On Monday, March 5, at 7:30pm ET, the Boston Bruins (34-25-6) will visit the Ottawa Senators (35-22-6).

This the second of four meetings between these divisional opponents this year. Ottawa took the first matchup back in November, 3-1. With 17 games remaining in the Bruins’ schedule and 19 for Ottawa, these three remaining games will be of upmost importance in the playoff race.

Need to Know: Senators

The theme of the Sens season has been second place. Right now, and for the majority of this season, Ottawa has been sitting second in the Atlantic while almost daily now, the standings below them are shifting. Led by defenseman Erik Karlsson, the Senators have 76 points, six behind Montreal, but have three games in hand. Karlsson has 56 points this season and with 45 assists, he is third among all players and first among defenseman in assists. While the Norris trophy rumors may be surrounding San Jose’s Brent Burns, Ottawa’s spot in the standings is in large part due to the efforts of the star defenseman. With his help, the Sens also have a well-balanced offense with seven forwards all in double-digits for goals.

Need to Know: Boston

The Bruins are 8-2 under Cassidy and have showed positive change since the firing of Claude Julien. They still hold third place in the division with 74 points. They stand two points behind Ottawa, while the Sens hold two games in hand. Newest Bruins member, Drew Stafford, made his presence on the team known in helping on the third line during Saturday’s win over New Jersey. The other news coming from Saturday’s win was the injury in regards to defenseman Adam McQuaid. After receiving 25 stitches from a blade to the neck, he will be in the lineup tonight. That’s what we call a hockey guy. The Bruins recent style of confident and happy hockey will be needed tonight in this must win. The Bs understand what it is going to take and know they have to come out ready to play.

Projected Lineup:

Marchand – Bergeron – Backes

Cehlarik – Krejci – Pastrnak

Vatrano – Spooner – Stafford

Schaller – Moore – Nash

Chara – Carlo

Krug – McQuaid

C. Miller – K. Miller