Gameday Preview – 1/10/2019 – Washington Capitals v. Boston Bruins

Washington Capitals (26-12-4 56pts) v. Boston Bruins (25-14-4 54pts)

 

Time: 7p EST

Station: NBC Sports Washington and NESN

 

Preview:

The Washington Capitals head to Boston to take on the red hot Bruins. Currently the Bruins are on a five game winning streak which has been to the affect of their lineup becoming healthy, especially on the blue line. Meanwhile, the Capitals have won two straight and look to continue their winning ways against the Bruins.

 

Washington Capitals:

Projected Lineup:

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Be consistent in the faceoff circle

The key to puck control is based on how well you do in the faceoff circle. Win the faceoff, you gain control right away. Lose the faceoff, and now your chasing. The other night against Philadelphia the Flyers were dominating the Capitals in the faceoff circle, but it didn’t look that way due to the Capitals better play in all three zones. The Bruins are not the Flyers and are more of a threat when they have puck possession and faceoffs will be a key to their success.

 

2. Shock the powerplay

The Capitals need their powerplay to be clicking against the Bruins. While their penalty kill has been on the rise since the return of Brooks Orpik to the lineup, however, the same cannot be said for the powerplay that is stagnant and predictable.

 

Boston Bruins:

Projected Lineup:

Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk — David Krejci — David Backes

Sean Kuraly — Noel Acciari — Chris Wagner

Ryan Donato — Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson — Danton Heinen

Zdeno Chara — Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug — John Moore

Matt Grzelcyk — Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Colby Cave, Steven Kampfer

Injured: Charlie McAvoy (lower body), Joakim Nordstrom (fractured fibula)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Stick to the plan

The Bruins are on a five game winning streak, and it is a result of solid team play and sticking to the gameplan. If the Bruins can force their game on the Capitals, this will be a good game for them.

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