Preview: Boston Bruins at Ottawa Senators


Feb 28, 2013; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) clears the puck during the third period against the Ottawa Senators at TD Banknorth Garden. The Boston Bruins won 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

After an impressive 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon, the Boston Bruins will turn their attention to division foe, the Ottawa Senators, on Monday night. The Bruins currently stand second in the division standings with 35 points and the Senators are fourth with 30 points.

This will be the second matchup of these two teams this season. The Bruins took the first game in Boston 2-1 (Patrice Bergeron scored the game-winning goal in overtime).

The Senators have lost four out of their last five games. Their record may be deceiving however; in the four games that they lost, all have been one-goal games. Even though they are on a bit of a rough patch, they are certainly a team that cannot be overlooked. As the Bruins learned the other night against the Washington Capitals, you cannot take anything for granted, no matter what it may be.

The Bruins are still looking to claim that top spot in the division. The Montreal Canadiens are currently one point ahead of the Bruins for first in the division. Boston has three games in hand on Montreal. But even with that, you can bet the Bruins will be looking to jump ahead of them tomorrow night. Boston never wants to be behind their rivals, no matter how many games have been played.

The Bruins are finally starting to get production from Tyler Seguin. He appeared to have left the goals in Switzerland to start the season but it seems he has them back in the United States now. He has five goals and two assists in the last five games, and he all the sudden is hot. This is the kind of production that the Bruins were expecting out of Seguin from the start.

The game will be at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa at 7:30 p.m. As in any division game, this will be an important game because both teams will look to gain ground on Montreal and secure their places in the division.