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Preview: Bruins at Capitals

Washington seeks eighth straight home win; Boston tries for fourth consecutive victory

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

BRUINS (26-21-6) at CAPITALS (33-11-6)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SNE, SNO, NHL.TV

 

Bruins team scope

The Boston Bruins made their fourth goalie transaction in the past week Wednesday, recalling Zane McIntyre from Providence of the American Hockey League. McIntyre is 0-3-1 with a 3.95 goals-against average and .860 save percentage in seven games with the Bruins this season. Starter Tuukka Rask made 18 saves in a 4-3 win at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. "To be honest I felt like our will got better in the second and third," coach Claude Julien said of Boston's third consecutive win. "Our power play has been good lately. We're still in the middle of the pack because of our start but our special teams played a big role in this win." The Bruins did not have a morning skate, so it's not known whether Rask will start in back-to-back games. 

 

Capitals team scope

Braden Holtby will start in goal for the Washington Capitals, who will try to extend their home winning streak to eight games. Washington is 19-5-1 at home this season and has not lost in regulation at Verizon Center since Dec. 17. Holtby is 10-2-0 against the Bruins during his NHL career with three shutouts, a 1.69 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage; he is 8-0-0 with 14 goals allowed and three shutouts in his past nine starts. Backup Philipp Grubauer made 26 saves in a 3-2 loss at the New York Islanders on Tuesday. Forward Evgeny Kuznetsov was named the NHL First Star for January after scoring seven goals and 20 points in 15 games. "It's more about the team game," Kuznetsov said. "We all played great. Sometimes you get some points, some goals but that's work from all five guys on the ice. Of course that means a lot for my parents and my family. It's all about the team game and we all played great."

 

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Frank Vatrano -- David Krejci -- David Backes

Matt Beleskey -- Ryan Spooner -- Riley Nash

Tim Schaller -- Dominic Moore -- Jimmy Hayes

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

Colin Miller -- Kevan Miller

Zane McIntyre

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Austin Czarnik, Joe Morrow, John-Michael Liles

Injured: None

 

Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie

Marcus Johansson -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Justin Williams

Brett Connolly -- Lars Eller -- Andre Burakovsky

Daniel Winnik -- Jay Beagle -- Tom Wilson

Karl Alzner -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik -- Nate Schmidt

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Taylor Chorney, Chandler Stephenson

Injured: None

 

Status report

With McIntyre being recalled, goalie Anton Khudobin was assigned to Providence. … The Capitals assigned defenseman Christian Djoos to Hershey of the AHL on Wednesday.

 

Who's hot

Marchand has six points during a three-game point streak and has 20 points in his past 13 games. Bergeron has seven points in six games. Pastrnak has five points in his past four games. … Burakovsky has 12 points in nine games. Kuznetsov three goals and four points in his past two game. Ovechkin has six goals and 16 points in his past 11 games. Orlov has four points in four games. Oshie has 12 points in his past 10 games.

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