Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 59 — Bruins vs. Senators
1:30 PM: Here are today's projected lineups for the Sens and Bruins...
Greening - Spezza - Michalek
MacArthur - Turris - Condra
Conacher - Zibanejad - Ryan
Kassian - Smith - Neil
Cowen - Karlsson
Methot - Gryba
Wiercioch - Ceci
Lucic - Krejci - Iginla
Marchand - Bergeron - Smith
Soderberg - Kelly - Eriksson
Paille - Campbell - Thornton
Miller - Hamilton
Bartkowski - Boychuk
Krug - Warsofsky
1:15 PM: Today's Gameday Goodie talks Olympics with Boston University alumnus Eric Gryba. Take a look...
12:30 PM: Marc Methot offered his thoughts on the playoff race, his play and the Bruins on Friday before the team's departure. Here's what he had to say...
On the playoff race:
It's a competitive group of teams right now that are fighting for that spot. It keeps you honest. I like it, it makes it competitive and it makes every game that much more important. Those are easy games to get up for, they're never hard to play, no matter how your body is feeling. It's going to be competitive and I bet it'll get right down to the last week of the season so it'll be interesting.
On staying focused:
You've got to remember, all of these teams are all in the same spot. This is the last game for most teams in the league, some guys are going to the Olympics, some guys are going away but regardless, the points are so important right now. There's really no choice, it's a must-win game.
On his break plans:
I'm not sure yet, I'm probably going to go off somewhere.
On his play with Gryba:
I'm glad people are noticing Grybes' good play because it's tough as a defensive D-man sometimes to get those accolades and he has been playing real well. Being a young guy, he's starting to get his confidence now. He's a great guy to have in the dressing room and we seem to play a similar style of game and it's great when it comes to shutting down lines.
On his play since being a scratch:
We had some issues with regards to how I was feeling and whatnot, it was really not a big deal. It was made to be a bigger deal than it really was but now that I'm healthy-ish again, I feel good on the ice. Everyone has bumps and bruises at this time of the year but I feel good and I've got a good partner right now and we're clicking and that makes a big difference.
On playing Boston in the afternoon ahead of the break:
If there's any better way to do it, it probably would be to be on the road. You get away from all the distractions — when you're home, sometimes your mind kind of wanders. We're going to be on the road, it's back to the old routine we're used to and unfortunately we've been playing a ton of road games this month. There couldn't be a better team to be playing against, they're always pretty good games.
10:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators will look to enter the Olympic break on a positive note today when they take on the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.
The Senators enter today's contest with points in three straight contests, with their most recent result being a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Milan Michalek scored a pair, Erik Karlsson had a goal of his own and Craig Anderson was strong in goal for the Sens who pushed their season record to 3-0-1 over Buffalo in the season series finale.
The Bruins sit atop the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference with a record of 36-16-4 for 76 points in 56 games. They have also been an especially tough home opponent with a 22-6-2 record in Boston. In their last game they lost a 3-2 decision to the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis.
In three games this season the Senators are 2-1-0 against Boston with the home team winning all three.
Paul MacLean will speak to the media at 12:45 PM at TD Garden and I'll have plenty of updates to follow including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players' thoughts on tonight's game, Sens TV updates, Instagram goodness and more.
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