While most of the Boston Bruins roster left for Ottawa yesterday a few notable faces did not. Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, and Johnny Boychuk remained in Boston making way for a batch of younger face to see potential ice time. Boychuk is the only one staying behind due to injury though as to how bad his injury is, well that’s unknown.
Goaltender Anton Khudobin and forward Lane MacDermid, both from the Providence Bruins, are making the trip to Ottawa and have very good chances of making the lineup. With them is newly acquired Torey Krug, who played in his first NHL game on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Because the Bruins have already clinched their division, giving rest to the big guys who are mucho valuable when it comes to playoffs is important. However tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators is important on Ottawa’s end. While the Bruins are number 2 playoff wise in the Eastern Conference, the Senators are looking to lock in at 7th. To do so they need to earn at least one point in their final two games or the Washington Capitals have to lose one of their final two games.
What is probably the most interesting part of this match up is we will be watching a potential playoff match up for the first round. As we know regular season wise, the Bruins have a slight edge when it comes to playing the Senators but when it comes to playoffs, things can change. This season the Bruins are 4-1-0 against the Senators.
So while tonight’s game is a chance for some new B’s to make a spark, it’s a chance for the Senators to make their way into the playoffs.
Puck drops in Ottawa tonight at 7:30 but coverage begins at 7 on NESN.