Just the Facts:
THE TIME: 8pm
THE PLACE: Verizon Center, Washinton, DC
THE NETWORK: NBCSN, TVAS
THE RADIO STATION: 98.5 The Sports Hub
THE OPPOSING SB NATION BLOG: Japers’ Rink
THE STAKES: Aside from Montreal and Ottawa, the rest of the Atlantic Divison all sits within 6 points of the Bruins. The Sens are only ahead of the B’s by 1 point. Every win makes a difference here.
- David Pastrnak can't stop and won’t stop (please don’t stop) scoring. Now with 15 goals in the season after his two goal output against the Panthers, he’s sitting pretty with elite talent in the goal scoring leaders, along with Sidney Crosby and rookie phenom Patrick Laine.
- This is just as must-win a game for the Capitals as it is for the Bruins. Both with 31 points, it’s only good enough for the second wildcard spot in Washington. Expect a hungry team eager for a little bit of standings security.
- The Caps may get a big boost back in their lineup, as TJ Oshie could be making his return after missing seven games with an upper body injury.
- This will be the first game the B’s will face former Bruin Brett Connolly. While his time in Boston didn't work out, he already has two goals and an assist for the Caps.
- Special teams could be the difference tonight. While both have weak power plays this season, ranked in the 20s in the league, Boston’s PK is ranked 3rd. Washington's is ranked 15th.
There are some beautiful moments to remember in Bruins-Caps history, but I think that Chris Kelly’s OT goal in the 2012 playoffs is a nice treat.