Caps Gear Up for Wednesday Night’s Tilt with Boston

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The Capitals hit the ice this morning to prepare for their game against the Bruins. Puck drop is at 8:00 and you can catch the game on NBCSN as part of their “Wednesday Night Rivalry”. T.J. Oshie makes his much anticipated return. 

Sitting fifth in the Metropolitan Division and currently in the second Wild Card spot with 31 points, tonight will be a big test for the Capitals against an underrated Bruins team.

“We look at this game (tonight) as a real good test. We’re in a playoff race right now,” Trotz told the media. “We’re surrounded by teams, we’re part of those teams. We’re not too far out of first in our division and we’re not too far from being out of the playoffs in our division so I think this is part of the playoff race. It’s sort of starting right now.

Scouting the Bruins
The Bruins enter tonight’s contest on a three-game winning streak. Like Washington, Boston has 31 points and is coming off a Monday night overtime win. David Pastrnak got the game-winning goal. He had two goals that night, kind of like how Marcus Johansson had two goals in the Caps’ game and provided the GWG.

PRACTICE LINES

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There was talk going around yesterday about Andre Burakovsky being the healthy scratch for tonight but instead, it’s looking like Brett Connolly and Taylor Chorney will be the healthy scratches. Braden Holtby gets the start in between the pipes.

Coach Trotz made adjustments to the defensive pairs late in the game against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night. Gauging by yesterdays and today’s practices, those adjustments will be carried over to tonight’s game as well. Dmitry Orlov will be moved to the top line with Matt Niskanen and Karl Alzner will rejoin John Carslon on the send defensive pair.

T.J. Oshie took part in full-contact practice yesterday and it was confirmed this morning that he will indeed play tonight.

PRACTICE VIDEO

 

INTERVIEWS
Jay Beagle:

 Mike Vogel spoke with Andre Burakovsky for today’s Rinkside Update:

 

GAMEDAY LINKS
Caps Entertain Bruins (Mike Vogel)
Last season’s Capitals were a party; this season’s are a hangover (DC Sports Bog)
Capitals’ Andre Burakovsky still confident despite slump, reduced role (Washington Post)
Criticized by his coach, Ovechkin says he needs to take fewer penalties (Washington Post)

By Michael Marzzacco

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