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Marchand, Pastrnak can each extend point streak for Boston; Ottawa seeks first road win

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

SENATORS (3-7-1) at BRUINS (9-1-2)

7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN360, TVAS2, NESN, NHL.TV


The Game 

Brad Marchand will look to extend his NHL career-high point streak to 12 games and David Pastrnak will attempt to stretch his point streak to 11 games when the Boston Bruins host the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden on Saturday.

Marchand has 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in an 11-game run for Boston, which seeks its fifth straight win and can extend its point streak to nine games (6-0-2). Pastrnak has 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) during a 10-game point streak.

The Bruins are 5-0-1 at home this season.

The Senators, who are 0-3-1 on the road, will try to win for the third time in four games overall (2-1-0) following a four-game winless streak (0-3-1).


Players to watch

Senators forward Connor Brown has five points (one goal, four assists) during a four-game point streak.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is 6-0-1 with a 1.41 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and two shutouts in his first seven starts this season.


They said it

"We worked on everything. I don't think it's one thing when you have a young team like this, I think you have to touch everything every day, or every other day. From forecheck to neutral zone, special teams and then back again, do it. It has to become repetitive. The best teams in the League in my opinion don't get bored of the details and they know how to do it right every time." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith on what Ottawa worked on during its five-day break between games

"I expect they'll skate and they'll play hard, that's what they've done since the start of the year. They'll be a little more assertive than what we've seen in the past, but it's on us." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on Ottawa


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Logan Brown -- Anthony Duclair

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Chris Tierney -- Tyler Ennis

Nick Paul -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown

Filip Chlapik -- J.C. Beaudin -- Scott Sabourin

Thomas Chabot -- Nikita Zaitsev

Erik Brannstrom -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Dylan DeMelo

Craig Anderson

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Bobby Ryan, Cody Goloubef, Mikkel Boedker

Injured: Colin White (groin, hip flexor), Artem Anisimov (lower body)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Danton Heinen

Anders Bjork -- Charlie Coyle -- Peter Cehlarik

Chris Wagner -- Sean Kuraly -- David Backes

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Steven Kampfer

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Connor Clifton

Injured: Brett Ritchie (infection), Karson Kuhlman (fractured tibia), Joakim Nordstrom (infected elbow), Par Lindholm (upper body), Kevan Miller (knee), John Moore (shoulder), Anton Blidh (shoulder)


Status report

The Senators will dress the same lineup they used in their last game, a 5-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday. … Cehlarik was called up from Providence of the American Hockey League to replace Ritchie.


Stat pack

Duclair has four points (three goals, one assist) during a three-game point streak. … Bergeron has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past four games and is one assist shy of 500 in the NHL.

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