The Bruins are back home, hosting the visiting Washington Capitals at TD Garden on NBCSN.
Last time in Bruins Hockey…
A depleted Bruins team were at Madison Square Garden, battling the Rangers. The Rangers were missing Panarin, Chytil and Kakko, the Bruins missing David Krejci, Matt Grzelcyk, Jeremy Lauzon and gave a few guys the night off, but they managed to get their heads back together, and soundly defeated the Rags.
The Bruins are now at 12-5-2, slipping to 3rd in the MassMutual East division, 2 points behind the Caps and Isles, but sneaking ahead in points percentage.
What will be the lines today?
The lines may be a little confusing.
Forward Ondrej Kase is still on IR.
David Krejci and Matt Grzelcyk are both back after being out with a lower body injuries.
Jeremy Lauzon is on IR after hand surgery, Kevan Miller is out with knee issues. Jarred Tinordi was picked up off waivers from Nashville, and should play tonight.
Charlie Coyle is in the COVID protocol, so either Jack Studnicka or Anders Bjork are expected to take his place.
Tuukka will be in net.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#40 Tuukka Rask||(#41 Jaroslav Halak)|
Tonight’s opponents are the Washington Capitals. The Caps are leading the division – in points, but not in points percentage (That’s still the Bruins – barely). This will be the first time Zdeno Chara will be in the TD Garden as an adversary since he was with Ottawa. The team is looking healthy.
Vitek Vanacek will be in net.
(h/t Daily Faceoff and the Washington Post’s Samantha Pell @SamanthaJPell):
#8 Alex Ovechkin — #92 Evgeny Kuznetsov — #73 Conor Sheary
#13 Jakub Vrana — #19 Nicklas Backstrom — #43 Tom Wilson
#14 Richard Panik — #20 Lars Eller — #77 T.J. Oshie
#62 Carl Hagelin — #26 Nic Dowd — #21 Garnet Hathaway
#4 Brenden Dillon — #74 John Carlson
#9 Dmitri Orlov — #2 Justin Schultz
#33 Zdeno Chara — #3 Nick Jensen
#41 Vitek Vanecek
(#31 Craig Anderson)