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Preview: Bruins close out homestand against the Capitals

The Bruins face the Capitals for the seventh time this season.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Just the Facts

When: Today, 12:00 PM

Where: TD Garden – Boston, MA

How to follow: NBC, TVAS, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: Japers’ Rink

Know Your Enemy

  • 29-12-4 for 62 points, first in East
  • Nicklas Backstrom: 45GP, 14G, 31A, 45PTS; Alex Ovechkin: 41GP, 24G, 18A, 42PTS; John Carlson: 45GP, 10G, 32A, 42PTS
  • Vitek Vanecek: 17-8-3, 2.69 GAA, .911 save percentage

Game Notes

  • The Boston Bruins opened their five-game homestand last Sunday with a game against the Washington Capitals they would rather forget. Craig Smith scored the lone goal in the 8-1 routing by the Caps. T.J. Oshie, Lars Eller and Conor Sheary each had two goals while Nic Dowd and Tom Wilson added the others. But really, was it the B’s plan all along to get blown out of the water??
  • Since the Bruins were pummeled by the Caps, they’ve acquired Taylor Hall, Curtis Lazar and Mike Reilly and are 3-0. They’ve combined for three goals and two assists and 25 shots on net.
  • Reilly has averaged the second most time on ice after Charlie McAvoy for those three nights. And Hall already matched his previous goals with the Buffalo Sabres this season in two nights with the Bs, as he netted a goal each game in the back-to-back against the New York Islanders. That blow out loss doesn’t look so terrible anymore considering that it may have pulled the trigger to solidify any of these now beneficial trades.
  • Last weekend, the Bruins had the disadvantage of facing the Caps on the backend of two straight games. Now, it’s the Bs who will be rested. The Bruins had yesterday off while this will be the second game in a row for the Capitals. Washington beat the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday 6-3. Alex Ovechkin scored two power-play goals. Dmitry Orlov, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Conor Sheary and Anthoy Manth added the other four tallies.
  • The Bruins are 3-1-2 against the Caps with one game remaining after this afternoon. At home, the Bs are 1-1-1 facing them. In those three games, the Capitals have outscored the Bruins, 11-7, while also outshooting the Bs, 93-79.
  • While Friday’s game ended Craig Smith’s point streak, David Pastrnak started his own little streak. It had been seven games since Pastrnak last scored so Mike Reilly’s dish out front to him must have felt like a weight was removed. In the last two games, Pastrnak has one goal and two assists. He’s now three goals shy of 200 career tallies.
  • Tuukka Rask will be back in net this afternoon. Rask is 0-0-2 in starts against the Caps this season, allowing five goals. Nicklas Backstrom has the most points against him with one goal and two assists.
  • Shocker: Matt Grzelcyk, Kevan Miller and Brandon Carlo are not expected to play, Bruce Cassidy said.

See ya this afternoon!