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Game #62: Boston Bruins seek third straight win against Caps

Game #62: Washington Capitals (29-24-10) vs. Boston Bruins (39-17-5)

Location: TD Garden, Boston

Time: 7:00 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

The Boston Bruins will host the Washington Capitals for the second time in less than a week on Thursday night. This meeting marks the second of three scheduled games between the two clubs this month.

Washington defeated the black-and-gold this past Saturday, 4-2. Alex Ovechkin potted two goals for the Caps in the win. Boston will be looking to avenge the loss and even the score with their conference foe.

The loss served as a wake up call for Boston. The Caps have scuffled since.

The Bruins have won two consecutive contests since Saturday. The Caps have dropped two in a row, both losses coming to the Philadelphia Flyers. The rosters on each side have changed as well.

Boston acquired a pair defenseman at the trade deadline, Corey Potter and Andrej Meszaros. Of the two, Meszaros will likely have more of an impact down the stretch.

Meszaros is a stand-up defensman who is reliable in his own end. He’s also offensively inclined and can move the puck smoothly. Many overlook his true value because he was frequently scratched from Phildelphia’s lineup this season. He won’t be in the lineup Thursday, but could be paired with fellow Slovakian, Zdeno Chara at some point.

Washington will have a new face in net. They acquired Jaroslav Halak in exchange for fellow goaltender Michal Neuvirth. Halak is an upper-echelon netminder and figures to be in net to oppose the Bruins. He’ll likely be relied upon heavily down the stretch, as the Caps will have to scratch and claw their way through the loaded Metroploitan Division in order to qualify for post-season play.

The Caps also traded for Dustin Penner. Penner will bring added grit and physicality. He makes his way to Washington via Anaheim.

Boston’s top line has been dominant of late. David Krejci has three goals and four assists in his last five games, as does Jarome Iginla. Milan Lucic has three goals and three assists.

Claude Julien‘s team will need to be much more disciplined this time around. The Bruins took several penalties and turned the puck over on numerous occasions last time out against Washington. The Caps power play made them pay.

Julien also said Loui Eriksson will be in the lineup despite missing practice with an undisclosed injury the past two days. Adam McQuaid on the other hand is no where close to returning. Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday that McQuiad would be out an additional 2-3 weeks in order to continue his rehab.

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