Pregame #7: Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins (10/21/10)

Washington Capitals (4-2-0) vs Boston Bruins (3-1-0)
TD Bank Garden
Time: 7:00 pm
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 820AM, 1500AM and XM
Previous Games:
Sep 28, 2010 BOS@WSH 3-2 W (Preseason)
Sep 29, 2010 WAS@BOS 4-1 W (Preseason)
Oct 19, 2010 BOS@WAS 1-3 L
Games Remaining:
Nov  5, 2010 BOS@WSH  7:00 PM ET
Dec 18, 2010 WSH@BOS  7:00 PM ET
Game Promotion:
TD Bank Openining Night Fan Fest
Japers’ Rink’s Free Beer-a-Thon
Familiar Faces of Former Capitals:
Trent Whitfield (1999-02, 02-04)
The Enemy:
Days of Y’Orr
Something’s Bruin
Stanley Cup of Chowder

Tonight is the second meeting in the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins’ early season home-and-home. The Caps will look to get revenge for Tuesday’s 3-1 loss at the Verizon Center, and in turn spoil the Bruins’ home opener. Moving Tomas Fleishmann to center the third line and elevating Marcus Johansson to pivot the second, Bruce Boudreau will look to get the Caps’ offense going early that stalled against the NHL’s 2nd stingest defense (allowing only 1.75 GA/G). Not much mroe to say here, as we just saw these schmucks on Tuesday, but I think it’s time to rain on Steven Tyler’s parade – don’t you?

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Three Things to Watch For
Gnarly Varly:
It was reported earlier that Semyon Varlamov was the first goaltender off the ice during the Capitals morning skate, and will most likely start tonight while Michal Neuvirth continues to recover from a bug. Tonight will be Varly’s first start this season, and comes on the heels of his 46-minute performance in relief of Neuvi who left with flu-like symptoms. SV1 has a 2.17 GAA and .923 Sv % in his career against Boston and will most likely face Tuukka Rask, the young Dwight Schrute look-a-like Bruin netminder who surrendered 4 goals in his first (and only) start of the season. Rask has posted a 2.96 GAA and a .900 Sv% in one career outing against Washington.

Killing in the Name of: No matter what the reason, the Caps Penalty Kill unit is a perfect 25 for 25 on the kill this season. After shutting down all of Bostons opportunities last game, the B’s stand 1-for-15 on the season (6.7%), and rank 28th in the league with the man advantage. In order to stay perfect on the PK, the Caps will need to stave off Boston’s top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Nathan Horton – all of which have recorded a point in each contest this season. Although not extra man tallies, both Lucic and Krejci potted goals in Tuesday’s game, extending Lucic’s goal scoring streak to 3 games.

Home Cookin': Tonight marks the return of both John Carlson (Natick, MA) and Tom Poti (Worcester, MA) to their hometown. In addition to the pair of d-men, Matt Hendricks also has history in the Boston area, setting a career high 52 points during his 2007-08 season with the B’s AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins.