BRUINS (20-5-6) at CAPITALS (22-5-5)
7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS
The top two teams in the NHL standings will face off when the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins play at Capital One Arena on Wednesday.
Washington had its six-game win streak ended in a 5-2 loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday but leads the NHL with 49 points. Boston is second with 46.
The Bruins lost 5-2 against the Ottawa Senators on Monday and are 0-2-1 in their past three games, their second-longest winless streak of the season; they went 0-2-2 from Nov. 5-12.
The Capitals are 15-1-0 in their past 16 games against the Bruins, including a 3-2 shootout win at Boston on Nov. 16.
Players to watch
Bruins forward David Pastrnak leads the NHL with 25 goals but has not scored in his past four games.
Capitals goalie Braden Holtby is 17-3-0 with a 1.81 goals-against-average, .944 save percentage and four shutouts in 20 games against the Bruins.
They said it
"We're trying to find our game. They lost the other night, they had a big winning streak, so I don't know where they're at. I'm sure they'll be fine. We're more concerned about ourselves, but still the opposition tonight should get our attention." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy
"It's going to be a good matchup. Two teams coming [off] losses against teams that are lower than us in the standings. These are the games you get up for and it should be a good one." -- Capitals forward Carl Hagelin
Bruins projected lineup
Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Danton Heinen
Anders Bjork -- Charlie Coyle -- Brett Ritchie
Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo
John Moore -- Matt Grzelcyk
Scratched: Connor Clifton, Par Lindholm, David Backes
Injured: Kevan Miller (knee), Zach Senyshyn (lower body), Karson Kuhlman (fractured tibia)
Capitals projected lineup
Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- T.J. Oshie
Carl Hagelin -- Lars Eller -- Richard Panik
Brendan Leipsic -- Nic Dowd -- Garnet Hathaway
Michal Kempny -- John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov -- Nick Jensen
Jonas Siegenthaler -- Radko Gudas
Scratched: Travis Boyd
Cassidy said Rask will start in goal at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. … Boyd is a healthy scratch for the second straight game.
Halak is 9-10-1 with a 2.75 GAA, .904 save percentage and one shutout in 22 games against the Capitals. … The Bruins have scored three goals or fewer in each of their past seven games. … The Capitals have not lost consecutive games in regulation this season. … Backstrom has 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in his past 15 games against the Bruins.