Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images
This is it. The Washington Capitals conclude the 56-game 2020-21 regular season on Tuesday at Capital One Arena, hosting the Boston Bruins (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington locally, and NHL Network nationally) for the eighth and final time. The Bruins lead the season series 4-3 and picked up the most recent win on April 18, a 6-3 victory at TD Garden.
Last Game: 5-4 loss to the New York Rangers at TD Garden on Saturday
Standings: 32-15-7 (71 points) | third in the MassMutual East Division, tenth overall
Goal Leader: Forward Brad Marchand (28)
Assist Leader: Marchand (39)
Point Leader: Marchand (67)
Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask is likely to be in for Boston. The 34-year-old has gone 14-5-2, holds a .914 save percentage, and has 2.29 goals-against average. Jaroslav Halak has a 9-6-4 record this season, a .905 save percentage, and 2.53 goals-against average.
Power-Play: 21.9% (11th) | Captain Patrice Bergeron leads with seven power-play goals.
Penalty Kill: 86.4% (2nd) | Center Trent Frederic leads with 55 penalty minutes.
Essential Notes: The Bruins host the New York Islanders for the final time this season on Monday night before departing to D.C. to take on the Capitals on Tuesday. On the road, Boston has gone 15-8-4, which ranks ninth in the league.
Last Game: 2-1 overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Capital One Arena on Saturday
Standings: 35-15-5 (75 points) | second in the MassMutual East Division, ninth overall
Goal Leader: Captain Alex Ovechkin (24 goals)
Assist Leader: Center Nicklas Backstrom (38)
Point Leader: Backstrom (53)
Goaltenders: Vitek Vanecek is likely to be in net for Washington. The 25-year-old has gone 20-10-4, holds a .907 save percentage, and has 2.74 goals-against average. Craig Anderson has a 2-1-0 record this season, a .915 save percentage, and 2.13 goals-against average. Ilya Samsonov remains on the league’s COVID-19 protocol along with center Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Power-Play: 25% (3rd) | Forward T.J. Oshie leads with 13 power-play goals.
Penalty Kill: 83.9% (5th) | Forward Tom Wilson leads with 86 penalty minutes.
Essential Notes: The Capitals made several roster moves Monday morning, which included re-assigning defenseman Martin Fehervary, goaltender Pheonix Copley and forward Philippe Maillet from the AHL’s Hershey Bears to the team’s taxi squad. Head coach Peter Laviolette said there would be additional clarity on players’ availability (Ovechkin, Backstrom, Wilson, Oshie, and defenseman John Carlson; all lower-body injuries) Tuesday morning.
By Della Young