Monday, 7:30 p.m. Boston Bruins at Ottawa
TV: Sportsnet, RDS. Radio: The Team 1200 AM.
Widely considered the class of the Eastern Conference, the Bruins make their first visit of the season to Scotiabank Place. With an 8-1-2 road record and 8-2-1 at home, there really is no great place to face Boston. And yet, the Senators play them tough, losing 2-1 on a jam play in overtime on Feb. 28 in Boston. Patrice Bergeron leads the Bs with 21 points in 22 games while Brad Marchard is the surprise sniper, a 12-goal man in 21 games. With 35 points, the Bruins are in fourth place, but have three games in hand on first place Montreal. Fewer than 250 tickets remain for this game.
Wednesday, 7 p.m. Senators at Montreal Canadiens
TV: TSN, RDS. Radio: The Team 1200 AM.
Perhaps the East’s biggest surprise, the Canadiens continue to produce points, even when they don’t win. With a 6-1-3 mark over the past 10 games, Montreal is like the guy who saves money for a rainy day. This team puts points in the bank. After falling behind, the Habs bounced back to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. It was Montreal’s second straight win. This is the fourth meeting of the season. After beating up on Habs backup goaltender Peter Budaj on Jan. 30 at SBP, a 5-1 win, the Senators fell 2-1 in Montreal on Feb. 3. Ottawa won 2-1 via shootout on home ice Feb. 25.
Saturday, 3 p.m. Senators at Buffalo Sabres
TV: Sportsnet, TVA. Radio: The Team 1200 AM.
Having already fired coach Lindy Ruff, the Sabres are still mired in muck, 3-5-2 in their past 10, stumbling around near the Eastern cellar. Given Ottawa’s usual mastery over Buffalo, the Senators are probably not a team the Sabres look forward to seeing. Ottawa has already beaten Buffalo twice this season, both times at SBP, 4-3 on Feb. 5 and 2-0 on Feb. 12.
Sunday, 5 p.m. Winnipeg Jets at Ottawa
TV: CBC, RDS. Radio: The Team 1200 AM.
The Senators usually enjoy trips to noisy MTS Centre, where they generally return with two points. But the Jets have been better lately, winners of two straight and 7-3-0 over their last two games to escape the Eastern Conference cellar. Surprisingly, the Jets have been better on the road than in their boisterous home, just 4-6-0 at MTS and 8-5-1 on the road. One of those roadies was a 1-0 victory over the Senators on Feb. 9. The Senators opened their season with a 4-1 victory over the Jets on Jan. 19.