Through seven games, the Ottawa Senators are overachieving. With nine points, the Senators sit inside the playoffs. Still, it is difficult to put too much faith in the Senators this season, as they lack proven talent they can rely on every night.
Their offence is overachieving, averaging 4.00 goals per game. The Senators had one of the worst offences last season, and without the playmaking abilities of Erik Karlsson, their current offensive pace is not sustainable.
After a terrible showing on opening night against the Washington Capitals, the Boston Bruins are back to looking like Stanley Cup contenders. They are 4-1-2 since that loss, outscoring opponents 27-16.
The production from their top line is outstanding. The Bruins top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak have 36 points, with all three ranking in the top 11 for points scored as of October 21.
It is still very early in the NHL season, but this game is surprisingly important for both teams. With the Toronto Maple Leafs slipping up a bit this week, the two Atlantic Division rivals have a chance to move up in the Division with two points.