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Preview: Bruins Welcome the Defending Champions to Town

This should be a good one

NHL: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Just the Facts

When: 7 PM

Where: TD Garden

How to Watch: NESN, 98.5 the Sports Hub, ESPN+

Rival SBN site: Japer’s rink

Know Your Enemy

  • 26-12-4, first in the Metropolitan division
  • Leading Scorer: Alex Ovechkin (30-17-47 in 42 GP)
  • Top Goaltender: Braden Holtby (16-10-2, 2.89 GAA, .910% SV)

Game Notes

  • The Bruins enter the contest riding their longest winning streak of the 2018-19 season, currently at five games
  • Jaroslav Halak will start between the pipes, per Bruce Cassidy. It will be his first time facing the Capitals in a Bruins uniform.
  • Despite fully returning to practice, Charlie McAvoy will not be in the lineup tonight.
  • Tonight’s contest will be the only time that the Capitals will play in Boston this season.
  • The Capitals enter the contest winners of their past two games.
  • The Capitals are especially dangerous in the second period, where they own a +20 goal differential.