CAPITALS (18-11-4) at BRUINS (16-10-4)
TV -- RDS, CSN-DC+ (HD), NESN (HD)
Last 10 --
Washington 3-5-2; Boston 4-4-2
Season series --
This is the teams' fourth and final meeting of the regular season. The Bruins swept a home-and-home set in mid-October before losing 5-3 in Washington on Nov. 5.
Big story --
The Capitals are desperate for a win. They've lost seven straight, including five in regulation. The Bruins also are slumping, having lost three straight for the first time all season.
The team's juggernaut offense has been missing in action the past two weeks. During their seven-game slide, they've scored just nine goals, and four of them came in one game. After a 2-1 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, the Caps' Brooks Laich
said he felt the team was coming out of its funk.
"When they're not going in, they're not going in," Laich said. "But I thought our team did a great job without the puck. If we play like that, we are going to get rewarded for it."
Against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, the Bruins fell behind for the third straight game and lost for the third straight game. Goaltender Tim Thomas
even looked somewhat human, allowing four goals on 41 shots in the Bruins' 4-3 loss.
"We dug ourselves a hole again and tried to claw out of it but it's tough to continue to claw out of those holes each and every night," forward Blake Wheeler said.
Who's hot --
With 9 goals in seven games, all losses, no one on the Caps can be classified as hot right now. Coach Bruce Boudreau looked pretty hot under the collar during the first episode of "24/7," but that's about it. ... Boston's Milan Lucic
scored Thursday; he has 6 goals and 3 assists in his last nine games.
Injury report --
Capitals leading scorer Alexander Semin
and center Marcus Johansson
are questionable with flu-like symptoms. Center Boyd Gordon (lower body) and defenseman Jeff Schultz
(broken thumb) are out. ... Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart (broken finger) is out.
Stat pack --
The Caps' power play has just two goals in its last 25 chances. ... Bruins center David Krejci
fought Montreal's Michael Cammalleri during Thursday's game. Krejci had three minor penalties in his 22 previous games this season.
Puck drop --
"I thought we did everything we could. I see us winning a lot of hockey games in the future. Right now, it's frustrating." -- Caps coach Bruce Boudreau