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Preview; Bruins look to finish sweep of 6-game road trip against Sens

March 1, 2011

The Bruins will look to wrap up their six-game road trip with a win against the hapless Senators tonight. The Bruins are riding a season high five-game winning streak and the Senators are riding to a top 2 pick in the upcoming NHL Entry draft. The Bruins and Senators played to a 4-2 Bruins win less than two weeks ago.

Since then, if you can believe it, the Senators roster has fallen apart thanks to injuries and trades. The Senators were major sellers in the past few weeks, dealing away Mike Fisher, Jarkko Ruutu, Chris Kelly, Brian Elliott, Alex Kovalev, and Chris Campoli. The Senators are giving a lot of prospects a chance to break through and are essentially holding extended tryouts for next year. The exodus of veterans may slide the Senators down into the worst record in the league, but I’m sure they wouldn’t mind picking up the first pick in the draft.

The Bruins have outscored their opponents 19-9 during their current five-game winning streak which has featured both series contenders and basement dwellers exclusively. This has muddled the opinions of the new roster and line combinations, who have produced against less than great opposition. What can’t be denied is that the new acquisitions have changed the way the Bruins play. From the fluidity that Tomas Kaberle brings to the back end and power-play to the hustle and grit that Kelly and Rich Peverley bring up front. A major problem with the Bruins’ third line beforehand was their over-reliance on talent and their inability to grind out shifts. Now the Bruins don’t have to worry about that.

Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice today, indicating that he will probably get his second straight start tonight. Expect to see a lot more of Tuukka down the stretch. The Bruins have 15 games in March and need Tim Thomas to be fresh for the playoffs. Andrew Ference, who missed all of last game after leaving Saturday’s game, is expected to miss up to two weeks with a lower-body injury.

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