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Gameday 12: Capitals at Bruins.

Records:

Boston Bruins: 5-3-0-3, 13 points, 4th in the Atlantic
Washington Capitals: 6-6-0-1, 13 points, 6th in the Metropolitan

Is this my first gameday write up? I think it is.

I must say, I started my Days of Y’Orr run as the preview guy and I really enjoyed it, but then I moved onto recaps and recaps are my jam. I apologize if this preview isn’t up to snuff. I’ll be honest with you, I’m kind of burnt out on this whole writing thing to begin with and we’re only 11 games into the season.

I know, normally, game day previews are short but you guys know me – I like to talk. A lot of the stuff I’m going to pull from our weekly preview so check it out for the full enchilada.

The biggest thing for Boston is solving Holtby. From the weekly preview:

Holtby’s history against the Bruins in sensational. Grab your puke bucket, kids.

Career vs Boston:

11-2-0, .945 save percentage (holy shit), 1.80 GAA and 3 shutouts.

The save percentage, by the way, is Holtby’s career best against anyone. 13 games isn’t a small sample size either. He feasts on the Bruins.

It’s not just Holtby either. Nicklas Backstrom is a monster against the Bruins as well. In 31 games, Backstrom has 35 points (9 goals, 26 assists) and absolutely torches Boston. He’s the main man for Alex Ovechkin. When Marshall put:

I mean, we could have put like half the Caps roster on this list

He wasn’t kidding.

The Bruins have been notoriously bad against Washington.


Leading Scorers: 

Boston: Brad Marchand: 8 goals, 5 assists, 13 points
Washington: Alexander Ovechkin: 10 goals, 5 assists, 15 points

Goaltenders: 

Tuukka Rask: 2-3-0-2, -0.52 GSAA, .907 SV%, 2.64 GAA
Braden Holtby: 6-3-0-0, 2.81 GSAA, .919 SV%, 2.71 GAA


Injuries/Suspensions: 

Boston:
Noel Acciari: IR Fractured finger
Ryan Spooner: IR Right groin adductor tear
Adam McQuaid: IR Broken right fibula
David Krejci: DTD Upper-body injury
Anton Khudobin: DTD Lower-body injury
David Backes: OUT Post surgery for diverticulitisEveryone

Washington:

Brett Connolly: DTD with an upper body injury
Andre Burakovsky: DTD with thumb injury
Tyler Graovac: Week To Week with an upper body
Matt Niskanen: DTD to with a hand injury


Watch/Listen/Stream

TV: NESN, NHL Network
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Stream: /r/puckstreams or /r/nhlstreams (streams are up 15 minutes before the games start)


The Optional Skate

Episode 36: Goalie Controversies?


I don’t drink anymore so……drink iced coffee. Drink water. Drink gasoline. I don’t give a shit what you drink.


Conclusion

 

Drop the puck, it’s time to go…