SENATORS (15-14-7) at BRUINS (19-15-4)
TV: RDS, TSN5, NESN
Season series: The Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins split two previous games at TD Garden this season with Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask going 1-0-1 with a 1.92 goals-against average and .933 save percentage. Forward Bobby Ryan had the decisive shootout goal for the Senators in the most recent game on Dec. 13.
Senators team scope: Goalie Craig Anderson will start for the Senators, the Ottawa Sun reported Friday. Robin Lehner started the first two games this season against Boston. Anderson won two of three decisions against the Bruins last season, though he gave up five goals and lost his only start at TD Garden. Defenseman Marc Methot, limited to two games this season, the last on Dec. 6, will report to Binghamton of the American Hockey League and play a couple games there on a conditioning assignment. Methot skated on a pairing with Erik Karlsson at Senators practice Friday before the move was announced. Ryan moved into a tie with Karlsson for the Senators scoring lead with 25 points with a hat trick in their 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday. Forward Clarke MacArthur has a goal in consecutive games.
Bruins team scope: This is the finale of a three-game homestand for Boston, which has scored at least three goals in four of its past five games and is 3-1-1 during that stretch. Defenseman Adam McQuaid, who hasn't played since Nov. 18 because of a broken thumb, could return either Saturday or against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, though he hasn't been cleared yet. "We'll know more later," coach Claude Julien said. McQuaid has been limited to 82 games over the past three seasons because of an assortment of injuries. "I felt pretty good out there today," he said after skating Friday. "The shot's coming along better, getting the feel for the puck and just getting into the flow of things." The line of Loui Eriksson, Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg has combined for nine goals and 25 points in the past seven games.