The Washington Capitals (28-17-6) host the Boston Bruins (27-17-7) Sunday at Capital One Arena for an early 12:30pm puck drop. This is the third and final meeting of the regular season between the Capitals and Bruins, the past two games this season the Capitals have bested the Bruins. The game will be broadcast on NBC.
Washington is coming off a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Friday night, a win that ended their longest losing streak of the season. Scoring for the Capitals was Nic Dowd, Dmitrij Jaskin, Tom Wilson and Evgeny Kuznestov.
The Bruins are coming off a Thursday night 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. David Pastrnak scored the both of goals the Bruins had in Thursday’s loss.
What to watch for in the Washington Capitals:
Evgeny Kuznestov recorded the game-winning goal Friday night against the Flames to give the Capitals their first win since Jan 10. Kuznestov has been one of the top players for Washington over the past few seasons. Up until recently, he has been not as productive as many thought he would be. But, he has stepped up and has seemed to get back in his groove. In the past three games, Kuznestov has recorded two goals and three assists. In Friday night’s games, he recorded 24:36 minutes of ice time, five more minutes than last game. This was due to the absence of star and Captain Alexander Ovechkin. In the two games against the Bruins this season, Kuznestov has scored two goals. He will be a huge help in the offensive production of the team against the Bruins on Sunday.
Alex Ovechkin was missing from the lineup on Friday, due to him deciding to defer the invitation to the All-Star game and have the whole break to rest. Ovechkin currently still leads the league in goals with 37, six more than second place Patrick Kane and Jeff Skinner. Ovechkin recorded three goals and an assist in the two games against Boston this season. Ovechkin has had four goals and an assist in his last two games that came before the All-Star break.
In net we could see Braden Holtby following 27 saves on 30 shots faced in Friday’s game against Calgary.
What to watch for in the Boston Bruins:
With three goals and three assists in the past three games, David Pastrnak has been the biggest threat for teams that matchup against him. He is a key player for the Bruins offense and has been reliable for the team as he currently leads the team in goals with 30. The Capitals have been able to shut down Pastrnak this season and have not allowed him to score. He will be a player that the Capitals will need to keep an eye on during Sunday’s tilt.
The Bruins could place Tuukka Rask in net to start for Sunday’s game in Washington, D.C.
Prediction: Capitals 4 – Bruins 1