April 27, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Capitals

By Jesse Connolly

Here's the Tale of the Tape for tonight's game between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals:

SEASON SERIES

Mar. 5 – BOS 3 @ WSH 4 (OT)
Mar. 16 – WSH 1 @ BOS 4
Apr. 27 – BOS @ WSH

NEWS AND NOTES

* Jaromir Jagr (flu) and Nathan Horton (upper body) did not make the trip down to D.C.
* With a win in Washington and a loss of any kind by Montreal, the Bruins would clinch the Northeast Division.

STANDINGS

Boston: 28-13-5, 61 points (1st in division, 2nd in conference)
Washington: 26-18-3, 55 points (1st in division, 3rd in conference)

TEAM LEADERS
BOS / WSH

GOALS: Brad Marchand (18) / Alex Ovechkin (32)
ASSISTS: Bergeron, Krejci (22) / Nick Backstrom (40)
POINTS: Brad Marchand (36) / Alex Ovechkin (54)

PLUS-MINUS: Patrice Bergeron (+25) / Eric Fehr (+14)
PIM: Zdeno Milan Lucic (70) / Matt Hendricks (73)
SHOTS: Tyler Seguin (153) / Alex Ovechkin (217)
TIME ON ICE: Zdeno Chara (24:53) / Mike Green (24:49)

WINS: Tuukka Rask (19) / Braden Holtby (22)
GAA: Tuukka Rask (1.94) / Braden Holtby (2.61)
SV%: Tuukka Rask (.931) / Braden Holtby (.919)

ON A ROLL

Boston: Tuukka Rask (0.85 GAA in last 3 GP), Tyler Seguin (6 pts in last 8 GP)
Washington: Alex Ovechkin (6 pts in last 3 GP), Mike Green (4 pts in last 3 GP)

ICE COLD

Boston: Andrew Ference (0 pts in last 4 GP), Rich Peverley (0 pts in last 7 GP)
Washington: Martin Erat (0 pts in last 3 GP), Eric Fehr (0 pts in last 4 GP)

OBSCURE STATS

Boston: The Bruins are 4-1 in their last five penultimate regular-season games.
Washington: The Capitals are 3-3-1 in their last seven regular-season finales.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* The Capitals have locked up the third seed and the Southeast Division crown and will conclude their regular-season tonight. One has to think they’ll be taking it a little easy and resting up their stars a bit.

* The Bruins, meanwhile, are rolling out their top guns – shy of the ill and injured ones – with a chance to nail down the No. 2 seed in the conference potentially on the line. For the B’s sake, it’d be nice if they could mount a nearly-insurmountable lead early and ease up on Zdeno Chara and the rest of their key cogs before giving them a full day off tomorrow when the Sens come to town.

* If Boston locks up the division tonight, tomorrow’s a complete throwaway game. They need to build off the effort they had against Tampa on Thursday, get another strong outing from Rask and head into the postseason feeling like they’ve gotten back on track over the last few days here. The biggest concern? Boston’s been meh on the road for a long while and Rask is 0-2-2 with a 3.61 GAA against the Caps. Ruh roh?

BETWEEN THE PIPES

Boston: Tuukka Rask (19-9-4, 1.94, .931)
Washington: Braden Holtby (22-12-1, 2.61, .919)

PROJECTED LINEUP

Boston
Marchand – Bergeron – Seguin
Lucic – Krejci – Peverley
Soderberg – Kelly – Daugavins
Paille – Campbell – Thornton

Chara – Seidenberg
Ference – Boychuk
Redden – McQuaid

Rask
Khudobin

Washington
Johansson – Backstrom – Ovechkin
Erat – Ribeiro – Brouwer
Chimera – Perreault – Fehr
Volpatti – Hendricks – Beagle

Alzner – Green
Erskine – Carlson
Hillen – Olesky

Holtby
Neuvirth

Photo credit: Getty Images

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