GameDay Preview: Capitals at Bruins
The Bruins return home to TD Garden Saturday night for game three of the season after dropping their first road game of the year, 2-1, in Detroit on Thursday night. Last season, Boston picked up victories against Washington in two-out-of-three games but split the series 1-1 at home.Center David Krejci remains out of the lineup, but the first-line playmaker skated for the first time since suffering an undisclosed injury on October 4th against Detroit and will be eligible to come off the injured reserve list after today’s game. Gregory Campbell also took to the ice this morning but remains out indefinitely with an injury relating to his core.
Here is your Bruins Daily gameday preview.
Network: NESN | 98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins 1-1-0, 2 points | Capitals 0-0-1, 1 point
Location: TD Garden (Boston, MA)
Bruins’ projected lines:
Marchand | Bergeron | Smith
Kelly | Soderberg | Eriksson
Lucic | Spooner | Fraser
Paiile | Cunningham | Robins
Chara | Hamilton
Seidenberg | McQuaid
Krug | Miller
Capitals’ projected lines:
Ovechkin | Backstrom | Fehr
Chimera | Laich | Ward
Johansson | Burakovsky | Brouwer
O’Brien | Kuznetsov | Latta
Orpik | Carlson
Alzner | Niskanen
Schmidt | Green
Who to watch for Bruins: Tuukka Rask
Rask, coming off a first career Vezina Trophy in 2013-2014, will look to build some momentum against a Capitals team that he’s struggled with throughout his career. Heading into tonight, Rask is a career 1-3-3 against Washington, including a dismal 2.99 goals-against-average and .891 save percentage.
Last season, the Finnish netminder made two starts at home against the Capitals, going 1-1 with a 2.03 GAA and .915 SV% highlighted by a 16-save 3-0 shutout victory on March 6th.
Who to watch for Capitals: Braden Holtby
It may be cliche to highlight both goaltenders as the key players to watch for, but Holtby’s posted great numbers against one of the NHL’s elite organizations thus far in his young career. Entering tonight’s battle in Boston, the 25-year-old Holtby is a career 4-2 during the regular season with a 2.49 GAA and a stout .931 SV%.
GameDay Edge: Consistent effort for 60-minutes
The last time we saw the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, Claude Julien’s group managed five shots-on-goal in the first period, four in the second period for a whopping grand total of 17 SOG, resulting in a 2-1 loss in Detroit. Tonight, it’s important for the Bruins to maintain a consistent effort in all three phases of the game for the entire 60-minutes of the game. Under new head coach Barry Trotz, Washington will be looking to secure their first victory of the season while getting acclimated to Trotz’ defensive “gang-style” system. In the opener against the Flyers, Boston dominated the Flyers in the first and third period, firing 27 shots-on-goal over the two periods en rout to a 2-1 opening night victory. Boston will surely look to improve in the faceoff circle tonight, only winning 25/56 draws against Detroit after winning 36/61 against Philadelphia.