WASHINGTON – Good morning from the Verizon Center, where the Bruins will start a four-game road trip this afternoon against the Capitals.
This could be a possible first-round meeting. Washington is in ninth place. The Capitals are one of four teams with 80 points. Columbus, Detroit, and Toronto are the others.
The Capitals gave the Bruins their last regulation loss. Washington beat the Bruins on March 1, 4-2. The Bruins have gained points in the 14 games since that loss.
Puck drop: 12:30 p.m.
TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Jamie Erdahl), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Records: Bruins 50-17-6, Capitals 34-27-12
Projected Bruins lineup:
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
Healthy scratches: Jordan Caron, Andrej Meszaros, Corey Potter
Storylines: The Bruins will be pushing for their eighth straight road win. This is their second-longest road winning streak since 2008-09. They haven’t lost on regulation on the road since Jan. 9, when they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Kings… Assuming Tuukka Rask starts today, he will be aiming for his 100th career win… The Capitals have the best power play in the league (24 percent). They’ve also gone on the power play a league-leading 262 times. In comparison, the Bruins only have 203 PP chances… Tim Peel and Frederick L’Ecuyer will be the referees. Tim Nowak and Pierre Racicot will be the linesmen.