Auld gets start for Sens

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:44 PM ET

The Senators will tonight be facing a team resigned to finishing the regular season second best.

But determined to be the last one standing when the playoffs are over.

"We've got an outside chance (at first overall) but we're certainly not going to put all our eggs in one basket and push for that," Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the team's morning skate at Scotiabank Place. "Our focus is on something much bigger."

The Bruins, who have won five in a row, trail the San Jose Sharks by three points in the overall standings. Although they have a game in hand, the Sharks are facing three non-playoff bound teams to finish out the schedule.

The Senators, who are riding an eight-game home winning streak, will use the same lineup as that which beat the Canadiens 3-2 in Montreal Monday. That means goalie Alex Auld will make his fourth consecutive start, the most he's played in a row since going 11 straight in November.

It also means Shean Donovan will once again be a healthy scratch.

The Bruins will use Manny Fernandez in goal. Sniper Phil Kessel returns to the lineup after missing five games with an upper body injury. Their scratches will be defencemen Dennis Wideman and Andrew Ference, as well as winger P.J. Axelsson.

Tonight's game starts at 7:30 and will be on Rogers Sportsnet.


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