Preview: Capitals Back At It In Boston For Saturday Matinee

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The Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins both return from their respective bye-weeks and the NHL All-Star Break on Saturday afternoon for their second of three meetings this regular season. In the first meeting, Boston won by a score of 5-2 on opening night in the nation’s capital.

Boston has taken 10 of the last 14 games between the two teams, including their 2021 Stanley Cup Playoff first-round series. Action from TD Garden can be seen on ABC or ESPN+ starting just after 3:30 PM ET.


Washington: end stretch where they play seven of nine games (4-4-0 so far), including their three straight, on the road

Boston: play just second home game during a stretch where they play 11 of 14 on the road (2-2-1 on five-game road trip preceding break)


Washington: 27-20-6/.566 points percentage – fourth in Metropolitan Division (fifth in points percentage), seventh in Eastern Conference (eighth); 13-12-3 on road, 14th in NHL (have won 10 of last 14 away from home)

Boston: 39-7-5/.814 points percentage – first in NHL, seven-point lead for first in Eastern Conference; 22-1-3 at home (first)


Washington: won two of last three before break after losing five of their previous eight in regulation

Boston: lost three straight (0-2-1) for first time all season before defeating Toronto Maple Leafs in final game before break



Notes: Ovechkin, 37, has been held scoreless in three of his last five games (two goals); Kuznetsov, 30, has six assists, seven points in his last eight; Orlov, 31, has only an assist in his last five; C Dylan Strome has been held scoreless in three straight, where he tallied a -1 rating in each contest; LW Conor Sheary has just two assists, three points in last 13; C Lars Eller ended a 12-game scoring drought with an assist in Washington’s 4-3 overtime win over Columbus Blue Jackets in their final game before break; LW Anthony Mantha has just one assist in his last eight; LW Marcus Johansson has two goals, four points in his last five; D Erik Gustafsson ended three-game scoring drought with two assists vs. Columbus; D Nick Jensen tallied a -6 rating in 14 games over January; LW Sonny Milano has just two assists, three points in last 11, including none over last two


  • RW David Pastrnak (38 goals, 34 assists, 72 points)
  • LW Brad Marchand (30 assists, 1.16 points-per-game)
  • D Hampus Lindholm (23:35 TOI/game)

Notes: Pastrnak, 26, has never gone scoreless in back-to-back games this season, 19 goals and 32 points in last 22, and at least 20 more goals and 26 more points than any of his teammates; Marchand, 34, went scoreless over final three before break; C David Krejci has 10 assists, 11 points over last nine; C Patrice Bergeron has gone scoreless in four straight; C Pavel Zacha has six goals, 10 points over last nine; LW Taylor Hall has only two goals in last nine; D Charlie McAvoy has seven assists, nine points over last nine; C Charlie Coyle has two assists, three points in last three; C Trent Frederic has just one assist in last seven


Goals-per-game:                 WSH – 3.11 (17th)            BOS – 3.73 (1st)

Goals-against per game:   WSH – 2.83 (11th)           BOS – 2.12 (1st)

Power Play:                          WSH – 20.5% (19th)       BOS – 25.1% (5th)

Penalty Kill:                         WSH – 81.4% (T-9th)     BOS – 85.8% (1st)

Shots-per-game:                 WSH – 31.8 (17th)           BOS – 33.5 (6th)

Shots-against per game:   WSH – 30.2 (9th)            BOS – 29.3 (7th)

Faceoff-winning %:            WSH – 49.8% (18th)      BOS – 55.2% (2nd)

5v5 Corsi-for %:                  WSH – 51.11% (14th)      BOS – 51.16% (13th)

5v5 x Goals-For %:             WSH – 51.58% (15th)     BOS – 53.71% (5th)

5v5 SCF %:                           WSH – 51.35% (14th)     BOS – 52.87% (8th)

5v5 Shooting %:                  WSH – 8.24% (19th)      BOS – 9.45% (4th)

5v5 Save %:                          WSH – .9173 (17th)        BOS – .9392 (1st)

5v5 PDO:                              WSH – 1 (T-14th)            BOS – 1.034 (1st)


Washington: Darcy Kuemper, 32 — 15-11-3 (T-19th in wins), .915 save percentage (T-15th), 2.62 goals-against average (15th), five shutouts (T-first) in 34 games this season; 1-7-0, .890 save percentage, 3.17 goals-against average in eight career games vs. Boston, including 25-save performance (.862 save percentage) on opening night

Boston: Linus Ullmark, 29 — 26-4-1 (1st), .937 save percentage (1st), 1.90 goals-against average (1st), two shutouts in 33 games; 5-5-1, .898 save percentage, 2.98 goals-against average in 11 career games vs. Washington, but 33-save outing (.943 save percentage) in first meeting between two teams



  • Carlson (upper-body, will miss 18th straight game, out indefinitely)
  • RW Connor Brown (ACL, 50th, indefinite)
  • LW Carl Hagelin (hip, 54th, indefinite)
  • C Nic Dowd (lower-body, eighth, indefinite)
  • RW Tom Wilson (lower-body, fourth, day-to-day)


  • LW Jake DeBrusk (lower-body, 15th, indefinite)
  • C Vinni Lettieri (lower-body, second, indefinite)
  • C Tomas Nosek (non-displaced fracture in left foot, seventh, week-to-week)



Ovechkin — Strome — Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Sheary — Kuznetsov — T.J. Oshie
Johansson — Nicklas Backstrom — Milano
Mantha — Eller — Garnet Hathaway

Gustafsson — Trevor Van Riemsdyk
Orlov — Jensen
Matt Irwin — Martin Fehervary

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: D Alexander Alexeyev, C Aliaksei Protas


Marchand — Bergeron — Craig Smith
Zacha — Krejci — Pastrnak
Hall — Coyle — Nick Foligno
A.J. Greer — Frederic — Jakob Lauko

Matt Grzelcyk — McAvoy
Lindholm — Brandon Carlo
Derek Forbort — Connor Clifton

Jeremy Swayman

Scratched: D Anton Stralman, D Jakub Zboril

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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5 Responses to Preview: Capitals Back At It In Boston For Saturday Matinee

  1. novafyre says:

    I have no stats to back it up, but I have always felt that the Caps do worse than average in matinee games.

  2. KimRB says:

    Not sure I wanna watch this one. I’ll guess 6-1 Boston

    Prove me wrong, fellas

  3. KimRB says:

    I truly despise the Boston Bruins, and not for rivalry reasons, like I hate the Penguins, Rangers, Flyers etc. I hate them because they continue to employ the WORST PxP man in all of North American professional sports: Jack Edwards. How bad is he? Dallas Stars color commentator Darryl Reaugh called Edwards out for “over the top homerism” a few years ago. Reaugh is well respected, he’s not known for trash talking. If Razor is calling you out, then that means you’re bad. Edwards is an embarrassment to hockey, sports, and humanity in general

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