Pre-game #82: Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins

Washington Capitals (54-15-12) vs. Boston Bruins (38-30-13)

Sunday April 11th, 2010 12:00pm

Television: NBC (HD), TSN (HD)

Radio: ESPN 980

Previous meetings:

Oct 1 WAS @ BOS,  WAS 4-1

Feb 2 WAS @ BOS, WAS 4-1

Apr 5 WAS v BOS, WAS 3-2 OT

Remaining Games:


Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals take on the Boston Bruins at the Verizon Center in the final meeting between the teams- and the final REGULAR season game at the Phone Booth. The Bruins clinched their playoff berth with a shootout win over the Hurricanes of Carolina in Saturday’s matinee game. The Capitals have owned the B-Ruins since playing them in the first game of the 2009-2010 season, and it seems only fitting that they go for the sweep in the last game of the regular season.

The prodigal handsome son returns: Good news for the ladies and gents with bro-crushes, Mr. “I’m ridiculously good looking” himself, Brooks Laich has ditched the cage for your viewing pleasure.

What to Watch for – after the jump.

What to Watch for:

The Russian Rocket: The Great 8′s 2 goals and assist against the Thrashers Friday night put him in the lead for the Rocket Richard Trophy and quite possibly sealed his bid for the Hart. With this the last game and Crosby only 2 goals back, expect Ovi to try his best to increase his lead and solidify third set of personal awards.

Holy Nicklas Backstrom! The future 6 Million dollar man es muy caliente con 9 points in his last 3 games leaving me without words to describe my wonder and awe, leaving me to dabble in Spanglish. While Nicky hasn’t fared well against the Bruins this year (only 1 goal), I’d expect a few helpers from number 19. On the other hand, Grandpa Knuble has notched two goals, Ovi has three and the man recently freed from the iron mask has 4 goals in the three meetings.

Goalies, Special Teams, and other odds and ends: Jose Shut-the-Door owns the B-Ruins this year, but with the playoffs right around the corner, Semyon Varlamov might be awarded the start. As a high side note, Tyler Sloan is out with an upper body injury- so expect a better defensive effort with Too-Slow out (although his poke-check saving a breakaway goal against the Thrash was a beaut). Continuing my defensive look- the PK has been stout against the B’s this season, only allowing 1 goal on 14 man down stints. Conversely, the Caps’  against the Bruins sits at a dead 30% (3 for 10).

Unleash the fury.