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Preview: Bruins open five-game homestand with depleted blue line against the Capitals

The Bruins close out their second back-to-back this week as they host the Capitals.

NHL: MAR 05 Capitals at Bruins Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Just the Facts

When: Tonight, 7:00 PM

Where: TD Garden – Boston, MA

How to follow: ESPN+, NESN, SN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: Japers’ Rink

Know Your Enemy

  • 26-11-4 for 56 points, tied for 1st in East
  • Nicklas Backstrom: 41GP, 13G, 27A, 40PTS; Alex Ovechkin: 37GP, 21G, 15A, 36PTS; John Carlson: 41GP, 10G, 25A, 35PTS
  • Vitek Vanecek: 16-7-3, 2.66 GAA, .911 save percentage; Ilya Samsonov: 9-3-1, 2.97 GAA, .894 save percentage

Game Notes

  • The Boston Bruins are back at it tonight for their sixth game against the Washington Capitals. The Bruins are 3-0-2 against the Caps, after racking up another win against them on Thursday night. The Bruins led 2-0 after the first period with tallies from Jeremy Lauzon and Anton Blidh. Brad Marchand netted a shorthanded goal to put the Bs up 3-0 in the second period, but a 5-on-3 advantage for the Capitals lead them to get two goals in 19 seconds to close in on their deficit. Craig Smith added a power-play goal in the third period for the final score of 4-2 in the Bruins’ victory.
  • The Bruins open a five-game homestand tonight, their second longest stretch at home this season. This game was originally supposed to be played in DC, but with all the scheduling changes due to COVID postponements, it got shifted to Boston.
  • Patrice Bergeron is on a seven-game point streak. He’s registered six goals and three assists since March 30, including two power-play goals and one shorthander. Smith is on a three-game point streak with one goal and four assists.
  • It could be very rough tonight for the Bruins’ blue line against a rested Caps offense. The Bruins dropped yesterday’s game to the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, and suffered possibly another defensive loss. Matt Grzelcyk left the game after the first period yesterday with an upper-body injury and is day-to-day. Bruce Cassidy said they will see how where he stands for today. The Bruins also said Kevan Miller will not be in the lineup to help maintain his body – his bad knee - in the back-to-back set and Charlie McAvoy will also not be available. And Brandon Carlo is still week-to-week.
  • So it’s just a REALLY unfortunate situation as the defense continues to be depleted and riddled by injuries in this crazy condensed season. Cassidy said Jarred Tinordi and Jack Ahcan are options to sub in for tonight’s game. Definitely going to need the forwards to step up and offer support.
  • Dan Vladar will likely get the start in net. Tuukka Rask skated on Friday with the team and Cassidy said he’ll only play if he’s ready. The medical staff is seeing more along the lines of Tuesday or Thursday for Rask’s return. Honestly, who knows when exactly he’ll be back except “soon” at this point.

See ya tonight!