Bruins have surprisingly stiff competition in streaking Senators
|10.31.11 at 8:22 pm ET|
As surprising as it seems, even a good start might not have prevented the Bruins from trailing the Senators in the standings’¦ seriously.
While there’s been plenty of attention paid to the last-place Bruins’ 3-7-0 start to the season, folks in Boston might not know that the Senators — the same Senators who picked sixth overall in June’s draft — are 7-5-0 and are currently on a six-game winning streak. That’s bad news for fans who saw Ottawa on the schedule for Tuesday and thought the Bruins would finally have an easy one.
Leading the Senators in points is former second overall pick Jason Spezza, who scored two goals in Saturday’s win over the Rangers and has 15 points (seven goals, eight assists). Milan Michalek is on pace for a career season with 13 points (seven goals, six assists).
While the Senators have averaged three goals per game, it’s rather surprising that they have the record they do when considering they have allowed a league-worst 3.75 goals per game. Craig Anderson (6-2-0) has a 3.66 goals against average in 10 games, while Alex Auld (0-3-0) has a 4.88 GAA. Robin Lehner has won his only start, allowing two goals.
If the Bruins want to snap their three-game losing streak, they’ll have to take advantage of the fact that they have the goaltending to stop Ottawa’s offense and take advantage of an opportunity to bust out of their offensive funk.