Game Day Thread — Bruins Vs Senators

Don Brennan’s Favorite Team (21-13-7) Vs The Good Guys (22-16-4), 7:30pm ET @ SBP; Television: Rogers Sportsnet
Here’s my prediction for tonight’s game against the Bruins. To view the rest of James Gordon’s prediction panel for the Ottawa Citizen, click here.

Senators 2, Bruins 3

With Tuuka Rask having played last night against the Rangers, Senators fans can look forward to seeing Tim Thomas’ bulbous head protect that 6’x4′ Boston cage. After stringing together 10 consecutive wins against the Senators, one would assume that by now, the Senators players and advance scouting staff would have figured out that the way to beat Thomas is to stop shooting high and keep the puck out of the vicinity of Thomas’ giant dome.

Lines: Shannon-Fisher-Kovalev; Michalek-Regin-Foligno; Ruutu-Kelly-Neil; Donovan-Winchester-Cheechoo. The only changes will come on defence and in goal as Brian Elliott and Alexandre Picard will draw back in to replace Pascal Leclaire and Chris Campoli.

Patrice Bergeron’s Injury

During last night’s game, the Bruins forward was hit on the hand by a Dennis Wideman slapshot while setting a screen in front of the Rangers net. According to ESPN, Bergeron could be out for two to six weeks with a thumb injury thereby putting his Olympic participation in jeopardy. This is great news for the TSN hockey panel who will assuredly milk this story and discuss potential replacement players for the duration of Bergeron’s absence.

The Mighty Quinn?

Remember last season during the World Jr. Championships when The Euge engaged in manly embrace with legendary coach Pat Quinn? At the time, old time Senators fans who didn’t repress memories of Quinn and his Maple Leafs beating the Senators four consecutive times in the playoffs used the opportunity to laud Quinn and speculate that he would be the next head coach of the Ottawa Senators if Craig Hartsburg were to get the axe. Fortunately, the Melnyk-Quinn embrace turned out to have no-strings attached isolated incident. If you haven’t noticed, Hartsburg’s eventual replacement, Cory Clouston, has been nails for the Ottawa Senators. And Pat Quinn? Well, he eventually caught on with the Oilers who have lost 9 of their past 10 games. Things are so bad in Edmonton that Quinn will actually put his players through a brief mini-camp to reintegrate the basic skills and re-learn their system. No wonder his players are ringing up quite the tabs on booze these days. If it doesn’t work out well in Edmonton for Quinn, maybe he can follow in the footsteps of Pat Burns and freelance with some TMZ style reporting.

Cowen Will Play Tonight

I just wanted to thank one of our Twitter followers japansescream who let us know that the NHL Network reported that Sens prospect, Jared Cowen, will be playing in tonight’s gold medal game against the United States even though he was benched for the duration of Canada’s semi-final game against the Swiss. If you want to follow us on Twitter, just follow us using this link.

Ottawa Citizen Live Coverage of Tonight’s Game

For those readers who enjoy watching Senators hockey while engaging in a live blog format, the Ottawa Citizen will be running one for tonight’s game so check it out.