The Boston Bruins (25-10-2) will host the Ottawa Senators (15-17-7) tonight at TD Garden. Boston is 12-0-2 in its last 14 home games. Here's what to watch for:
BACK AT IT: After the NHL’s holiday break, the Bruins and Senators will drop the puck for the second of four meetings between these two teams in an Atlantic Division matchup. The two teams will meet again Saturday night in Ottawa.
Ottawa has defeated Boston the last two times the teams have met, including a 4-2 win on Nov. 15 at Ottawa. The Bruins gained the early 2-0 lead in that game, but Ottawa scored four unanswered goals en route to victory. The Bruins are 15-3-2 on home ice this season and have won seven straight at the Garden. The Senators are 7-7-3 on the road this season.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY: The Bruins are 7-2-0 in their last nine games and 13-4-1 in the last 18. Boston is coming off a 6-2 win over the Nashville Predators Monday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Reilly Smith, Carl Soderberg and Ryan Spooner all had three-point nights in that game. The Senators embarrassed the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-0, Monday night at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. Senators goalie Craig Anderson made 27 saves to post the shutout.
MASKED MEN: Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (19-8-2) will attempt to earn his 20th win of the season. Rask has a 1.87 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage in 29 starts. He is 4-2-0 in seven career games against the Senators, including one shutout and a 2.11 GAA. Robin Lehner will get the start for Ottawa tonight. He’s 5-8-3 in 18 games this season with a 2.54 GAA and a .926 SP. In seven career games against Boston, he’s 2-3-2 with one shutout and a 2.11 GAA.
RETURNING: After missing seven games with a concussion, Bruins forward Daniel Paille will return to the lineup against the Senators. During Boston’s morning skate, he was back on the team’s fourth line, along with Gregory Campbell and Jordan Caron.