Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/21/13
8 a.m. ET: When you look at the way things were going just about a month ago, you’d probably be surprised to find out that Thursday’s Bruins-Senators game in Ottawa would mean much of anything. Improbably, despite Boston’s hot start and the Sens’ mounting injury concerns, Thursday night’s tussle between Northeast Division rivals is actually a pretty big game for both teams. It’s also the second meeting in 10 days between the two teams with the Bruins winning last week in a shootout at Ottawa. Just three points separate the two teams entering the game, and while the Senators continue to defy the odds with injury after injury, the Bruins are starting to scuffle. Boston has lost two in a row, and they are just 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. Once again, third-period issues continue to haunt the club, and that’s what did them in again Tuesday night in Winnipeg. Despite leading 1-0 heading into the third, the Bruins saw the Jets score three unanswered to steal the win. The Bruins are also starting to deal with injuries of their own. The status of both David Krejci and Adam McQuaid are unknown heading into this matchup. Krejci left Sunday’s game with the Penguins with a leg injury, and he didn not play Tuesday in Winnipeg. McQuaid was injured in that jets game. He fell awkwardly into the boards and left with what was tabbed a lower-body injury and did not return. We’ll have updates on both throughout the day as we learn more leading up to puck drop at 7:30 in Ottawa. Be sure to follow along throughout the day.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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