CAPITALS (37-12-6) at BRUINS (23-21-9)
Capitals 10-0-0; Bruins 1-7-2
This is the second of four meetings between the teams, and first since opening night on Oct. 1. Brooks Laich
and Alex Ovechkin
each had 2 goals and an assist in a 4-1 Washington win in Boston.
Can anyone slow the Washington juggernaut? Ten straight wins, nearly five goals per game, and almost a completely healthy lineup.
Despite their long win streak, Washington coach Bruce Boudreau hasn't been particularly pleased with how his team has played the last two games -- a 4-1 defeat of Florida and a 3-2 win against Tampa Bay. The Caps surrendered 36 shots against the Panthers, and blew a 2-0 lead against the Lightning, requiring a third-period goal from Ovechkin to prolong their win streak.
"If these two games were on the road I don't know if we would have had that energy to bounce back," Boudreau told reporters Monday. "We're hoping this has been our lull and we can get back to where we want to play."
Last season, the Bruins were second in the League in scoring with 3.24 goals per game; this season, they're last at 2.34. What's the difference? Nothing, said coach Claude Julien.
"We haven't changed our system at all this year except to try and improve with our forecheck a little bit more," Julien told reporters Monday. "Last year we were second in the League in scoring, this year we're not. It's not because we said we scored too much last year, let's pull back. We're trying to do the same things."
Who's Hot --
Washington's Alexander Semin
is riding a nine-game scoring streak, during which he's scored 6 goals and 16 points. … Boston forward Mark Recchi has just one goal in his last 11 games, but seeing the Capitals could change those fortunes. In 93 career games against Washington, he has 47 goals and 108 points.
Injury Report --
Capitals defenseman Mike Green
is healthy, but he'll sit out the second of his three-game suspension. … The Bruins will be without defenseman Mark Stuart, who had surgery Monday to fix a broken finger suffered in a fight with the Kings' Wayne Simmonds on Saturday. Julien said he expects Stuart to be out until after the Olympic break.
Stat Pack --
The Capitals are scoring more than half a goal per game than any other team in the League. Since the 1997-98 season, the next-biggest spread is Detroit averaging 0.33 goals per game more than any other team in the League in the 1999-2000 season.
Puck Drop --
The fathers of the Capitals players will be accompanying their sons on the road trip, which starts in Boston on Tuesday and continues to Madison Square Garden on Thursday. Before the game Tuesday, the fathers will take a tour of the Sam Adams brewery.
"I hope they make it to the game," said a joking Boudreau. "They'll be loud. Better security around them, I hope."