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The Boston Bruins will begin their '09-'10 campaign when they host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals tonight at the TD Garden (7:00, Versus, 98.5 FM The Sports Hub). The B's and Caps were the class of the Eastern Conference last year, finishing 1st and 2nd respectively in the East and will both look to start the season off on a high note. Off-season additions Derek Morris and Steve Begin are expected to make their debuts for the B's.

Know Your Enemy

Washington Capitals (50-24-8, 108 pts; 2nd in East in '08-'09)

Leading Scorer in '08-'09:Alex Ovechkin (56 G-54 A-110 Pts)

Key Additions: Mike Knuble (RW) & Brendan Morrison (C) 

Key Departures: Sergei Federov (C), Viktor Kozlov (RW), Brent Johnson (G), & Donald Brashear (LW)

 

Projected Lines:

Bruins Projected Lines & D-Pairs

 

Milan Lucic - Marc Savard - Marco Sturm
Blake Wheeler - David Krejci - Michael Ryder
Mark Recchi - Patrice Bergeron - Chuck Kobasew
Shawn Thornton - Steve Begin - Byron Bitz

Zdeno Chara - Derek Morris
Andre Ference - Dennis Wideman
Mark Stuart - Matt Hunwick or Johnny Boychuk

 

Capitals Projected Lines & D-Pairs

 

  Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Mike Knuble
Brooks Laich -  Brendan Morrison
 - Alexander Semin
Quintin Laing - David Steckel - Chris Clark
Boyd Kane - Boyd Gordon - Matt Bradley 

Mike Green - Tom Poti
 Jeff SchultzShaone Morrisonn
  Brian Pothier - Tyler Sloan or John Erskine or Milan Jurcina

 

Injury Report


Boston Bruins Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Marco Sturm groin 09/30/2009
David Krejci hip 09/30/2009

 



Washington Capitals Injuries

Doubtful

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Eric Fehr shoulder 09/30/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Tomas Fleischmann leg 09/15/2009

Projected Starting Goaltenders


Tim Thomas

#30 / Goalie / Boston Bruins

5-11

201

Apr 15, 1974


After winning the Vezina last season, Tim Thomas hopes to build off his success last year. He enters the '09-'10 season as the definitive #1 goaltender for probably the first time in his NHL career.


Semyon Varlamov

#40 / Goalie / Washington Capitals

6-2

209

Apr 27, 1988


Varlamov, who changed the spelling of his name from Simeon to Semyon during the off-season, hopes to make a name for himself after showing a lot of promise in limited time with the Caps last season. Varlamov emerged in the playoffs, appearing in 13 games with a 2.53 GAA and .918% save percentage.

Today's Obligatory Embarrassing YouTube Fan Video

 

Notes:

- David Krejci (hip) is expected to play. The Bruins send Vladimir Sobotka down to Providence, leaving them with just 12 forwards.

- The Caps cut Chris Bourque earlier this week and he was picked up on waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

- The Bruins are hosting a Fan Fest event prior to the game outside The Garden from 4:30-6:30

- Don't forget tonight's game is on Versus, which unfortunately means we won't get to see one of the best parts about NESN broadcasts: Mike Milbury and Gord Kuzak acting creepy around Kathryn Tappen.

- The public skate (open thread) will start at 6:30. For those of you that are new to the site, during every game we hold an open thread where can join in and discuss the game with other B's fans. I usually start these about 30 minutes before game time and they run through the end of the game.

- For more on the Caps, check out Japers' Rink