Excited that the Bruins won't be facing the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals in the first round of the NHL playoffs? You should be. After all, the B's didn't beat the Caps at all this season and Tuukka Rask has a career 1-9-5 record against Washington.
But before you get too excited about a first-round matchup against Bond villain Guy Boucher and the Senators, let's check out how the Bruins fared against Ottawa this season:
The B's went 0-3-1 against the Sens, with three of those losses coming in the last 17 games of the season under Bruce Cassidy's watch. If you go back even further, the Bruins have just one win in nine tries against their divisional rival. Ottawa's neutral-zone trap has stymied Boston's offense, which has scored only 6 goals in 4 games. And the B's have led for a grand total of 30:24 in those matchups, or about 12.4 percent of the time:
But it's not all doom and gloom heading into the first-ever playoff series between the Bruins and Senators. The B's have a distinct edge in special teams, connecting on 5-of-8 power play opportunites against Ottawa this season (62.5%). Will the Bruins' seventh-ranked power play unit have the same success in the postseason against the Sens' 22nd-ranked penalty kill with Torey Krug's status a question mark? We'll start to find out when the series kicks off Wednesday night.