Pre-game Notes Round 1: Capitals vs. Bruins – Game One 4/12/12

Ladies and gentlemen it is time for the playoffs. We ladies here at Crashing the Net are going to be very busy over the next couple weeks (and hopefully next couple of months). As you all probably know, our Boston Bruins are facing the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs.

Although the Caps hold a season series edge over the B’s, I’d like to say Boston has the edge going into this series. We’ve got depth, solid defense and strong goaltending. It’s important to note that the Capitals will be starting rookie, third-string goaltender Braden Holtby. Tonight is Holtby’s first playoff game. It’s very important for the Bruins to expose his weaknesses, attack at all angles. Treat this kid like he’s the greatest goaltender in the world because you’re just asking to lose if you take him lightly.

Oh and demoralize him.

Playing physical is also key in this match-up. The Bruins saw much success in last year’s post-season because of their dominance in the physicality department. They grind it out, play gritty and battle till the very last second. That’s the Bruins team that will win a playoff series.

Players to watch:

  • Alexander Ovechkin – Kinda difficult to leave a guy like him out. He’s the main source of offensive production for the Caps, he’s explosive and always dangerous.
  • The third line And yes I am talking about the Bruins third line, which had some very hot moments toward the end of the regular season. Many predict a guy like Brian Rolston will be an unlikely hero for the B’s, Chris Kelly is having a career-season, and Benoit Pouliot is looking to break out as he didn’t see much success in Montreal.
  • Braden Holtby – While we want the Bruins to expose this rookie goaltender, Holtby is truly the man of the hour. If he can’t play strong in between the pipes, Boston’s deep offensive will tear him to pieces.
  • Nicklas Backtsrom – After missing 40 games of the regular season with a head injury, Backstrom returned to the lineup late in the season and will be playing tonight. The B’s defense needs to contain a guy like Backstrom or it could spell trouble for team.
  • David Krejci – Last post-season, Krejci finished the 2011 playoffs with 12 goals, 23 points, and 4 game-winning goals to lead the league. As most of us know, Krejci is a big-game player. He’s clutch. While he tends to be streaky in the regular season, he comes up huge in the playoffs. Keep an eye on him during this series.
  • Zdeno Chara – In the past, our behemoth blueliner has done a good job of containing Ovechkin. Chara’s shutdown defense frustrates Ovi. It’s important that Chara play a very strong game (and series) and hold off anything the Caps star brings to the table.

Projected lines:

Lucic-Krejci-Peverley

Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin

Pouliot-Kelly-Rolston

Paille/Caron-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Seidenberg

Ference-Boychuk

Zanon-Corvo

Tim Thomas, bitch.

Injuries:

BostonNathan Horton (concussion – out for the 2012 playoffs), Adam McQuaid (head – day-to-day), Tuukka Rask (lower body – day-to-day)

Washington – Michal Neuvirth (lower body – day-to-day) Tomas Vokoun (groin – indefinite)

This is it, Bruins fans. I’m not going to sit here and say “it’s time to defend the Cup.” The Bruins are the defending Stanley Cup champions but the Cup isn’t in their possession any longer. It’s time for them to win the Cup.

But first, we focus on the next game, which is tonight.

Believe in Boston.

 

Final thoughts:

Kiss Timmy’s Republican ass.

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