The Boston Bruins have made themselves at home in Canada's capital city. The Bruins will vie for their 10th consecutive victory in Ottawa on Monday when they take on the Northeast Division rival Senators. Coach Paul MacLean's club has also been pretty dominant at Scotiabank Place, winning five straight to improve to 9-1-2 this season.
Although it's tantamount to splitting hairs, Boston owns a slightly better record on the road (8-1-2) than it does at TD Garden (8-2-1). The Bruins won their second straight contest with a convincing 3-0 home triumph over Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon. Monday's rivals met once already this season - with Boston skating to a 2-1 overtime victory on Feb. 28. Patrice Bergeron scored the game winner after he deflected defenseman Dennis Seidenberg's shot past Robin Lehner 3:38 into the extra session.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), RSNE (Ottawa)
ABOUT THE BRUINS (16-3-3): Tuukka Rask rebounded after yielding four goals in two consecutive games to turn aside 23 shots versus the Flyers to record his 13th career shutout. The Finn made 31 saves in his last outing against the Senators, upping his career mark versus the franchise to 3-0-0 with a 1.41 goals-against average. Tyler Seguin, who has five goals in as many games, has only tallied twice in 13 career contests versus Ottawa.
ABOUT THE SENATORS (13-8-4): Rookie Jakob Silfverberg scored to snap a tie with 4:41 remaining in the third period on Friday as visiting Ottawa ended a four-game winless skid (0-2-2) with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers. Lehner was recalled from Binghamton on Feb. 22 and finished with 44 saves against the Bruins in his season debut. The 21-year-old Swede recorded his lone career NHL shutout against Boston just over one year ago.
1. With his next victory, Boston coach Claude Julien will tie Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt for second place in franchise history. Julien has 244 wins.
2. Ottawa veteran D Sergei Gonchar has recorded four of his 10 assists in the last three games.
3. Boston RW Nathan Horton scored in the teams' previous meeting, but has mustered just one assist in the Bruins' subsequent five games.
PREDICTION: Bruins 2, Senators 1