NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, December 28th
(All times Eastern)
Boston Bruins (26-10-2) at Ottawa Senators (15-18-7), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins hope that their recent surge at home
carries over on the road as they complete a home-and-home series with the
Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
The Bruins picked up their eighth straight victory at home with last night's
5-0 triumph over the Sens. Reilly Smith scored twice and Tuukka Rask made 33
saves for his league-leading fourth shutout of the season.
David Krejci, Jarome Iginla and Brad Marchand also scored as Boston used a
four-goal third period to pick up its third straight victory overall and
eighth in its last 10 games.
Smith continued his red-hot play and has five goals and two assists in his
last three games. Acquired in July from Dallas as part of the deal that sent
Tyler Seguin to the Stars, the 22-year-old has 14 goals and 16 assists in 38
games this season.
"He's been a good player from day one," Bruins head coach Claude Julien said
of Smith. "He's just starting to showcase what he's capable of doing."
Rask, meanwhile, won his fourth straight start and has posted a 0.75 goals
against average and .976 save percentage over that time. The shutout was the
20th of his career.
The Bruins defeated the Senators for the 14th time in the last 17 meetings and
improved to 16-3-2 at home on the season. They are 10-7-0 on the road, but had
won 11 straight in Ottawa before the Sens notched a home victory on Nov. 15.
Ottawa was looking to win consecutive games for the first time since early
November last night, but saw netminder Robin Lehner yield all five scores on
42 shots faced.
"I don't know what to say," Lehner lamented. "Twenty good minutes and 40 bad
The Senators, coming off a 5-0 win over Pittsburgh on Monday, lost for the
fourth time in five games.
Ottawa will rematch with a Boston club tonight that won't have defenseman
Dennis Seidenberg. He did not make the trip after suffering a lower-body
injury on Friday in a collision with Sens forward Cory Conacher.
Despite Rask's recent success, 24-year-old Niklas Svedberg could make his NHL
debut in net tonight for Boston after being recalled from the minors on
Svedberg has played in 48 games with Providence of the American Hockey League
this season, going 37-8-2 with a 2.17 GAA, .925 save percentage and four
The Sens may counter with Craig Anderson, who stopped all 27 shots faced in
the shutout victory over the Penguins. He is just 4-8-0 with a 3.32 GAA in 12
career starts versus the Bruins, but did stop 30-of-32 shots faced in the home
victory on Nov. 15.
12/28 10:30:12 ET