The Boston Bruins will look to end their two game losing streak on Thursday night as they head to Ontario, Canada to take on the Ottawa Senators. Boston, who sits in second place in the division, and Ottawa, who sits in third place, both continue to chase the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Northeast division.
The Bruins are coming off a 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. The B’s once again gave up a third period lead and that seems to be a common thing for the Bruins this season. It is the fifth time this year that Boston has gone into the third period with a lead and failed to win the game.
Ottawa is on a three game winning streak and only trail the Bruins by three points for second place in the division. During their win streak, they have scored 4.3 goals per game. It took four goals in the third period to beat the New York Islanders Tuesday night, but even with some sloppy play, they rallied and got the job done.
Boston is currently on a two game losing streak and all the injuries that keep occurring aren’t helping the cause. It almost feels like every game, someone new ends up injured. Adam McQuaid is the latest victim of an injury. He left early in the first period Tuesday night against Winnipeg with what appeared to be an upper body injury and did not return to the game. After waiting all day for an update on his status, Bruins General Manager, Peter Chiarelli finally issued a statement saying, “Adam sustained a shoulder strain and will return to Boston for further evaluation by the Bruins medical staff. It is anticipated that he may be out 3-4 weeks.” Defensemen Aaron Johnson is likely to fill his spot while McQuaid is out. Johnson has played in five games for the Bruins so far.
Well, with Adam McQuaid and Chris Kelly definitely out and the status of David Krejci being uncertain, the Bruins will once again have to shuffle the lines up. It is going to take a full team effort to stop the Senators on Thursday night and end their losing streak.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. in Ottawa.