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
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
– 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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