Game Day Thread: WASHINGTON CAPITOaLS @ Boston Bruins

Tonight we get to see what we have all been waiting for: A match between 2019’s two undefeated (this week) teams, in a battle for dominance of (3rd place in) the conference! Capitals, Bruins, at the TD Garden.
BE THERE! Or not. I don’t sell tickets to this stuff.

All right, maybe it isn’t the marquee matchup that I have implied, but at the very least, we will get to see what the whole of North American hockey fandom is dying to see… which of Brad Marchand or Tom Wilson will pull a jackass move first, and will either of them see supplemental discipline.
BE THERE! And bring an attorney!

The Bruins have started the year on a roll, with 6 victories in a row, stretching back to a match vs the Buffalo Sabres in December. The Caps have won 2 games in a row, and have a one game advantage on the B’s. The Bruins have fared poorly against the Caps recently, being on the poor end of a 13-game losing streak, which usually involved being unable to score on Braden Holtby.

So what do the lines look like?

Winger Joakim Nordstrom suffered a cracked leg bone (fibula) in the Winter Classic, and is out on injured reserve, his condition to be reevaluated in 2 weeks.
Charlie McAvoy, has been skating with Steve Kampfer in practices, has been suffering from lower body injury – which has been revealed to be an infected wound on his foot – and is still not ready to play.
The kids are back from juniors, but no sign of any of them on the roster so the defensive pairings from the last few games are expected to persist yet again today.
Coach Cassidy has announced that Jaro Halak will start in goal tonight.

Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

David Krejci

David Krejci

David Backes

David Backes

Ryan Donato

Player Front Away

#23 Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

Sean Kuraly

Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

Paul Postma

Chris Wagner

Bruins Defensive pairs
Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug

Torey Krug

John Moore

John Moore

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

Bruins Goaltending
#41 Jaroslav Halak (#40 Tuukka Rask)

(h/t Daily Faceoff and the Athletic’s Michael Russo @RussoHockey):

Capitals Forwards
#8 Alex Ovechkin — #92 Evgeny Kuznetsov — #43 Tom Wilson
#13 Jakub Vrana — #19 Nicklas Backstrom — #77 T.J. Oshie
#10 Brett Connolly — #20 Lars Eller — #72 Travis Boyd
#18 Chandler Stephenson — #26 Nic Dowd — #25 Devante Smith-Pelly

Capitals Defense
#6 Michal Kempny — #74 John Carlson
#9 Dmitri Orlov — #2 Matt Niskanen
#44 Brooks Orpik — #34 Jonas Siegenthaler

Capitals Goaltending
#70 Braden Holtby
#1 Pheonix Copley

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Living on a Prayer makes its return!

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Fuuuuuuuuuuck

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Not again!

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Not a great goal there.

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For Halak of a save.

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Woo!

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Third period: GO GO GO GO GO

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