Bruins-Senators Preview

The Associated PressNovember 15, 2013

The Boston Bruins haven't lost in Ottawa in over four years. With goaltender Tuukka Rask set to return, it has a good chance to stay that way.

Rask will try to help the Bruins become the first team in nearly 30 years to win 12 straight road games over an opponent when they visit the Senators on Friday night.

The Bruins (12-5-1) have won 13 of the past 15 overall meetings with the Senators (7-7-4), including four of five last season, and their recent success in Ottawa has been nothing short of impressive.

Boston has held the Senators to 15 goals during an 11-game win streak in Canada's capital. The Bruins' last defeat there came on April 7, 2009.

Turning to Rask may keep it going and give the Bruins the NHL's longest road streak against a single opponent since Montreal won 16 straight over the New Jersey Devils franchise from Feb. 25, 1976-Feb. 7, 1984.

Rask has won four of five career starts against the Senators with a 1.56 goals-against average. He's gone 3-0 at Canadian Tire Centre behind a 1.30 GAA.

Rask was rested Thursday in favor of Chad Johnson, who had 32 saves before Milan Lucic extended Boston's win streak to four when he scored with 48.6 seconds left in a 3-2 overtime win over Columbus.

"It's my first overtime goal that I ever scored and it ends up being a big one," said Lucic, who leads the Bruins with eight goals but has only one in his last seven at Ottawa.

Lucic's OT tally put Boston in position for its longest winning streak since a six-game run from Feb. 17-March 2. That included a 2-1 win over Ottawa on Feb. 28.

The Bruins dropped the most recent meeting 4-2 at home on April 28.

Patrice Bergeron was held off the score sheet in that matchup, but he has 20 points over his last 18 trips to Ottawa.

The Senators (7-7-4) suffered their most lopsided defeat of the season with a 5-0 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday that snapped a three-game win streak. Ottawa had outscored the opposition 11-4 during the streak.

Robin Lehner started every game of that run, compiling a 1.33 GAA while Craig Anderson was out with a neck injury.

Lehner may be back in net after Anderson returned with 26 saves against the Flyers. Coach Paul MacLean, though, wasn't interested in placing blame on the veteran netminder.

"I don't think there's anyone on our team that should be happy with their game and Craig is no different than the rest of us," MacLean said. "There were 20 guys that went out there and 20 guys that didn't get the job done."

Anderson hasn't gotten it done against Boston, losing five straight with a 4.13 GAA, while Lehner has a 2.11 GAA and is 2-3-3 in seven matchups. He stopped 34 shots April 28.

Production from Kyle Turris would also help Ottawa get untracked.

The center collected 10 points during a career-high seven-game scoring streak which ended Tuesday. His 14 assists lead the Senators, while his 18 points are tied with Erik Karlsson for second - one back of Bobby Ryan.

Turris is on pace to shatter his career best of 29 points in each of the last two seasons after being acquired in a deal with Phoenix in December 2011.

"He's maturing as a player," MacLean told the team's official website. "He has learned how to play, he plays in the middle of the rink, he plays 200 feet, he distributes the puck. I think Kyle has really matured into a really good NHL player."

Turris had two points versus Boston on April 28.