Something has to give in Thursday night’s Northeast Division showdown at TD Garden as the Bruins have won four games in a row on the road, and the Senators have won five in a row after watching defenseman Erik Karlsson go down with a gruesome Achilles heel injury.
Tuukka Rask and Robin Lehner were the first goalies onto the ice for pregame warm-ups at the Garden and will get the start in net for the Bruins and Senators respectively. Rask is riding a four game winning streak and hasn’t allowed more than two goals in his last seven regulation games. Lehner is giving Ben Bishop a rest after the towering former University of Maine product had won four in a row for Ottawa after Craig Anderson went down with a leg injury.
Here are the line combos and defensemen pairings for the Bruins: