Washington Capitals vs Bruins: Returning Home

Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports /

The Washington Capitals head back home to Capital One Arena after a long road trip to take on the Boston Bruins. The Caps are coming off a tough 1-0 loss to the Islanders after finishing the season sweep of the New Jersey Devils over the weekend.

Tonight will be the fifth meeting between the Caps and Bruins this season. The two teams have split the series so far at two wins a piece. Vitek Vanecek is coming off 38 saves against the Islanders and has started every game against the Bruins this season. He was pulled in the 5 to 1 loss a month ago.

In the previous match-up between these two teams, we saw Tom Wilson get suspended for seven games after a hit on Boston’s Brandon Carlo. The suspension was controversial but was received well by basically anyone who isn’t a Caps fan. This series had also seen a certain chippiness between Alex Ovechkin and Trent Frederic, which ended when Ovi gave Frederic a quick tap to the groin.

The Bruins are 3-2-0 in their last five games, dropping games to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The Caps are 2-3-0 in their previous five and had a rough time dealing with the New York teams, losing to the Islanders twice and the Rangers once.

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Washington’s two wins against the Bruins have both gone beyond regulation. Boston’s two wins have been outright and made a statement. Both teams are in the top 10 for Power Play and Penalty Kill percentage, with the Bruins having the top spot for the kill.

Brad Marchand leads the Bruins in scoring with 18 goals and 27 assists for 45 points. Alex Ovechkin leads the Caps in goals with 19, and Backstrom leads in assists with 26.

The Caps come into this game winners of two of their last three games and a record of 25-10-4 with 54 points, tied for first in the MassMutual East Division with the Islanders, and tied for the third-most points in the NHL through games played April 6.

Washington is 13-4-2 at home this season. They have the third best home record in the MassMutual East Division behind the Islanders and the Penguins. The Bruins post identical home and away records of 10-5-3.

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Can the Caps get back on track against this possible future playoff opponent? Here’s how to find out:

Date: April 8, 2021
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Capital One Arena
TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Washington
Radio: Caps Radio 24/7
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