Boston Bruins Preview: B’s Host Senators

David Pastrnak (center) prepares to shoot the puck in a game vs. the Buffalo Sabres at the TD Garden.
David Pastrnak (center) prepares to shoot the puck in a game vs. the Buffalo Sabres at the TD Garden. /

The Boston Bruins will look to win their 4th straight game when they host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday for the last time this season. Ottawa currently holds a 2-1 series advantage and they have given Boston their best effort in every game.

These two teams haven’t met since February 20 when the Bruins got their first win against this Senators squad with a 3-1 victory. Ottawa got 2 wins early in the season against the Bruins but looked a little overmatched in their previous meeting.

Boston is coming into the matchup with some injuries. Taylor Hall will miss another game as he recovers from his injury suffered against Vancouver at the end of last month. Derek Forbort blocked a shot against Winnipeg and was seen leaving the arena in a walking boot after the game. The Bruins’ Penalty Kill will be hurting with him out but they have excellent Defense depth to make up for some of the loss there. Dmitry Orlov should slot right back into his spot after taking his turn in the rotation of games off on the blue line.  Nick Foligno is still out with no update on his status to return.

David Pastrnak has shown some life scoring a goal in his last 2 games and looks to reach the 50-goal mark for the first time in his career. The bottom 6 keep upping their game and are showing why they have been crucial to Boston’s success this season. Forward Tyler Bertuzzi is still looking for his first goal with the Bruins so look out for that, but Bertuzzi won’t just look to score he is constantly looking to make the right play he has 4 assists in his 8 games with the team.

Ottawa is coming off a 2-1 win, snapping their 5-game losing streak, against the Penguins on Monday. The Sens fighting for a playoff spot this season and after adding Jakob Chychrun at the deadline it seems as though they feel they can get there.

I think the Bruins are a better team than the Senators, but they have played Boston really well every time they matched up this season. Pen me in for a Bruins win but look for Ottawa to make it a game early.

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