Game 59 preview: Capitals at Bruins

The Bruins return to the TD Garden ice for the first time since Feb. 8, facing a team they haven’t yet faced this season.

But if the Bruins aren’t familiar with the Capitals now, they will be by the end of March. The two teams play three times this month, including a return trip for Washington on Thursday. The Bruins head to Washington for the first time at the end of the month.

This game also kicks off a month in which the Bruins play 17 times, the same amount of games that they had last season during March.

Game time: 1 p.m.


TV/Radio: NHL Network/NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 37-16-5, Capitals 28-23-9

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Bruins will again be without Adam McQuaid, who was ruled out for this weekend’s games by Claude Julien. … The Bruins will travel after the game to New York, where they play the Rangers tomorrow. Washington will provide a tough test for the Bruins penalty killing unit. The Capitals are second in the NHL at 22.4 percent on the power play. The Bruins penalty kill is ranked 11th in the league, at 82.9 percent. … The referees are Rob Martell and Francois St. Laurent. The linesmen are Brad Kovachik and Kiel Murchison.

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