W2W4: Bruins host Capitals, 7

March, 6, 2014
Mar 6
2:28
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The Boston Bruins (39-17-5, 83 points) host the Washington Capitals (29-24-10, 68 points) Thursday night at TD Garden. Here’s what to watch for:

YOU AGAIN: It’s the second time in less than a week that the Bruins will face the Capitals. Washington defeated Boston 4-2 last Saturday at TD Garden. The Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of goals, including his 800th career point en route to victory. Thursday is the second of three regular-season meetings between these clubs. Ovechkin has five goals and four assists in the last six games.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY: Since suffering that loss to the Capitals, the Bruins have won two straight, beating the New York Rangers and the Florida Panthers. Boston is 5-1-2 in its last eight games, and 10-2-3 in the last 15. The Bruins are 24-7-2 on home ice, and have a 12-5-0 record against Metropolitan Division opponents. Washington has lost two in a row, dropping a pair of games to the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-4 (OT) and 6-4. The Capitals are 12-14-5 on the road this season.

MASKED MEN: Tuukka Rask will start for the Bruins, his 46th game of the season, which will be a new single-season career-high. He’s 5-3-2 in his last 10 starts. Overall, Rask is 26-14-4 with a 2.18 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. He also has five shutouts in 45 games. Capitals goaltender Bradne Holtby, who started Wednesday’s 6-4 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers and was pulled from the game after allowing four goals on 18 shots, gets the nod against the Bruins. He has a 4-0-0 regular-season record against the Bruins. Overall, Holtby is 19-13-3 with a 3.01 GAA and a .909 SP.

SPECIAL TEAMS: The Capitals enter Thursday’s game with the second-ranked power play in the league. Washington is 8-for-14 on the PP in its last four road games. The Bruins are ranked 13th on the penalty kill and will need to stay out of the box against Washington.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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