Wednesday, April 19, 7:30pm ET, First Round, Game 4, Ottawa @ Boston

Need to know: Senators
Erik Karlsson. Ottawa’s star defenseman has been one of the keys to the Sens current 2-1 series lead. He has played a large role in breaking down the Bruins both offensively as well as preventing some of Boston’s top forwards from getting on the scoresheet. He has four assists in the first three games of this series. Another big reason why Ottawa has found success against the Bruins is Boucher’s 1-3-1 neutral zone trap. The Sens had great success in the regular season against the Boston and the Bs continue to struggle to get by it so far this series. There is a big difference between going up 3-1 heading home than tied 2-2. Ottawa needs to come out strong like they did in Game 3 and match the hopefully strong desperate start the Bruins will bring.

Need to know: Bruins
It’s no secret the Bruins are hurting defensively, literally. It seems for the past week, the Bs have lost a defenseman every game. Krug, McQuaid and Carlo will all be out once again tonight. Carlo has been skating alone and a return could come soon. But, Krug and McQuaid are showing no sign of a return in the next couple of days. Defenseman Colin Miller will be back in the lineup tonight after leaving Game 1 early with an injury. The key for Boston is to come out strong in the opening minutes. As evident in Game 3, they cannot afford another slow start.

Boston is clearly in desperation mode. Which means, production from the top lines is a must and something that so far in this series has been lacking. Bruins top goal scorer, Brad Marchand only has one goal in the first three games. He has zero points in the last two and only five shots throughout this whole series. After a very impressive regular season and someone who finished toward the top in the league, should definitely have more than five shots in three games. Chara has obviously needed to take on the most amount of ice-time due to so many injuries on the blue line. But, the captain has made some major mistakes late in these games that attribute to their losses. While, Patrice Bergeron has been somewhat himself in the first few games, he was heavily outmatched in the face-off circle last game. If the Bruins want to tie this series before heading back to Ottawa, it is imperative that the stars of this team show up like Ottawa’s have.

Project Lineup:
Marchand – Bergeron – Backes
Stafford – Krejci – Pastrnak
Moore – Spooner – Vatrano
Schaller – Nash – Acciari

Chara – McAvoy
Morrow – K. Miller
Liles – C. Miller