Game Day Thread: Bruins @ Caps

Urho Vaakanainen pushes the limits of sweater name-plate technology at Bruins rookie camp 2018

The Bruins are in Washington DC, facing the Capitals for the 8th and final time this season. It is also the final game of the regular season for the Bruins, and indeed, the entire East division. It will be broadcast on NHL Network, NESN+, NBC Sports Washington DC, and NHL.tv. On the radio on 98.5 the Sports Hub, the beltway’s WJFK, and CapsRadio24/7


Last time in Bruins Hockey…

The Bruins were playing the Islanders, for the final time this season, at the TD Garden.
They won in OT, locking themselves into the 3rd playoff spot, and a 1st round matchup against… the Washington Capitals.


What will be the lines today?

Well there is still a little movement with the forward lines.

The Injury Report: Ondrej Kaše was back, but left the game . Charlie Coyle left the game early after getting hit by a puck on Tuesday and will probably not play today.

Well, given the circumstances of the game, the Bruins are aggressively resting players.

Well, with that many players out, they’ll need to call up additional players to round out a 21-man roster. They’re short about 5 forwards and 2 defensemen…

That sounds about right. There was no AM practice or press availability today, so no one outside of Bruce Cassidy really has any clue how that list of players is going to muster out into lines.
With Bergeron, Krejci & Marchand out, Nick Ritchie, Steve Kampfer, and Chris Wagner are your assistant captains for tonight.

Tuukka Rask is out, Jeremy Swayman is in net with Dan Vladař as his backup.

Bruins Forward Lines
Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

Curtis Lazar

#6 Curtis Lazar

#14 - Chris Wagner

Chris Wagner

#21 Nick Ritchie

Nick Ritchie

#18 Greg McKegg

Greg McKegg

#19 Zachary Senyshyn

Zach Senyshyn

#11 Trent Frederic

Trent Frederic

#23 Jack Studnicka

#23 Jack Studnicka

#62 Oskar Steen

#62 Oskar Steen

#81 Anton "Ain't got time to" Blidh

Anton Blidh

#53 Cameron Hughes

#53 Cameron Hughes

Karson Kuhlman

Karson Kuhlman

Bruins Defensive pairs
Jakub Zboril

Jakub Zboril

Connor Clifton

Connor Clifton

Jarred Tinordi

#84 Jarred Tinordi

Steven Kampfer

Steven Kampfer

#54 Jack Ahcan

#54 Jack Ahcan

Urho Vaakanainen

Urho Vaakanainen

Bruins Goaltending
#1 Jeremy Swayman (#41 Jaroslav Halak)


Tonight’s opponents are the Washington Capitals. The Caps are second in the division – in both points, and in points percentage, and are the Bruins’ 1st round playoff opponent. As this is the last game of the season and has no playoff implications, the Caps are being generous holding players out tonight. T.J. Oshie and John Carlson (lower-body) are both out. Alex Ovechkin (also lower-body) is a game-time decision. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov are both in COVID protocol. They have called up Philippe Maillet from their taxi squad.

Vitek Vanecek is in goal. Not sure if he’s backed up by Anderson or Fucale.
(h/t Daily Faceoff and the Washington Post’s Samantha Pell @SamanthaJPell):

Capitals Forwards
#8 Alex Ovechkin — #19 Nicklas Backstrom — #39 Anthony Mantha
#73 Conor Sheary — #20 Lars Eller — #17 Michael Raffl
#10 Daniel Sprong — #16 Philippe Maillet — #43 Tom Wilson
#62 Carl Hagelin — #26 Nic Dowd — #21 Garnet Hathaway

Capitals Defense
#9 Dmitri Orlov — #2 Justin Schultz
#4 Brenden Dillon — #57 Trevor van Riemsdyk
#33 Zdeno Chara — #3 Nick Jensen

Capitals Goaltending
#41 Vitek Vanecek
(#31 Craig Anderson)

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Scrap. I was hoping the kids could get it done. Still,…. no shame.

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ugggggghhhhh

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Zboril will not return to tonight’s game, upper body.

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doh

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I love the line up!!! Thank you, Bruce!