Washington Capitals (8-4-0) v. Boston Bruins (7-2-0)
7:00 PM EST – Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
TV/Radio: CSN-DC; Caps Radio 1500
October 19: Boston (3) – Washington (1)
October 21: Boston (4) – Washington (1)
Last game: The Capitals played what can be classified as a normal game so far this season in a 5-4 shootout victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday. The Caps once again trailed after the first period, 1-0, before scoring three unanswered goals in the second to take a 3-1 lead. The Leafs then gave the Caps a taste of their own medicine by scoring three unanswered goals of their own in 3:03 to take a 4-3 lead. Alex Semin tied the game on a late power play and along with Alex Ovechkin, scored the shootout goals that lifted Washington to their fourth overtime victory this season.
Possible lineup for Washington:
Possible lineup for Boston:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Jordan Caron-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Blake Wheeler-Tyler Seguin-Michael Ryder
Brad Marchand-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Andrew Ference
Matt Hunwick-Dennis Seidenberg
Mark Stuart-Adam McQuaid
Outlook: The Capitals will seek revenge against the team that swept them in a home-and-home series two weeks ago by a combined score of 7-2. Washington is 4-1-0 since those back-to-back games and has outscored their opponents 20-11 in those five games. The injury bug is still biting the Caps, but Tyler Sloan should return to the lineup Friday, replacing Brian Fahey, who has been demoted to AHL Hershey. Tom Poti, however, will be out all weekend and Marcus Johansson’s status is unknown at this time.
Meanwhile, the Bruins have not lost any steam since their last meeting with the Caps. Tim Thomas has been sensational, giving up only two goals in his last three starts, including two straight shutouts. The Bruins are giving up only 1.14 GA/G and have a 91.7% success rate on the penalty kills. both tops in the NHL. To make matters worse (for other teams, that is), the Bruins are scoring 3.2 G/G, good for fourth in the league.