Bruins Beat

Bruins play four in six On Tuesday, the Bruins Bs return to TD Garden ice to host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday (7:00pm). Of concern recently has been the Covid-19 issue that has caused a sizeable outbreak on the Ottawa roster, forcing cancellation of a recent practice. This brief two-game TD Garden homestand will have the locals facing two teams going in totally different directions. At press time, the Ottawa Senators are riding a two-game losing streak, with a record of 2-7-1 in their last ten games. On the other end of the spectrum, Boston on Thursday (7:00pm), will host the Pacific Division leading Edmonton Oilers with Connor McDavid, who are enjoying a four-game winning streak, having only lost one of their last ten games (9-1-0). The current records of these contrasting teams should ignite the mediocre play lately, of the Bs, to step it up a notch. Still stinging from their 5-2 loss last Saturday to Atlantic Division rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs, they will need to play stronger two-way hockey to beat either Ottawa or Edmonton, while playing two games in three days. Following their loss to the Maple Leafs, Coach Bruce Cassidy again stressed the need of the team to play a full 60-munte game, something that has not happened very often in recent games, especially in games where they were either leading or tied in the third period – and lost! The Bruins will have little time to regroup following their brief homestand, as their schedule of four games in six days wears on them, with a Saturday game in New Jersey. The Devils currently are feeling the heat of being positioned near the bottom of the Metropolitan Division. With no day off, the Bruins return to TD Garden ice on Sunday (7:00pm) to take on another Atlantic Division rival, the Montreal Canadiens who have had their problems of late, sitting in the last spot of the Atlantic Division while posting a paltry 3-7-0 record, to go with losses in their last two games. Encouraging to see Nick Foligno (upper body), and Anton Blidh (upper body) returned to participate in Monday’s full team practice. While Foligno is not expected to be in the lineup immediately, it is promising to see him back on the ice with the team, and a possible Thursday

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