Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins on Nov. 13, 2010

Hell week usually refers to the worst stretch of training for the Navy SEALs or hazing for fraternity pledges, but it could also apply to the Senators’ upcoming schedule.

Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins on Nov. 13, 2010
Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators scores during the shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

THE STORY: Hell week usually refers to the worst stretch of training for the Navy SEALs or hazing for fraternity pledges, but it could also apply to the Senators’ upcoming schedule. Ottawa plays four times on the road between now and Friday, with nary an easy match to be found. They could use a confidence boost after getting hammered 6-2 by the Vancouver Canucks Thursday, but it isn’t likely to come against Tim Thomas and the Bruins.

THE SUBPLOTS: Pascal Leclaire was shelled by the Canucks, so it’s highly unlikely he’ll be back between the pipes against Boston. The only way that happens is if the minor injury nagging Brian Elliott flares up, but you can bet he’ll be motivated to get going again before Leclaire has any more chances to take a run at the No. 1 job. He’ll need to have a big game to run his personal winning streak to five games.

THE WILDCARD: Daniel Alfredsson. The Senators’ captain didn’t look healthy against the Canucks and he and fellow linemate Mike Fisher each finished a minus-three. While the 37-year-old has lost a step with age, he looked particularly slow Thursday. You have to wonder if something is bothering him and whether it’s worth keeping him in the lineup if that’s the case…if not, the Senators just need him to be better.

THE OPPONENT: The Bruins are hoping to become the second straight team to trample the Senators after a loss at the Bell Centre. Boston lost 3-1 to the Habs Thursday night (Tuukka Rask was in goal), so expect them to come out flying in an attempt to make up for losing ground to the Northeast Division leaders. They could also put a little distance between themselves and the Senators in the process. Both teams are tied with 17 points each, though Boston has played three fewer games.

THE QUOTE: “I thought it was a pretty good game for two periods. I thought we were playing pretty well and it was a good up and down game. Then we had a couple of turnovers and they made us pay for it and they got a few bounces and things were going their way. It was just boom, boom, boom and it was hard to come back.” — Leclaire, describing Ottawa’s collapse early in the third period against the Canucks.

THE SICK BAY: Senators — D Filip Kuba (broken leg, day-to-day), G Brian Elliott (undisclosed, questionable). Bruins — W Marco Sturm (knee, indefinite), C Trent Whitfield (Achilles surgery, indefinite), C Marc Savard (concussion, indefinite), C David Krejci (concussion, out at least one week), D Johnny Boychuk (broken forearm, indefinite).

THE PREDICTION: The Senators were exposed a little by a truly elite team in the Vancouver Canucks, and I have a bad feeling it marked the beginning of a tough run. The Senators have just three wins in the last 15 meetings against the Bruins and, to make matters worse, this one takes place in Beantown. While they do seem to play better in front of Brian Elliott, I don’t think his presence will be enough to pick up two points. Senators 1, Bruins 4.

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