WASHINGTON ? Good morning from the Verizon Center, where the Bruins will play their last game before the All-Star break tonight against the Capitals.
Washington will be without Alex Ovechkin, who was suspended last night for three games. Ovechkin was called for charging on Sunday on Pittsburgh?s Zbynek Michalek.
Andrew Ference will serve the second-game of his three-match suspension tonight. Nathan Horton is doubtful because of a suspected mild concussion.
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 31-13-2, Capitals 25-19-3
Projected Bruins lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Zach Hamill
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Steven Kampfer-Adam McQuaid
Healthy scratch: none
Storylines: Rich Peverley will most likely replace Horton on the first line. Peverley skated in Horton?s place in the third period of Sunday?s 6-5 shootout win over the Flyers? No telling if Tim Thomas will care to explain yesterday's actions. On his statement last night, Thomas said he does not plan on discussing it again... Ovechkin might pull out of the All-Star Game today. Given the game?s irrelevance, Ovechkin is making the right move? Old friend Dennis Wideman is leading the Washington defensemen in scoring (8-25?33). Wideman is an unrestricted free agent at year?s end? Chris Lee and Don VanMassenhoven will be the referees. Steve Miller and Greg Devorski will be the linesmen.