Time: 730p EST
Station: NBC Sports Network
Tonight is the night the Washington Capitals have always dreamed for and that tonight they finally get to raise a Stanley Cup Champions banner into the rafters at Capital One Arena. But with all this excitement, it is also time to get back to work and strive towards their new goal to go back to back like their rival the Pittsburgh Penguins did the previous two seasons.
Now for the Boston Bruins they are raring to go and spoil tonight for the Capitals. The Bruins are hungry to start their campaign back to the playoffs and are a heavy favorite in the Atlantic Division.
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk – David Krejci – Danton Heinen
Ryan Donato – Sean Kuraly – David Backes
Joakim Nordstrom – Noel Acciari – Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara – Charlie McAvoy
John Moore – Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk – Kevan Miller
Keys to the Game:
1. Get the jump on the Capitals
– The Capitals are going to have a great moment when they raise their Cup Banner tonight, and Boston will hope that it’ll serve as a minor distraction that they can take advantage of.
2. Young kids need to step up
– Last season the Bruins youngsters developed nicely, but now this time they will need to step up their game, and what a better start and motivator than facing the defending Cup Champions.
Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Brett Connolly
Jakub Vrana – Nicklas Backstrom – TJ Oshie
Andre Burakovsky – Lars Eller – Chandler Stephenson
Nathan Walker – Nic Dowd – Devante Smith-Pelly
Christian Djoos – John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov – Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik – Madison Bowey
Keys to the Game:
1. Get an early lead
– As mentioned above, as great as the Banner Raising Cermony will be, it is also a distraction. If the Capitals can get the first goal, let alone quickly into the game, then they can set the tone in their favor and truly get a focus on this game.
2. Fresh legs
– The Capitals for the first time is experiencing a short summer that was filled with celebration. They will need to get their legs moving in this one as they will be pushed hard by the Bruins.