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The Eastern Conference-leading Washington Capitals are in town to take on the struggling Bruins tonight at the TD Garden.The Bruins will try to avoid becoming a line in the 2010-'11 Boston Bruins team media guide as they attempt to avoid the franchise's longest losing streak since the 1955-'56 season when the B's lost 8 straight. The Bruins will be without the services of defenseman Mark Stuart, who had surgery to repair a broken right pinky finger as a result of a fight with Wayne Simmonds of the LA Kings on Saturday. While the Bruins are winless in their last 7 games (0-5-2), the Caps are riding a league-best 10-game winning streak and will be gunning for a franchise record 11th straight win. The Capitals will also be without a key defenseman as Mike Green is serving a 3-game suspension for his elbow on Michael Frolik of the Florida Panthers.

Know Your Enemy

Washington Capitals (37-12-6)

Head Coach: Bruce Boudreau

SB Nation's Capitals Blog: Japers' Rink

Leading Scorer:


Alex Ovechkin

#8 / Left Wing / Washington Capitals

6-2

233

Sep 17, 1985



G A P +/- PIM
2009 - Alex Ovechkin 35 41 76 35 60

Goaltending:


Jose Theodore

#60 / Goalie / Washington Capitals

5-11

185

Sep 13, 1976



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Jose Theodore 30 1615 17 7 76 2.82 817 741 .907 0


Braden Holtby

#70 / Goalie / Washington Capitals

6-1

209

Sep 16, 1989


Injury Report


Boston Bruins Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Andrew Ference groin 01/06/2010
Mark Stuart finger 02/01/2010


Washington Capitals Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Simeon Varlamov knee 12/24/2009
Mike Green suspended 01/30/2010

Notes:

- The Capitals called up goalie Braden Holtby from the Hershey Bears on Sunday.

- Simeon Varlamov is still out with a knee injury and 20 year old call-up Braden Holtby has not appeared in an NHL game, so look for Jose Theodore to start in goal for the Caps.

- The Caps have the most potent power play in the league (26.3%).

- The Bruins have scored 8 goals in their last 6 games.

- The B's opponents have taken points away from their last 11 games (1-8-2).

- The Bruins are the lowest scoring team in the NHL (2.34 goal per game), while the Capitals are the highest scoring team (3.82 goals per game).

- Bruins are due for a win and the Capitals are due for a loss. Hopefully, it turns out that way, but I won't be wagering the savings account on this one.

- The game starts at 7:00 and can be seen on NESN. The open thread starts right here at 6:30.

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