It’s opening night!
The Bruins visit the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to open up the NHL’s 2018-2019 season. We will see the Caps hang up their Stanley Cup Champion banner in a pre-game ceremony.
The Bruins have had extraordinary difficulties playing vs the Caps and their lead goaltender Brayden Holtby, though the B’s did have some success in preseason. Of course most of the players in those games are not on the ice tonight, so your mileage may vary.
Let’s do some lines.
Tory Krug is out with his foot in a walking boot, and we won’t see him for at least three weeks. That will put new acquisition John Moore in his spot on the defense. Patrice Bergeron has been in a no-contact sweater in practice up until this week, but is expected to start. Matt Grzelcyk also was in the non-contact jersey, but will be on the ice.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|Tuukka Rask||(Jaroslav Halak)|
Capitals lineup (h/t Daily Faceoff):
Tom Wilson is out, having been banished by the Dept of Player Safety so Brett Connolly moves up to the top line tonight
Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Brett Connolly
Jakub Vrana — Niklas Backstrom — TJ Oshie
Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Chandler Stephenson
Nathan Walker — Nic Dowd — Devante Smith-Pelly
“Count” Dmitri Orlov — Matt Niskanen
Christian Djoos — John Carlson
Brooks Orpik — Madison Bowey
(Phoenix Copley Plaza)