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Preview: Capitals (28-7-3) at Bruins (20-13-4)

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The best team in the league in terms of points per game take on a highly depleted Bruins squad

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Just the Facts

When: 7 pm

Where: TD Garden

Watch: NESN, TVA, CSN MA

Listen: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NHL Radio

Rival SB Nation Site: Japers' Rink

After getting embarrassed by their archival Montreal Canadiens, the Bruins have had a few days to regroup before hosting the leaders of the Eastern Conference, the Washington Capitals.

Game Notes

-Washington is certainly a force to be reckoned with, and it all starts with their starting goaltender. Braden Holtby is a jaw dropping 24-4-2 with a sparkling 1.92 goals against average and .932 save percentage. Not too bad, eh?

-The Bruins will be without David Krejci (upper body), Brad Marchand (suspension), and David Pastrnak (finger/AHL/general mismanagement), so the offense will be missing some significant pieces.

-The Capitals are 8-1-1 in their last ten, but have lost their two (one in regulation, one in overtime), while the Bruins are a modest 5-4-1.