Tim Thomas is going streaking.
No, the Bruins goaltender isn’t going to strip down to his skivvies and do a Will Ferrell impression from “Old School.” But he is going to put a couple of runs of success on the line tonight in Ottawa.
Thomas is 5-0-0 to start the season, which puts him one win shy of the Bruins’ team record for best start to a season by a goaltender. Tiny Thompson won his first six games in 1937-38. Thomas will also look to preserve his winning streak at Ottawa’s ScotiaBank Place, where he has prevailed six straight times.
After beating Toronto, 2-0, Thursday, Thomas now has 19 NHL career shutouts, including two this season. He was asked, given his 0.60 goals-against average and .981 save percentage, if this is his best start.
“Well, probably statistically? I feel obviously that I’m playing good,” Thomas said after the Leafs win. “The team is playing well in front of me. They’re really helping me out with rebounds, screens, blocking in the screens, I mean.”
The Senators are averaging just 2.6 goals per game, and their offense is still being hit by injury. While star center Jason Spezza is scheduled to return from a four-game injury absence, winger Milan Michalek is now out of the lineup with a knee problem. This season, Michalek has posted 4-1-5 totals in 10 games.
The numbers say Thomas holds a distinct advantage in this match-up. We’ll find out if those numbers translate into the result the goaltender and the Bruins want after the puck drops at 7 p.m.