The Washington Capitals travel to Boston, Massachusetts to play the Boston Bruins after a towering 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Hopefuls, like Madison Bowey and Jakub Vrana are playing at level everyone has imagined and are producing points. Momentum and confidence are in the boys’ favor, but the Bruins will aim to shut them down.
David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand are all imminent threats to the Caps’ defense. Pastrnak knows how to shoot the puck and can put up dirty goals, as well as make plays happen. Last season, he accumulated 70 points in 75 games (34 goals, 36 assists). That earned him a new contract with Boston and has taken the role as a top six forward. Bergeron has always been a presence for the Bruins. He has established an elite, two-way forward reputation throughout the league for years. He has won the Selke Trophy four times (2012, 2014, 2015, 2017) and helped Boston bring home the Stanley Cup in 2011.
There is no doubt in my mind that once Bruins’ captain Zdeno Chara leaves the team or retires, Bergeron will become the new captain and wear the ‘C’. Personally, he’s always been one of my idols growing up as a young center. Marchand is infamous for stirring up trouble against his team’s opponents. Though he has a pestering style of play about him, he can sure put up points in the meanwhile. He has 23 point in 19 games so far this season, so the Caps defense needs to make sure they play strong and shut his game down.
For tomorrow, the Caps need to focus on getting good scoring chances, playing solid defensively, and getting traffic in front of Boston’s netminder Tukka Rask. Rask is known to get a hot head when scored on during games, so a few early goals will surely affect his game. Whether Boston starts him or their backup goaltender Anton Khudobin, the Capitals just need to keep shooting and winning those battles.
The Caps play the Bruins tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. eastern time and I will be covering the game via Twitter. Follow me @Jurky88 and @incoldplacesdc for important updates and play-by-plays, go Caps go!