It’s common practice for NHL teams to play a ‘home-and-home’ series – in which two teams play back-to-back games with each other, both hosting a game – a handful of times per season. The Boston Bruins have four such encounters in the 2015-16 season.
The B’s are in the midst of its third home-and-home, hosting the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night after playing a tilt on Sunday night in Canada’s capital city. After sweeping the first two home-and-homes of the season with Toronto and Pittsburgh, the Bruins dropped the series opener to the Sens, 3-1, and take the Garden ice on Tuesday in danger of being swept, something that hasn’t happened to Boston since 2011.
The most recent sweep came at the hands of Montreal, who doubled up the B’s twice in three nights, on Oct. 27 and 29th, 2-1 and 4-2. The pair of losses dropped the Bruins to 3-7 in what turned out to be a failed defense of the Stanley Cup. The Bruins went 46-22-4 the rest of the way to win their third division title in four seasons, but lost to Washington in seven games in the opening round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Bruins have played in seven series since, sweeping three. They’ve played the Senators twice over that span, splitting both times. Ottawa last swept the Bruins in a home-and-home in Nov. 2007, the latter victory coming in a shootout. Boston emerged pointless against Ottawa earlier that year, when the Sens went 2-for-2 against the B’s in January.