Game #59: Washington Capitals (28-23-9) vs. Boston Bruins (37-16-5)
Location: TD Garden, Boston, Mass.
Time: 1:00 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
The Boston Bruins will host the Washington Capitals in yet anthor Saturday matinee affair. These clubs have yet to face-off this season. The game will mark the first of three scheduled meetings in the month of March. Washington will be ever so hungry as they sit three points out of the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot. Boston is looking to avenge a poor defensive showing in Buffalo in Wednesday’s loss.
The Bruins have outscored the opposition 14-2 in the last three games they’ve played on a Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. They beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-1, the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1, and blanked the Edmonton Oilers 4-0. If anything, history is on the side of the black-and-gold.
Just like any meeting with the Caps, slowing down Alex Ovechkin will be the main priority in this one. Expect Zdeno Chara to be shadowing him all afternoon. Ovechkin leads his team with 63 points and 41 goals. He has 15 of those points in his last 10 games. Nicklas Backstrom leads the Caps with 47 assists.
Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla are both red hot for the Bruins. They each have notched at least a point in five straight games. David Krejci, their linemate, has points in four straight. Chara has also been dominant in power play situations. He scored his 15th goal of the season in Buffalo on Wednesday.
Tuukka Rask will make his first start in net for the Bruins since prior to the Sochi Winter Olympic break. He’s rested, feels ready to roll, and surely possesses a great deal of confidence after winning bronze. Expect Rask to be sharp and motivated.
Mikhail Grabovski is a notable injury on Washington’s side. The centerman is nursing a sprained ankle and he will not play.