The Boston Bruins continue their four-game road trip, and tonight they face a tough opponent. Some say the Washington Capitals have been Boston’s kryptonite, so the boys in Black and Gold are looking for a big win tonight. After dropping their last three games (one which included their first regulation loss at home), the B’s have a lot of work to do.
Tonight at the Capital One Arena it’ll be a match-up against the top two teams in the league, with Washington leading the way. Both teams lead their respective divisions; Boston is 20-5-6 ,while the Caps are 22-5-5. Jaroslav Halak (7-2-3) will get the start in net for the Bruins. Despite the tough losses, the team took a mental but light approach to practice yesterday, and the positive energy bodes well for the team:
Washington is coming off a six game winning streak that snapped this past Monday after losing 2-5 to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Boston saw their eight game winning streak end this past Saturday, as they fell 1-4 to the Colorado Avalanche for their first regulation loss at home. Boston’s Patrice Bergeron made a big impact in his first game back, scoring the lone goal.
The Bruins will be coming off an embarrassing 2-5 loss to Ottawa this past Monday, in their first game of their road trip. As the team works on getting their energy back, the loss was a reminder that despite being in a good spot in the league, no one is immune (no matter who the opponent is):
“If you’re not competing hard on the puck, around the puck, on the puck, in the League, you’re not going to beat anybody. Ottawa was just better than us. They won more races, they were more competitive early on. Now we eventually got to our game, but again, it’s too late. We knew this would catch up to us, so another kind of learning experience for us.”Boston Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy
Boston’s Brad Marchand still leads the team with 46 points and is still fourth in the league. David Pastrnak is close with 45 points and still leads the team and league with 25 goals. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin leads the team with 21 goals (second in the league). John Carlson leads the team with points and assists. The Capitals are 15-1 against the Bruins in the last 16 meetings.
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH: Tonight, December 11th with puck drop at 7:00 pm
Heading Down South
After tonight bout, the Bruins will play their second game of a back-to back when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa is currently 15-11-3 and are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games The last time these two teams met in October, the Bruins fell 4-3 in a shoot-out. Nikita Kucherov leads the team in points and assists. Steven Stamkos leads the team in goals. They are currently sixth in the Atlantic Division.
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH: Saturday, December 12th with puck drop at 7:00 pm
The Bruins will then head off to face the Florida Panthers on Saturday at the BB&T Center. Florida has seen its team fighting for third and second position in the Atlantic behind the Bruins. They trail about 11 points behind Boston and are currently 15-10-5. The Panthers have been 5-5-0 in their last 10 games, and defeated the Bruins in a shoot-out back in November. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the team in points and assists. Brett Connolly leads with 14 goals.
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH: Saturday, December 14th with puck drop at 7:00 pm
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