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Preview; Bruins in Ottawa to face selling Senators

February 18, 2011

The Ottawa Senators are pretty much packing it in. They’ve already made multiple trades and haven’t gotten much in return, instead stripping the team of contracts. The Bruins will look to build upon last night’s 6-3 win over the Islanders and get some separation in the Northeast division.

The Senators are just one point away from being tied for the worst record in the NHL and with their fire sale continuing, they are due to be the worst team in the league by seasons end. Clearly, this must be effecting the remaining players morale. If there is ever a time for the Bruins to jump on a wounded team, it’s now. The Senators are 1-7-2 in their last 10 and now they have to fill out the roster with AHL call-ups. The Senators have also lost 15 of their last 17 at home.

Tim Thomas is expected to get the start tonight in the back end of back-to-back games. The Senators traded Brian Elliott this morning for Craig Anderson, so it is somewhat unclear if Anderson will make it to Ottawa eight hours from the drop of the puck. Also, Chris Kelly, who had visa issues prevent him from playing last night, will play his first game as a Bruin against his former team. At least he knows how to get to the arena.

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