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Preview: Bruins head to DC to play a team that has never given them any trouble

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Sunday afternoon hockey!

Boston Bruins v Washington Capitals Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

Just the facts

When: Today, 12:30 PM

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

How to follow: NBC, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: Japers Rink

Know your enemy

  • 28-17-6, 62 points, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division
  • Alex Ovechkin: 37G-20A-57PTS; Nicklas Backstrom: 13G-39A-52PTS; John Carlson: 8G-40A-48PTS
  • Braden Holtby: 18-12-3, 3.10 GAA, .905 save percentage

Game notes

  • Super Sunday hockey! Can’t beat that, right? The Bruins are heading into their own personal house of horrors for a nice matinee game. What could go wrong? The B’s have lost 14 games in a row to the Capitals, with their last win coming March 29, 2014. That’s...not ideal.
  • The Bruins actually played the Caps pretty well a few weeks back at the Garden. It was a tight game, but the Bruins were ultimately doomed by a Jaroslav Halak softie. Of course, you all remember what happened last time the Bruins played the Caps in D.C.
  • Funny thing about that game at the Garden: prior to Friday night, that was the last time the Caps won a game. They ended a seven-game skid with a 4-3 win over Calgary a couple days ago.
  • It’s funny how routine Alex Ovechkin’s numbers have become. He has 37 goals in 51 games for the Caps, and has the league lead in goals by six. Ho hum, another elite season for (in my opinion) the best player of his generation.
  • Speaking of eye-popping numbers, John Carlson’s 40 assist mark is pretty crazy for a defenseman.
  • You all know the story with the Bruins by now: two disappointing results in a row coming out of the break, a struggling offense, the coach calling out his captain...everything is fine!
  • Expect some lineup shuffling today, as it’s hard to see Bruce Cassidy standing pat after that debacle Thursday.
  • Tuukka Rask will start for the B’s.
  • If you’re a Patriots fan, this game isn’t a bad lead-in to the big game. This one should end around 3:15 or so, giving you a few hours to cook those appetizers and get to your viewing spot.
  • If you’re not a Patriots fan, I’m sorry.