March 6, 2014

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Capitals

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

39-17-5 (83 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
3.13(5th) 2.21 (2nd) 20.8% (8th) 82.5% (13th)
 
29-24-10 (68 pts) 5th in Metro
10th in East
2.86 (9th) 2.94 (24th) 23.0% (2nd) 80.5% (22nd)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Brad Marchand (20) David Krejci (39) David Krejci (55) Johnny Boychuk (+29)
Lucic, McQuaid (69) Tuukka Rask (26) Tuukka Rask (2.18) Tuukka Rask (.927)
      
Alex Ovechkin (44) Nicklas Backstrom (50) Alex Ovechkin (67)
Steve Olesky (+7) Tom Wilson (133) Jaroslav Halak (24) Jaroslav Halak (2.23) Philipp Grubauer (.925)


SEASON SERIES

Mar. 1, 2014: Washington 4 @ Boston 2

Mar. 6, 2014: Washington @ Boston

Mar. 29, 2014: Boston @ Washington

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

Lucic - Krejci - Iginla
Marchand - Bergeron - Smith
Kelly - Soderberg - Eriksson
Paille - Campbell - Thornton

Chara - Hamilton
Bartkowski - Boychuk
Krug - Miller 

Tuukka Rask

Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL)
Adam McQuaid (quad)


Brown - Backstrom - Ovechkin
Penner - Johansson - Brouwer
Chimera - Fehr - Ward
Stoa - Beagle - Wilson

Alzner - Carlson
Hillen - Green
Schilling - Carrick 


Braden Holtby

John Erskine (upper body)
Mikhail Grabovski (ankle)
Brooks Laich (groin)
Dmitry Orlov (suspension)
Aaron Volpatti (upper body)


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins made two moves on Wednesday before the trade deadline, claiming Corey Potter off waivers from Edmonton and acquiring Andrej Meszaros from Philly for a draft pick. Neither will be in the lineup tonight.

* Washington brought in Jaroslav Halak (who Buffalo flipped after acquiring him in the Ryan Miller deal) and Dustin Penner (from Anaheim). Halak won't get the start, but Penner is on the second line and top power-play unit.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


David Krejci (5 pts last 2 GP)

Jarome Iginla (12 pts last 8 GP)

Brad Marchand (0 pts last 3 GP)

 

* The B's are a victory short of Claude Julien's fifth 40-win season with the club. Not counting the lockout-shortened 2013 season, the only time he didn't hit that mark was 2009-10 (39 wins).

 

Mike Green (5 pts last 2 GP)

Alex Ovechkin (7 pts last 4 GP)

Braden Holtby (5.68 GAA last 2 GP)

Jason Chimera (2 pts last 7 GP)

* The Caps called up defenseman Cameron Schilling from Hershey today. Schilling was teammates with Reilly Smith for three seasons in college at Miami (Ohio).


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* It's been five whole days since these teams last met, but the visitors will look a little different than they did on Saturday. In addition to the trade moves mentioned earlier, defenseman John Erskine and forward Brooks Laich are both out due to injury, prompting Washington to put recently-acquired forward Chris Brown, who was brought in via a deal with Phoenix, on the top line with Nick Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin. Talk about a pressure-packed debut for the 23-year-old winger.

* Boston needs to do a better job of smothering Ovechkin when the Caps are on the power play, as he scored twice on the man advantage Saturday at TD Garden. Heck, the B's best course of action is to stay out of the box altogether. They gave Washington six power plays.

* Braden Holtby's been pretty brutal since the Olympic break concluded. He's allowed four-plus goals in three of his four starts, the most recent of which saw him pulled 32 minutes into an eventual loss against the Flyers last night. Yet, here he is again between the pipes, taking on the only team during the aforementioned four-game stretch that didn't light him up, as Boston tallied twice on 38 shots in their last matchup. 

* Loui Eriksson re-enters the lineup after dealing with a heel infection that was originally suffered in a cold tub during the Olympics in Sochi. You really can't make that up. Given Eriksson's luck this season, it's amazing he didn't also dislocate his hip falling out of those teeny-tiny hotel beds or have one of his fingers bitten off by the countless stray dogs roaming around town over there. Look for him to hopefully avoid a piano falling from the rafters during his first shift tonight.

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com