Although the Ottawa Senators boast one of the league's best home records, the Boston Bruins have had their way upon visiting Canada's capital city. Boston will vie for its 11th consecutive win at Scotiabank Place when the Northeast Division rivals meet on Thursday. The Bruins have gone the extra mile against the Senators in 2013 - posting a 2-1 overtime win on Feb. 28 and a 3-2 shootout victory on March 11.
Boston, however, has lost two straight overall and three in a row on the road after dropping a 3-1 decision to Winnipeg on Tuesday. Ottawa has turned it around after winning just one of its first six contests to start the month (1-2-3). The Senators seized their third win in a row on Tuesday, recording four unanswered third-period goals en route to a 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders.
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ABOUT THE BRUINS (19-6-3): Last season, Boston won all 32 of its games when it entered the third period with a lead. This campaign has been a different story as the Bruins have let five third-period leads go by the boards - including four in March alone. "Extremely disappointing," coach Claude Julien said after Boston fell to 9-4-1 when leading after two. "It's not good enough," enforcer Shawn Thornton said. "We should be (angry) in here. It's becoming a habit. It's not acceptable."
ABOUT THE SENATORS (16-8-6): Veteran Sergei Gonchar extended his point streak to eight games by collecting a goal and two assists against the Islanders. Fellow defenseman Patrick Wiercioch, who also had a three-point performance versus New York, has six points in his last four contests. Guillaume Latendresse, who scored on Tuesday, netted his first of 2013 against Boston on March 11. Robin Lehner made 33 saves in that contest - and will get the nod on Thursday.
1. Ottawa D Marc Methot injured his right leg after taking a hit from Islanders RW Brad Boyes. His availability against the Bruins will be determined Thursday morning, according to coach Paul MacLean.
2. Boston D Adam McQuaid is expected to be sidelined three-to-four weeks with a strained shoulder.
3. The Senators, who open a season-high five-game homestand on Thursday, are an impressive 10-1-3 at Scotiabank Place.
PREDICTION: Bruins 2, Senators 1