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PREVIEW: Bruins head to DC; face off against the nation’s Capitals

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Could they play at the Capitol? Nah, that’s crapital. Capital One Arena just doesn’t have much ring to it.

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

Just the facts

When: 7:30 PM

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

How to follow: NBCSN, TVAS, and 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: Japer’s Rink

Know your enemy

  • Leading the East and NHL with a 22-5-5 record and 49 pts (Bruins are 2nd in both, with 46)
  • Goals: Alex Ovechkin, 21
  • Assists: John Carlson, 32
  • Points: Carlson, 43
  • Goalie: They’re rolling a decent tandem right now. Braden Holtby’s GAA is a little high at 2.84 and is 15-3-4 - and 15 wins is a tie for the most so far this season. Ilya Samsonov is 7-2-1 with a 2.42 GAA, and the team plays will in front of both goalies.

Game notes

  • Boston needs to rebound from their current skid, which amounts to a resounding three-game losing streak. They managed to salvage a point against Chicago, again by late-game recovery, only to sustain regulation losses to Colorado (forgivable) and Ottawa (abhorrent).
  • In an effort to lighten the mood, looks like Bruce Cassidy ordered his team to... wrassle?! Here’s hoping it serves as a fun reset for his roster.
  • Washington, meanwhile, has been humming along, winning six in a row before losing to Columbus most recently. They’re moving well, rolling goalies, and are the team with the target on their back.

This will be a solid challenge, so let’s hope for a more complete (and maybe relaxed?) effort from the Bruins to end this losing streak!