The Capitals (22-5-5) return to the ice Wednesday trying to erase Monday’s ugly loss. A win towards the Boston Bruins (20-5-6) actually would go a great distance in the direction of erasing the reminiscence of that loss. Tune in to NBC Sports activities Washington for pregame protection beginning with Caps FaceOff Stay at 6 p.m. adopted by Caps Pregame Stay at 6:30 p.m. bringing you as much as the 7 p.m. puck drop on NBCSN. Tune again to NBC Sports activities Washington after the sport for Caps Postgame Stay, D.C. Sports activities Stay and Caps Extra time Stay.
This is what it’s essential know for Wednesday’s sport.
No line modifications
Monday was a troublesome loss, however when you will have been enjoying in addition to the Caps are there isn’t a purpose to overreact. Primarily based on the morning skate there have been no line modifications from Monday’s sport.
Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstrom – Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana – Evgeny Kuznetsov – T.J. Oshie
Carl Hagelin – Lars Eller – Richard Panik
Brendan Leipsic – Nic Dowd – Garnet Hathaway
Michal Kempny – John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov – Nick Jensen
Jonas Siegenthaler – Radko Gudas
Braden Holtby begins
A battle of the highest groups
This sport will characteristic the highest two groups within the league based on the standings. Washington sits atop the NHL with 49 factors whereas the Bruins sit simply behind them with 46. Boston has a sport in hand so whereas a loss for the Caps tonight wouldn’t technically drop them to second place, it will give Boston the within observe on passing them within the close to future.
You will hear the phrase “measuring stick” quite a bit earlier than and after this sport.
Overlook about Monday
Washington dropped Monday’s sport 5-2 at dwelling to Columbus. Yikes. That isn’t the best way you need to go into a giant matchup, however hey, the Bruins are in the identical boat. Boston misplaced on Monday 5-2 to the Ottawa Senators so each groups are coming into this sport off a nasty loss.
When final we met
The Caps and Bruins met as soon as this season already again on Nov. 16 in a sport that might end in a loopy shootout victory for Washington. T.J. Oshie scored a last-minute purpose to tie the sport in regulation and Jakub Vrana would win it in a shootout with this absolute gem:
— NBC Sports activities Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) November 17, 2019
Pastrnak might finish Ovechkin’s Rocket Richard run
Ovechkin has received the final two Rocket Richard Trophies because the league’s high purpose scorer and 6 of the final seven. David Pastrnak might lastly finish that run this season. Pastrnak presently leads the league with 25 targets. He hit 25 targets in his 27th sport which made some marvel if he may hit the fabled 50 in 50 mark, however he presently finds himself in a four-game goalless drought, his longest drought of the season.
Ovechkin sits second with 21 so he stays properly inside placing distance.
The Caps have owned the Bruins these days
Washington misplaced to Boston on Feb. 3, 2019. That was the primary time the Bruins had crushed the Caps since 2014. Washington has utterly owned Boston on this matchup with the Caps successful 15 of the final 16 video games they’ve performed each other. Whereas Tuukka Rask could also be one of many high netminders within the league, Washington positive appears to have his quantity. He’s a woeful 2-11-5 towards the Caps with a .889 save proportion and three.10 GAA.
That in all probability is why Washington performed Jaroslav Halak the final time they met and why Halak can be getting the beginning once more on Wednesday.
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