Pregame Notes: Bruins vs. Capitals 3/5/13

Let’s cut to the chase: it’s time to bounce back. After suffering a frustrating and narrow defeat to rival Montreal, the Bruins will be looking to pick themselves up and dust themselves off as they face off against the Washington Capitals. After last year’s playoffs, there’s a little more spice to this match-up. The Capitals knocked out the B’s in overtime of Game 7 in the first round. Now, the B’s and Caps will be facing off for the first time this season. Now let’s not let last year sway us. The Bruins and Capitals are in two very different places right now. Boston is riding a 14-3-2 record and are arguably the strongest team in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Capitals hold a pathetic 8-11-1 record with only 17 points on the season. Although despite the record, Washington has been improving and are never a team you can look past.

Players to watch:

Brad Marchand – Kind of hard to leave him out of this conversation when he’s playing completely out of his mind. In 18 games, Marchand has 11 goals and 17 points with a +/- rating of +12. Good things happen when this guy is in the ice. Another noteworthy stat is penalty minutes. Marchand has only tallied 4 on the year. On and off the ice, one can observe that the 24-year-old winger has matured immensely over the past few seasons. Expect him to pose a threat night in and night out.

Braden Holtby – Holtby put on incredible performance in the playoffs last year against the B’s, stepping up and playing unlike anything anyone could have ever predicted. While his numbers aren’t stellar this season (7-7-0 record, 3.01 GAA) Holtby can be phenomenal. He’s also already put up 3 shutouts on the season. If he gave the B’s trouble before, he can do it again.

Projected lines

Lucic-Krejci-Horton

Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin

Peverley-Kelly-Bourque

Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk

Seidenberg-Hamilton

Ference-McQuaid

Rask

Final thoughts:

The B’s haven’t lost 2 games in a row at all this season. Let’s keep that going and turn things around against a depleted Washington team.

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