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Preview: Senators at Bruins

Ottawa trying to end four-game losing streak; Boston needs win to strengthen hold on third place in Atlantic

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

SENATORS (39-24-8) at BRUINS (38-28-6)

7 p.m. ET; NESN, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV


Senators team scope

The Ottawa Senators will try to end a four-game losing streak (0-2-2) and climb the Atlantic Division standings; they are four points behind the first-place Montreal Canadiens with one game in hand. "We just want 60 minutes of our identity," coach Guy Boucher said. "We didn't have that last game (4-1 loss to the Canadiens on Sunday). I understand it was a back-to-back and three-in-four and on the road and it was tough. But I think that we didn't have 60 minutes of what we normally are and our identity." The Senators also need a win to stay ahead of the third-place Boston Bruins, who are four points behind them. "[We have] to bounce back," forward Bobby Ryan said. "Obviously we've talked about the bit of a slide but there's not a lot of panic in the room. The guys are confident in this room. We're not going to change anything. We're going to continue to stick to our system but play it tighter." Forward Chris Kelly will play at TD Garden for the first time since he left the Bruins to sign with the Senators as an unrestricted free agent July 7. Kelly, 36, had 101 points (43 goals, 58 assists) in 288 regular-season games and won the 2011 Stanley Cup with the Bruins. He last played in Boston on Nov. 3, 2015, when he broke his femur against the Dallas Stars, ending his season. "It's good to be back on the ice," he said. "I'm glad I got the opportunity to get back on that ice; it's not the way I wanted to finish leaving that ice surface the way I did."


Bruins team scope

The Bruins have lost two straight games (0-2-0) and have seen their lead on the Toronto Maple Leafs for third place in the Atlantic Division slip to one point. The Maple Leafs have one game in hand. The Bruins did not hold a morning skate Tuesday after their 4-2 loss to Toronto on Monday. "We needed to get points out of this game," forward David Backes said Monday. "With it being 1-1 [entering the third period] on the road against a team we're battling with, we needed points out of this. Squandered opportunity. That just means [Tuesday is] even more important. We've got to collect ourselves, get some rest and play Ottawa at home, where we've been really good and take care of business." The Bruins have won their past three home games. Brad Marchand has 10 points (five goals, five assists) during a four-game point streak. His next goal will be his 38th to set an NHL career high. He has 80 points, tied with Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby for second in the League, two points behind center Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers.


Senators projected lineup

Alexandre Burrows -- Derick Brassard -- Bobby Ryan

Zack Smith -- Kyle Turris -- Ryan Dzingel

Mike Hoffman -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Tom Pyatt

Viktor Stalberg -- Chris Kelly -- Tommy Wingels

Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki -- Chris Wideman

Craig Anderson

Mike Condon

Scratched: Jyrki Jokipakka, Christopher DiDomenico, Fredrik Claesson

Injured: Chris Neil (broken finger), Mark Stone (lower body)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Backes

Matt Beleskey -- David Krejci -- David Pastrnak

Frank Vatrano -- Ryan Spooner -- Drew Stafford

Dominic Moore -- Riley Nash -- Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

Colin Miller -- Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Jimmy Hayes, John-Michael Liles, Joe Morrow

Injured: Tim Schaller (lower body)


Status report

The Senators will go with the same lineup from a 4-1 loss to the Canadiens on Sunday, Boucher said. ... Stone will miss his sixth straight game but has resumed skating. "It's a major step," Boucher said. ... Cassidy said Sunday he hadn't decided if Rask or Khudobin would start Tuesday. Rask made 26 saves against the Maple Leafs on Monday.


Who's hot

Hoffman has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past eight games and one assist in three straight games. Karlsson has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past nine games. … Pastrnak has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in his past 12 games.

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