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    Game Day Preview: Capitals at Bruins

    Chris Chirichiello March 5, 2016

    The Boston Bruins began their tough stretch Thursday night against the Chicago Blackhawks and had no problem taking care of business on home ice. The Black and Gold notched a 4-2 victory dictating the play most of the night against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

    Boston will have little time to celebrate as the best team in hockey comes to town Saturday night — the Washington Capitals. The B’s are winless in two matchups against the Caps this season.

    As Boston lucked out facing Chicago on the second night of a back-to-back, the Capitals will be in the same situation. So, Boston could take advantage of having an extra day of rest for a second straight game against superior competition. Washington dropped Friday night’s game to the New York Rangers, 3-2.

    Gametime: 7:00 p.m.
    TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins 36-23-6 (78 points), Capitals 47-13-4 (98 points)
    Location: TD Garden

    Bruins projected lines

    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Lee Stempniak
    Matt Beleskey-David Krejci-David Pastrnak
    Loui Eriksson-Ryan Spooner-Jimmy Hayes
    Landon Ferraro-Noel Acciari-Brett Connolly

    Zdeno Chara-Kevan Miller
    Torey Krug-Dennis Seidenberg
    John-Michael Liles-Adam McQuaid

    Tuukka Rask
    Jonas Gustavsson

    Capitals projected lines

    Alex Ovechkin-Nicklas Backstrom-T.J. Oshie
    Andre Burakovsky-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Justin Williams
    Jason Chimera-Marcus Johansson-Tom Wilson
    Jay Beagle-Mike Richards-Stanislav Galiev

    Karl Alzner-Matt Niskanen
    Brooks Orpik-Dmitri Orlov
    Nate Schmidt-Mike Weber

    Philipp Grubauer
    Braden Holtby

    Matchup to watch: Zdeno Chara against Caps top line

    Capitals at Bruins

    Another Chara-Ovechkin duel highlights the third Bruins-Capitals matchup of the season (photos by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

    Capitals at Bruins

    Chara passed the first test Thursday night holding Patrick Kane and company at bay, but it will not get any easier as he has a date with Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie. The Capitals top trio have combined for 159 points this season highlighted by Ovechkin’s league-leading 41 goals.

    The 38-year-old defenseman is coming off another game where he played over 23 minutes against speedy and skilled pure goal scorers. It will be no different Saturday night when Ovechkin and crew take the ice against the six-foot-nine blue liner.

    In 15 games on Saturday’s, “Ovi” has eight goals and seven assists including three power-play goals. The plan is to contain the 31-year-old Russian because he is very tough to stop.

    Storyline to watch: Can the Bruins win back-to-back games against superior teams?

    Capitals at Bruins

    Torey Krug and company look to snap a five-game losing streak against the Caps. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

    Thursday night at TD Garden was something to marvel at. The Black and Gold played a nearly flawless game against the Blackhawks. Patrice Bergeron scored 1:18 in, Jonathan Toews later tied it for Chicago, but Brad Marchand put the B’s ahead 2-1 where they never looked back en route to the victory.

    Winning two games in a row is tough in itself in the NHL, but beating the Blackhawks and then the Capitals in back-to-back games seems almost impossible. Well, the B’s have a chance to do that if they can knock off the best team in hockey Saturday night.

    If Boston finds the lead, they cannot let their opponent hang around. They must do what they did a few weeks ago in Dallas, bury them. It’s easier said than done especially against a team like the Capitals, but the B’s need another statement win to be considered a serious threat in the Eastern Conference.

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