WASHINGTON – Good morning from Washington, where the Bruins will play their final regular-season road game tonight against the Capitals.
The Bruins brought their full squad to Washington yesterday, minus Jaromir Jagr (flu-like symptoms) and Nathan Horton (upper-body injury). The Bruins are still fighting for second place in the Eastern Conference, so they will presumably dress their playoff roster against the Capitals.
Puck drop: 7 p.m.
TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Records: Bruins 28-13-5, Capitals 26-18-3
Projected Bruins lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Kaspars Daugavins
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Adam McQuaid
Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Dougie Hamilton, Jay Pandolfo
Storylines: Montreal plays at Toronto tonight. The Bruins and Canadiens are tied with 61 points. But Montreal currently owns the tiebreaker, which is regulation plus overtime wins… Washington has the top power play in the NHL (25.8 percent). It revolves around Alex Ovechkin, who is making his case for the Hart Trophy as the league MVP… John Erskine, unavailable for the last meeting between the two clubs, might come calling on Adam McQuaid. McQuaid and Shawn Thornton tried to goad Matt Hendricks into a fight during their last game. Hendricks chose McQuaid… It’s possible Jagr could travel to Washington today and be in the lineup tonight… Brian Pochmara and Eric Furlatt will be the referees. Jean Morin and Pierre Racicot will be the linesmen.