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Game 2 Preview: Bruins don’t have much room for adjustment and need to maximize immediate opportunity

There’s little room for improvement now. The B’s need to be better, and fast.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals kGeoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Just the facts

When: Tonight, 7:30 PM

Where: Capital One Arena - Washington, DC

How to follow: NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, SN, NBCSWA, NESN; 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: Japers Rink

Know your enemy

  • Playoff series stats thus far, through one game: Tom Wilson went 1-1—2, T.J. Oshie had two assists, and Ovechkin, Sprong, Mantha, each had an apple. Nic Dowd tipped home Oshie’s rifle from the point to seal the OT win for Washington in Game 1.
  • Regular season stats: Brad Marchand, with 69 points, is a god on steel; Nicklas Backstrom led Washington in this condensed season with 53 points.
  • Vitek Vanecek left Saturday’s game with an apparent groin Injury, but who’s to know for sure if he’s going to be able to pay another game soon. Craig Anderson played much of the game and may very well be called into duty again tonight.

Game notes

  • One game down, and one loss closer to the season-ender. Boston had a strong chance in the first match but there was much left to be desired, as the Bruins only capitalized on one of four power-play opportunities.
  • A difficult aspect of the first game was the neutral zone - not to say that it was stifling in either direction, but quite the opposite. Fast movement between the blue lines gave what looked to be skating momentum to both teams, only to see rare shots materialize.
  • Though not srange for this year, it’s a little odd to see all the “viable” options for skaters on the bench. Connor Clifton, Steve Kampfer, Trent Frederic are all vibrant options for the lineup and thankfully they’re easy to swap in. We’ll see if there ends up being any rotation as this series progresses.