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Preview: Bruins continue road trip, face off against Capitals tonight

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The Bruins look to build on their momentum against the East’s first-place Capitals.

Washington Capitals v Boston Bruins Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

Just the Facts

When: Tonight, 7:00 PM

Where: Capital One Arena - Washington, DC

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

Rival SBN site: Japers’ Rink

Know Your Enemy

  • 25-10-4 for 54 points, tied for 1st in East
  • Nicklas Backstrom: 39GP, 13G, 26A, 39PTS; Alex Ovechkin: 35GP, 19G, 15A, 34PTS; John Carlson: 39GP, 10G, 22A, 32PTS
  • Vitek Vanecek: 15-7-3, 2.64 GAA, .911 save percentage; Ilya Samsonov: 9-2-1, 2.87 GAA, .896 save percentage

Game Notes

  • The Bruins last faced the Capitals on March 5 for a heated 5-1 win. The Bruins took the lead in the first period with a goal from Brad Marchand. Tom Wilson delivered a dangerous blow to Brandon Carlo to end the period, which eventually resulted in a seven-game suspension for Wilson, but no penalty assessed during the game. The Bruins took matters into their own hands, with Jarred Tinordi stepping up and fighting Wilson. The Bs turned on the heat with three goals in the second period from Trent Frederic, Patrice Bergeron and another from Marchand. Nick Ritchie gave the Bs their fifth straight goal just a minute into the third period. Jakub Vrana put the Caps on the board later in the period.
  • The Bruins are 2-0-2 against the Capitals this season and are 1-0-1 on the road facing them. Head-to-head, they are 1/12 on the power play against the Caps, but are 80% effective holding off Washington’s man-advantage situations. The Bs have outscored the Capitals 14-10 in the four meetings.
  • The Capitals are coming off a 1-0 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. The Capitals are 2-3 in their last five games. They’ve lost their last two meetings against the Islanders, and edged out the New Jersey Devils twice.
  • Against Washington, the Bruins’ top line has done the most damage on the scoreboard. Marchand and David Pastrnak have registered at least one point in each game against the Capitals. Marchand has four goals and three assists against the Capitals while Pastrnak has three goals and two assists. Bergeron has tallied one goal and four assists.
  • Marchand currently has the most points out of any player in the East division with 45 points on 18 goals and 27 assists and has points in four of his last five games. In his last three games, he has two games in which he has registered four points each night. His second shorthanded tally on Tuesday also moved him into the top spot of most shorthanded goals by a Bruins player.
  • Injuries: There have been no updates on Charlie McAvoy’s status other than he is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. There will likely be news regarding McAvoy after morning skate so stay posted for the lines update.
  • Kevan Miller returned on Tuesday and slid into McAvoy’s spot, after missing the last 20 games. Miller logged 22:25 minutes, the second most of the night on the roster, and had two blocks and two hits.
  • We knew Tuukka Rask wasn’t going to play on Tuesday, but he did travel with the team for the road trip. It’s unclear if he’ll be ready to go tonight (doubt it) or Saturday, but Bruce Cassidy said there’s hope he’ll return at some point on the road trip. With Jaroslav Halak still in COVID protocols, Dan Vladar will likely start, but both rookie goaltenders have looked good in net in their five collective games. Jeremy Swayman had an impressive first NHL game against the Philadelphia Flyers with 40 saves and Vladar has been solid in his four appearances.

See ya tonight!