Bruins Get Their First Look At The Struggling Senators

Published December 27, 2017 at 3:14 PM

The Boston Bruins return from the holiday break by hosting the struggling Ottawa Senators. 

This is our first look at the Senators, who come in with a record 2-6-2 in their last 10 games, and we will see them again Saturday night in Ottawa.

The Senators were one overtime goal shy of making it to the Stanley Cup Final last spring, but this season has been a nightmare.   They tried to jumpstart their season by acquiring Matt Duchene back on November 5, but that has not worked out like originally intended so far.  In 20 games with the Senators, Duchene has just two goals and five points while the team has gone 5-12-3 since his arrival.

The Bruins will not change from the lineup we saw just prior to the holiday break.  Peter Cehlarik and David Krejci remain out, but they both will travel with the team to Washington and Ottawa.  Head coach Bruce Cassidy said that defenseman Adam McQuaid is healthy, but he will not play tonight.

Tuukka Rask will start versus the Senators tonight and Anton Khudobin will draw in at the Capitals tomorrow night.  Rask is 8-7-4 with a 2.34 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and two shutouts in 21 career games against Ottawa.

The Bruins have lost six straight versus the Senators and are just 5-8-4 in their last 17 regular season meetings.

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