By Scott Taylor
Series D: Ottawa Senators (44-28-10, 98 points) vs. Boston Bruins (44-31-7, 95 points)
The Senators obviously match up well against the Bruins. Ottawa won all four meetings with Boston this season – 3-1 on Nov. 24, 4-2 on March 6, 3-2 on March 21 and 2-1 in a shootout on Apr. 6. The last two games were played in Boston recently.
The Senators don’t dominate the Bruins but they find ways to win. The Sens are led by defenseman Erik Karlsson (17 goals and 71 points) and forwards Mike Hoffman (26-35-61), Kyle Turris (27-28-55) and Mark Stone (22-32-54). Mike Condon will likely get most of the playoff work in goal.
Boston is a typical Bruins workhorse team and with two of their scrappy leaders – Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron – they can be gritty, chippy and tough. This club had two 30-goal scorers in Marchand (39) and David Pastrnak (34) and two more with 20 in David Krejci (23) and Patrice Bergeron (21). It’s a good club, but not a great club although, with a strong post-season from goalie Tuukka Rask, they could scare some people.
Players to Watch:
Ottawa: Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman and Erik Karlsson
Boston: Zdeno Chara, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron
Season Series: Ottawa won 4-0.
Our Choice: Ottawa in six games.