Game Day Thread: Caps @ Bruins

Hello! The Bruins are at home, hosting the Washington Capitals, to be shown on NBC and TVAS.


Last time in Bruins Hockey…

The Bruins were hosting the Isles, at the TD Garden.
Bruins win, 3-0, giving Jeremy Swayman his first shutout as a Bruin.

The Bruins are now at 24-12-6 which still has them at 4th in the MassMutual East division by victory points, 8 points behind the Caps, 5 behind the Penguins, and 4 behind the Isles.
They are also 4th in the division via points percentage with a total of .643.


What will be the lines today?

Well we’ve got some new players, so coach Bruce Cassidy has some new lines.

The Injury Report: Ondrej Kaše is skating, Halak is still on COVID quarantine. Brandon Carlo is out, week-to-week, with a different upper-body injury. Matt Grzelcyk is still out with an upper body injury. Kevan Miller seems to have a new problem unrelated to his knee. He’ll be out again.

Jarred Tinordi is in, with Jakub Zboril not ready to play.
Trent Frederic is back on the taxi squad.

Tuukka Rask will be in net, Jaroslav Halak remains out. Jeremy Swayman is the backup.

Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Taylor Hall

#71 Taylor Hall

David Krejci

David Krejci

#12 Craig Smith

Craig Smith

#21 Nick Ritchie

Nick Ritchie

Charlie Coyle

Charlie Coyle

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

Sean Kuraly

Sean Kuraly

Curtis Lazar

#6 Curtis Lazar

#14 - Chris Wagner

Chris Wagner

Bruins Defensive pairs

Jeremy Lauzon

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Jarred Tinordi

#84 Jarred Tinordi

Steven Kampfer

Steven Kampfer

Mike Reilly

#6 Mike Reilly

Connor Clifton

Connor Clifton

Bruins Goaltending
#40 Tuukka Rask (#1 Jeremy Swayman)


Today’s opponents are the Washington Capitals. The Caps are leading the division – in points, and in points percentage, ahead of the Islanders & Penguins. They picked up Anthony Mantha at the deadline.
Vitek Vanecek will be in net. Zdeno Chara did not skate at practice.
(h/t Daily Faceoff and the Washington Post’s Samantha Pell @SamanthaJPell):

Capitals Forwards
#8 Alex Ovechkin — #92 Evgeny Kuznetsov — #43 Tom Wilson
#39 Anthony Mantha — #19 Nicklas Backstrom — #77 T.J. Oshie
#73 Conor Sheary — #20 Lars Eller — #10 Daniel Sprong
#62 Carl Hagelin — #26 Nic Dowd — #21 Garnet Hathaway

Capitals Defense
#9 Dmitri Orlov — #74 John Carlson
#4 Brenden Dillon — #2 Justin Schultz
#57 Trevor van Riemsdyk — #3 Nick Jensen

Capitals Goaltending
#41 Vitek Vanecek
(#30 Ilya Samsonov)

Officiating
Bruins vs. Capitals
Referees: #14 Trevor Hanson — #22 Ghislain Hebert
Linesmen: #83 Matt MacPherson — #48 Beau Halkidis
(as usual, h/t Scouting the Refs)

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