The Bruins, coming off dropping a 5-3 decision to the resurgent Dallas Stars, head back on the road tonight to start a three games in four days stretch. With Washington, Montreal (11-2-1), and the New York Islanders (7-3-3) on the docket, the B's won't lacking in stiff competition.
Continuing to pile up points on the road would be nice, and the Bruins can make it through this trip alive, they've got a five-game homestand coming up that runs into late November. Better still, there's at least one day off in-between games! Thank you making a little bit of sense, NHL schedule makers!
How To Watch:
- To the surprise of no one, the Washington Capitals top scorer is Alex Ovechkin, who has six goals and seven assists in the Caps' eleven games. Tied with him on points and one up on assists is one of the up-and-comers, Evgeny Kuznetsov, who broke out pretty impressively in last year's playoffs. Ovechkin's old partner in crime, Nicklas Backstrom, sits at eight points after missing a couple games due to off-season surgery.
- John Carlson is third on the team in points, and mans the PP1QB position now in place of the departed Mike Green (he's a Red Wing, not dead, but anyway...), and off-season acquisitions T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams have chipped in 8 and 9 points, respectively.
- Braden Holtby, fresh off signing a big (deserved) extension, is coming up a bad performance against the New York Rangers on Tuesday. The Bruins last scored on Holtby during the war of 1812. As for as Boston's netminding goes, one would think it'll be Tuukka Rask, what with the back-to-back against the Habs and Isles on Sat-Sun.
- Joining Alex Khoklachev on the "back on the ice for the big club" club is, most likely, Maxime Talbot. Obviously, we all wish Chris Kelly a speedy recovery, and but welcome back, Max!
- The Capitals are 4-2-0 at Verizon Center thus far. You might have heard that the Bruins are still undefeated on the road.
- Speaking of which, the combined record of the opposition on this trip to date is 26-8-4. The opponents on the following five game homestand? They're 25-28-6, with the 7-2-2 Minnesota Wild dragging the record into non awfulness.
- I don't care for Brooks Orpik and he is not all that good at hockey. Take that.
- This is one of the few times in recent memory where the Power Play numbers for Bruins-Caps favors the Boston squad, as the Bruins are now converting at a ridiculous 34.2% clip. The Caps, who seem to always have the man-advantage clicking, are converting a very-good-but-more-human 22.6% of their chances. PK% is night and day as well, though that doesn't favor the good guys, as it's 88-70% in favor of the Caps. Special teams just might matter in this one.
- Lines will be up momentarily, by which I mean "when we hear about morning skates!" Look for 'em soon!
— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) September 29, 2013