brad Marchand returns Saturday after serving a three-game suspension for clipping Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki on Dec. 29 in a 7-4 Boston win.
Before taking questions Saturday in his meeting with the media after the Senators morning skate, Cameron said: "I'd like to just start by saying, I think I will get ahead of the curve here, there's no retaliation tonight. That's done. The League has handled it. I've talked to my team.
"All we're trying to do is win a game against an opponent that's real good, an opponent we're fighting to catch. There's going to be no retaliation tonight. The emotion we want is the emotion we bring every game, the emotion that allows you to play with energy, smartly."
The Bruins and the Senators have been having trouble stringing wins together lately. The Senators are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday and are 5-9-1 in their past 15 games.
The Bruins, who did not skate on Saturday morning, opened a five-game road trip with a 4-1 win against the New Jersey Devils on Friday. It was their second win their past seven games (2-5-0).
In their win against the Senators, the Bruins power play went 4-for-7.
"They did a really good job sticking to their system last game," Senators forward Chris Neil said. "I think the last part of it was embarrassing for us. It's almost like we let up. We've found our stride somewhat lately."
Cameron said he has liked the way his team has played in the past four games since the loss against the Bruins, though they have just one win and have been outscored 11-5.
The Senators have been cutting down on shots against. After averaging about 34 a game for most of the season, they have allowed an average of 26.25 over their past four games.
"I think we're getting in on the forecheck a little more," Senators forward Curtis Lazar said. "We're moving our feet. We're holding onto pucks, which makes the other team defend more."
Cameron said he will use the same lineup that played against Florida.
Craig Anderson will start in goal for the Senators. Andrew Hammond is expected to start Sunday in Washington against the Capitals.
Jonas Gustavsson made 19 saves for the Bruins in the win against the Devils on Friday. Tuukka Rask is expected to start against the Senators.
Here are the projected lineups:
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Matt Beleskey – Ryan Spooner – Loui Eriksson
Frank Vatrano – Joonas Kemppainen – Jimmy Hayes
Zac Rinaldo –Max Talbot – Brett Connolly
Zdeno Chara – Zach Trotman
Torey Krug – Kevan Miller
Dennis Seidenberg – Colin Miller
Injured: Chris Kelly (fractured femur), David Krejci (upper body), Adam McQuaid (upper body).
Scratched: Landon Ferraro, Joe Morrow, Tyler Randell.
Bobby Ryan – Kyle Turris – Mark Stone
Mike Hoffman – Mika Zibanejad – Milan Michalek
Max McCormick – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Curtis Lazar
Shane Prince – Zack Smith – Chris Neil
Fredrik Claesson – Erik Karlsson
Marc Methot – Cody Ceci
Patrick Wiercioch – Mark Borowiecki
Scratched: Alex Chiasson, Jared Cowen, Chris Wideman.
Injured: Chris Phillips (back), Clarke MacArthur (concussion).
Status report: With Marchand returning to the lineup, the candidate to come out of the lineup could be Ferraro.
Who's hot: Spooner has a goal and five assists in his past four games … Karlsson has two assists in his past two games.