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Washington Capitals: 47-13-4
Boston Bruins: 36-23-6
The Washington Capitals are in Boston Saturday for the first game on a four-game road trip. Coach Trotz said he is looking forward to the road trip; however, he had this to say about Boston: ” Boston is playing very very well right now; who knows what happens. They might be a first round opponent. Still a lot of hockey to be played…they’re gonna come out ready to go tomorrow night”
Playing against the NY Rangers on Friday, the Caps found themselves down a goal from which they could never recover. Many of their recent games have come down to the wire. The Bruins sit in third place in the Atlantic Division and just two points behind the Florida Panthers. For them, every point is needed to keep them in the run for the playoffs.
The Caps Forward Momentum
The Washington Capitals keep moving forward, even with the recent loss. They still lead the league in power plays (24.1 percent) and goals per game (2.65 average). The Caps did not hold morning skate today but this is what we can expect.
- Fourth Line Power: the newly configured fourth line with Beagle, Richards, and Winnik, to quote the Coach, is “outstanding.” Look for them to bring more scoring chances to the game.
- The Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom are among the league’s best assist masters, setting up goals.
- Nate Schmidt could be back in the line-up tonight. He participated in practice and pre-skate on Friday but did not play. He would pair up with Taylor Chorney. Final decision likely after warmups.
- Philipp Grubauer is expected in the net tonight playing against the Bruins for the first time in his career, according to Mike Vogel. He has a 1.68 GAA and a /943 save percentage.
Boston Looking For Two
Boston narrowly defeated the Calgary Flames on March 1st when Patrice Bergeron scored the tie-breaking power-play goal with minutes to spare. Players today talked about coming our strong and hoping to create offense and find success scoring.
- Patrice Bergeron notched his 24th goal against the Flames, the third goal in his last five games. He also has three assists during that time making him one of the key players for the Caps to tie up.
- Ryan Spooner has recorded nearly a point every game for the last five, missing a point only against Tampa Bay. He has 32 assists this season and is one for creating scoring changes.
- Goalie Tukka Rask is always fun to watch, expect when he is playing against the Capitals. He has 26 wins in 50 games and a GAA of 2.52.
Daniel Winnik is two points away from 200 NHL points.
The players will be off on Sunday as they travel to southern California and settle in before playing the Ducks on Monday.