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Senators will rest starting goaltender vs Bruins

Apr 5, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

OTTAWA, CANADA - MARCH 20: Ben Bishop #30 of the Ottawa Senators walks out for warmup prior to a game against the New Jersey Devils at Scotiabank Place on March 20, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins should take a lesson from the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers on how to set up a playoff series. The Senators and Bruins will probably play each other in the first round, but don’t expect Thursday’s game to offer much insight into how that series will go.

As we previously reported, Boston has already decided to rest three core players in Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, and Patrice Bergeron. Now the Ottawa Senators have followed suit by giving backup goaltender Ben Bishop his first start since he left a game on March 24 with a lower body injury.

“It’s fine. Every team probably says the same thing: You want to have healthy and fresh bodies going into the playoffs,” said captain Daniel Alfredsson in regards to the Bruins decision.

Ottawa’s decision to start Bishop probably has a little less to do with resting Craig Anderson and more to do with giving Bishop some playing time in case they need him in the postseason.

There’s still a chance that Ottawa will finish the season in eighth place, but in order for that to happen, they would have to lose both of their last two games and the Capitals would need to win both of theirs. The more likely scenario is that the Senators open the playoffs against the Bruins. Just not the Bruins team that they’ll face on Thursday.

  1. govtminion - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    “…the two teams clashed and the sound from both was a thundering ‘meh’…”

  2. bergeronforselke - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Wonder if Corvo will enact his revenge on Turris in this meaningless game

    • nhbsfan - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      No, he will probably be too busy turning the puck over or putting marks on the end boards with his miss the net slap shots from the point…

  3. mcmurphy22 - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    He’s been better lately…kind of. By better I mean not cost more than 2 a game….god I hope Johnny is okay.

    • nhbsfan - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      Yeah, I guess he has. He sat for awhile so I think he might have seen the writing on the wall. I used to have season tickets to the Manchester Monarchs (LA’s AHL team) and he used to do the same thing way back then. Turnovers and his slapshots would hit the net like 20% of the time…

      • govtminion - Apr 5, 2012 at 11:08 AM

        He was one of the more solid D-men when he was in Washington a couple of years back for a deadline rental. Of course, ‘solid’ by Caps standards is pretty loose, but still. Odd that he’s not been nearly the same player since.

      • odj810 - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:28 PM

        it’s the system, we keep looking for the offensive D man but the truth is most good offensive D man in the league would not be good players in boston. Boston’s built to much on defense where 1 defensive mistake will get you shot by the fans. Look at wideman, he’s flourishing in Washington. I like what there doing with trying to develop one of there own in krug. Hopefully he can play the 2 way game move the puck and not screw up.

      • mcmurphy22 - Apr 5, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        Good news is Johnny should be good to go. If Corvo gets called on maybe his nights off until then well have the same effect.

  4. sterogatory - Apr 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Let’s see if Big Ben can continue to impress. Too bad no Chara, Chris Neil loves that big punching bag.

    • govtminion - Apr 5, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Relax, unless Ottawa really biffs it over the next few days I’m sure they’ll get all the Chara they could ever want and more starting mid-next-week.

  5. odj810 - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    I’d be happy if the bruins just put providence on the ice for this game.

  6. nhbsfan - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Word just came down Boychuk only has a mild knee sprain…

    “Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk has been diagnosed with a mild left knee sprain. Boychuk is day-to-day, according to coach Claude Julien.”

    /sigh relief

  7. capsfan19 - Apr 5, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Wideman is the man. Trade green.

  8. homelanddefense - Apr 5, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    complete who cares games. Both teams just want to get out healthy. I would scratch as many starters as possible.

  9. pastabelly - Apr 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Weren’t the Flyers and Penguins playing for home ice? How can you compare the stakes in these two games? I must be missing something.

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