STARTING GOALTENDERS: Khudobin (9-4-1, 2.32 GAA, .920 Save %) vs. Anderson (12-9-2, 1.69 GAA, .941 Save %). Khudobin is 3-0-0 with a 1.33 GAA and .967 Save % in three career games against Ottawa. Anderson is 3-8-0 with a 3.46 GAA and .899 Save % in 11 career games against Boston.
PLAYOFF INFORMATION: The Bruins communications staff will release the schedule, credential and broadcast information regarding the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs late Sunday night or early Monday morning after all schedules are confirmed by the NHL.
FIRST ROUND SCENARIOS: Depending upon the outcome of tonight’s game, the Bruins can play different three first round opponents in the playoffs. If the Bruins earn two points in a regulation win, they will play the New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs. If the B’s earn two points in an OT or shootout win, they will face tonight’s opponent, the Ottawa Senators, in the first round. If the Bruins lose in any fashion they will face the Toronto Maple Leafs.
SEASON AWARDS: Prior to tonight’s game, the Bruins and 98.5 The Sports Hub will announce the winners of the Season Awards, which includes the Eddie Shore Award (exceptional hustle and determination, chosen by the “Gallery Gods”), the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy (outstanding performance during home games, voted by Boston media), the John P. Bucyk Award (greatest off-ice charitable contributions, chosen by John Bucyk) and the Bruins Three Stars (top performers at home over the course of the season, chosen by 98.5 The Sports Hub).
BRUINS VS SENATORS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Senators are meeting for the 117th time in their franchise histories with the B’s holding a 69-32-8-7 record and a 370-285 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 36-17-5-1 in 59 games at home against Ottawa with a 197-150 scoring edge. In their last 14 games against the Senators, the Bruins have posted a 13-1-0 record with their only loss coming in a 1-0 defeat in Boston on Feb. 28, 2012. Ottawa is one of three teams (Tampa Bay, Philadelphia) to never sweep Boston in a season series.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Jay Pandolfo’s next appearance will be his 900th NHL game.
152 AND COUNTING: The Bruins have sold out 152 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden following Thursday’s game. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
SENATORS NOTEBOOK: The Ottawa Senators enter tonight’s game seeking their first win against the Bruins this season, having gone 0-2-2 against Boston thus far…Ottawa will finish its eighth and final back-to-back of the season tonight. The Sens are 3-2-1 in the second half of games on back-to-back dates…Goaltender Craig Anderson leads all NHL netminders in Save % (0.941) and GAA (1.69)… Centerman Zack Smith will skate in his 200th career game tonight…Reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson returned to Ottawa’s lineup on Thursday for the first time since getting injured on Feb. 13. He has registered two assists and 54:57 of total ice time in two games since his return.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 17-for-120 (14.2%, T-27th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 140-for-161 (87.0%, 4th NHL)… Senators power play: 25-for-155 (16.1%, 20th NHL), Senators penalty kill: 146-for-165 (88.5%, 1st NHL).
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