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Game Day 5: Sens @ Bruins

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens look to snap out of their 4-game losing streak in Boston and we've got 5 things about tonight's divisional match-up to get you ready...

1. Starting Goalies

Craig Anderson (21-9-2) is set to start his third game in a row after returning from an injury on Saturday against Montreal. Anderson picked up a pair of losses over the weekend during the team's home-and-home series versus the Canadiens and looks to avoid dropping his third game in a row for the first time all season.

Tweet from @Media_Sens: #Sens coach Boucher confirms to the media that there will be no lineup changes tonight in Boston. @CraigAnderson41 starts in goal.

At the other end of the rink, nothing confirmed yet but Tuukka Rask (33-18-4) is the probable starter for the Bruins. Rask is also in the midst of a two-game losing streak with his most recent defeat coming at the hands of the Maple Leafs last night. If the Bruins decide not to play Rask in the second half of their back-to-back then Anton Khudobin (5-5-1) could get the start for Boston.

 

2. Projected line-up

No changes to the projected line-up for the Sens tonight which means it will be the exact same for the third game in a row. Fredrik Claesson, Jyrki Jokipakka and Chris DiDomenico are the extras tonight while Mark Stone remains out with an injury but he could be inching closer to a return (check out the coach comments below for more details).

Here's how the lines and pairings look:

Tweet from @Senators: No changes to tonight's #Sens projected line-up. Craig Anderson starts in goal. pic.twitter.com/zvuzNvzyNZ

 

3. Previous meeting

These teams met in Ottawa earlier this month with the Sens doubling up the Bruins 4-2. Craig Anderson stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced to pick up the win while Erik Karlsson (0G+2A), Dion Phaneuf (0G+2A) and Alex Burrows (1G+1A) all had multi-point nights for the Senators.

Here's a look at the full highlights from that game:

Video: Burrows, Karlsson shine in 4-2 win against Bruins

 

4. From the coach

On his lineup for tonight's game against the Bruins:

Everything is the same. Same goalie, same defence and same forwards. 


On his message to the team since Sunday night's game:

I would just want 60 minutes of our identity; we didn't have that last game. I understand that it was a back-to-back, a 3 and 4 and on the road…It was tough. I think we didn't have 60 minutes of what we normally are in our identity and we talked about it. That's mainly what we have to do. I think we played a really good game against Montreal on Saturday; it could have gone either way. Against Chicago, I thought we deserved at least one point in that one, we played great. So it's not like it's been 5, 6 or 7 games where we've looked bad. We've looked good we've just lacked a little bit of juice, structure and relentlessness in Montreal and we just got to go back to what we normally do. 


On the update of Mark Stone:

He's skating and he's getting better every day. Losing your top forward for big games like that, of course that has a huge effect for us but I think we've got enough guys here that can pull the load. We've proved it all year because we've never had our team once on the ice and we are where we are right now. So it's up to the guys that are here to compensate for Stone's absent. Stone's good for at least one point a game so somebody else has to come up with one more point. If you look at that, one point would have given us the game against Tampa, one point would have at least given us a tie against Chicago, one point would have given us the game against Montreal at home, and let's take the last game out - how's that?


On changing Stone's status from week-to-week:

Maybe we can shorten that now. We'll see how today goes and tomorrow goes.

 

Video: March 21: Sens vs. Bruins - Boucher Pre-game

 

5. Broadcast

It's another 7 p.m. start in Boston and you can catch all the action on literally the best Sens coverage availble with TSN5 and RDS2.

Tweet from @Senators: It's a #Sens game day!The Sens are in Boston tonight to take on the Bruins at 7 p.m.Catch the game on TSN5 and RDS2. pic.twitter.com/QrTTkL1YUV

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