Game Day Thread: Senators @ Bruins

End of a Senator
The annual Bruins vs Senators season-closer-that-isn’t-actually-a-closer-because-of-rescheduled-games is tonight.
But the Senators seem a little distracted.

When last we left our intrepid heroes,…

The Bruins faced the Florida Panthers at BB&T Arena. The Beantown Boys started a little slow, losing the shot battle badly, giving up a 2 goal deficit, then closing the gap, only to give up a late 3rd period goal. This was the 3rd loss in a row (2nd in regulation) since taking first place in the division. Naturally, the Lightning have retaken first place, currently at a 2 point lead in the standings with a 1 ROW tiebreaker. So if the Bruins would like to retake the #1 spot in the east, and face a wild card team instead of Toronto, they need Tampa to lose tonight’s game vs the Hurricanes, and must themselves take 3 or 4 points out of their remaining two matches.

Rick Nash is almost ready to return, but not Riley Nash and Sean Kuraly. Kuraly and Rick Nash are close to returning, but Riley Nash is further out. Tommy Wingels missed the last two games and half of the previous one with a hand injury but is likely to play tonight.

Ottawa is locked out of the playoff structure, and is actually locked into the 2nd draft lottery spot, so this game is meaningless to them other than for reasons of pride. Note that they have already played their final home game of the season.
What is more interesting to them is the drama surrounding Erik Karlsson.

Karlsson is the biggest star player on the Senators, and is up for a contract renegotiation. At $6.5M, he is currently the 2nd most expensive player on the team (#1 is Bobby Ryan, at $7.25M/yr. Karlsson is having an excellent year and is currently the 15th highest paid player at his position. He would certainly be within his rights to expect to be paid in the top 5 after his next contract, which would put him between $9M and $12M for a single year, and at a cap hit of $8M+ depending on details over the life of the contract. The Senators, unhappy with their team’s fortunes were reportedly looking to blow up the team, including shopping Karlsson at the trade deadline. While they did not part with the defenseman, it is widely believed that the relationship between Karlsson and the back office is irreparably harmed, and that Karlsson will not sign a contract extension.
If that wasn’t enough, Karlsson’s wife just suffered a stillbirth two weeks ago, and Karlsson has been staying home as much as possible to comfort her. So Ottawa’s most interesting play will not play tonight. And to increase the drama, Karlsson grabbed a game puck from the final Ottawa home game – signalling to some that his time with the Senators may be over.


Of course, he may also have planned to give it to an ailing fan.

Let’s do some lines.


Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

David Krejci

David Krejci

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

Ryan Donato

David Backes

David Backes

Brian Gionta

Brian Gionta

Tim Schaller

Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

Tommy Wingels

Tommy Wingels

Bruins Defensive pairs
Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug

Torey Krug

Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

Nick Holden

Nick Holden

Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid

Bruins Goaltending
Anton Khudobin (Tuukka Rask)

With Karlsson taking personal time off and Mike Condon out with a concussion, the Sens are a little thin right now:

Senators Forward Lines
Tootsie Roll

Mike Hoffman

Tootsie Roll

Matt Duchene

Tootsie Roll

Colin White

Tootsie Roll

Alexandre Burrows

Tootsie Roll

Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Tootsie Roll

Bobby Ryan

Tootsie Roll

Magnus Paajarvi

Tootsie Roll

Zack Smith

Tootsie Roll

Tom Pyatt

Tootsie Roll

Max McCormick

Tootsie Roll

Filip Chlapik

Tootsie Roll

Ryan Dzingel

Senators Defense
Tootsie Roll

Thomas Chabot

Tootsie Roll

Cody Ceci

Tootsie Roll

Mark Borowiecki

Tootsie Roll

Fredrik Claesson

Tootsie Roll

Ben Harpur

Tootsie Roll

Christian Wolanin

Senators Goaltending
Tootsie Roll

Danny Taylor

Tootsie Roll

Craig Anderson

Officiating roster.
(H/T Scouting the Refs):

Referees
Two guys in striped shirts

Linesmen
Two other guys in striped shirts

Tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

About IntentionallyWidenberg

Position: Power Forward. Occupation: I am the Egg Man. Contrary to popular belief, I am not the Walrus.
newest oldest most recched
Satan 81's Sister
Editor
Satan 81's Sister

Canes won in OT so first place is up for grabs tomorrow.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
Member
Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Goodnight All! Hoping to be home in time for tomorrow’s game!!

Satan 81's Sister
Editor
Satan 81's Sister

Achooey!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
Member
Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Seeya, Tootsies!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
Member
Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Noel! Noel!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
Member
Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Miller is feelin’ it tonight!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
Member
Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Dzingle dzangle!
I’ll drink!

Satan 81's Sister
Editor
Satan 81's Sister

Dzingle dzangle!

In my head this has replaced “jingle jangle” in Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Do You Love Me.”