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  • Game Day Preview: Bruins at Capitals


    Game Day Preview: Bruins at Capitals

    Anthony Travalgia December 7, 2016

    The Bruins head to the nation’s capital Wednesday night to take on Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby and the rest of the Washington Capitals on NBCSN’S “Wednesday night Rivalry.”

    The Bruins are coming off of an overtime win against the Florida Panthers 4-3. The B’s were led by a returning Zdeno Chara and a pair of goals from David Pastrnak, including his game-winner in the 3-on-3 extra session.

    The Capitals were victorious on Monday as well as they ended a season-high three-game losing streak with a 3-2 overtime win against the Buffalo Sabres. The Caps will get some help tonight as T.J. Oshie returns to the lineup after missing the last seven games with a shoulder injury.

    With a win and a Senators regulation loss to the Sharks in San Jose, the Bruins will jump to second place in the Atlantic Division.

    Gametime: 8:00 p.m.
    TV/Radio: NBCSN/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins 15-10-1 (31 points), Capitals 14-7-3 (31 points)
    Location: Verizon Center

    Bruins projected lines

    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
    Tim Schaller-David Krejci-David Backes
    Ryan Spooner-Riley Nash-Austin Czarnik
    Anton Blidh-Dominic Moore-Jimmy Hayes

    Zdeno Chara-Brandon Carlo
    Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
    Kevan Miller-Colin Miller

    Tuukka Rask
    Anton Khudobin

    Capitals projected lines

    Alex Ovechkin-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Justin Williams
    Marcus Johansson-Nicklas Backstrom-T.J. Oshie
    Andre Burakovsky-Lars Eller-Jakub Vrana
    Daniel Winnik-Jay Beagle-Tom Wilson

    Dimitri Orlov-Matt Niskanen
    Karl Alzner-John Carlson
    Brooks Orpik-Nate Schmidt

    Braden Holtby
    Philipp Grubauer

    Tonight’s storylines

    – The Bruins are never happy to see Holtby in the opposing net. The Capitals’ netminder has been a thorn in the Bruins side throughout his career. Holtby owns a 9-2 record against Boston with a 1.57 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage. He has shut the Bruins out three times – all coming in the 2014-15 season. The 27-year-old has won each of his last five starts against the Black and Gold while allowing just three goals in that span.

    – It’s no secret the Bruins offensive charge has been led by Pastrnak, who sits in a tie for second in the league in goals with Wayne Simmonds at 15 – two behind co-leaders Sidney Crosby and Patrik Laine. The 20-year-old forward has five points in as many games and carries a three-game point streak into Washington tonight. Pastrnak has gelled nicely with linemates Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron and the trio will be called upon heavily against the Capitals Wednesday night.

    – The penalty kill could be the key for the Bruins Wednesday night. The Bruins rank third in the NHL in penalty kill percentage at 86.4 percent while the Capitals are converting on just 15.2 percent of their man advantages. The Bruins could do themselves wonders if those numbers only get better after tonight’s contest.

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