The Washington Capitals have a chance to pull themselves back into the playoff picture Thursday night, but they'll have to do it under difficult conditions.
The Caps will pay a visit to Boston to face the Bruins (7 p.m., NHLN), who have won three straight and five of six. With a win, the defending champions will clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In a showdown for the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference on Tuesday, the Capitals were throttled 5-1 at home by the Buffalo Sabres. The Caps could move into a tie with the Sabres with a win, but Buffalo would still be considered the eighth-place team by virtue of playing fewer games.
The Capitals have taken two of three from the Bruins this season, including a 4-3 victory at TD Garden on March 10.