WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bruins are getting ready for the postseason – and on Tuesday night, that means many of the club’s regulars will be sitting out the regular-season finale versus the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena. With nothing on the line in the standings after clinching the 3rd seed in the East Department with Monday’s win over the Islanders, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is opting for a careful technique versus the B’s first-round opponent.
Boston will lack Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Taylor Hall, David Krejci, Craig Smith, Sean Kuraly, Charlie Coyle, Matt Grzelcyk, Charlie McAvoy, Mike Reilly, Brandon Carlo, Jeremy Lauzon, Kevan Miller, and Tuukka Rask
With a lot of the Bruins’ stalwarts sitting out, the club will use the video game as an opportunity to examine a few of its depth, consisting of youngsters Jack Studnicka, Zach Senyshyn, and Oskar Steen.
” We are generally a little banged up, so we’re going to use that opportunity to offer guys upkeep days,” said Cassidy. “Other people remain in the lineup to possibly reveal what our 4th line appears like in this particular environment. Who are the depth men, who comes in initially, 2nd, third at each position? So, you get another look at them, men that you have not seen in a while, like a Steen, a Senyshyn, that were here. We got healthy so they got pressed out.
” Studs is another man that hasn’t been here in a while, so how has the time in Providence benefitted him? There are some people in that list that have actually played here that we might or may not use as the playoffs go on. If we get where we want to go – we have actually gained from past experience – that you will require to reach down into your lineup.
” This is a seeing for them, a chance for them to show us. And that’s what we’re here to do, and in the meantime, win a hockey video game.”
Ondrej Kase will also remain after leaving Monday night’s game with what was described as an upper-body injury. The winger’s return to the lineup after 4 months with a concussion lasted merely two periods, though Cassidy stated on Tuesday early morning that his departure was unrelated to his previous injury and is likely more of a conditioning problem.
” It had been his first game in a long period of time, so I was told he simply didn’t feel like he was surviving it at where he required to be,” said Cassidy. “So, the training staff, they decided to state, ‘OK, let’s suffice short tonight and we’ll see where it ends up.’
” Undoubtedly, he’s not going to play tonight. We’ll have a much better assessment, Wednesday’s a day off for everybody. He’ll remain in to see the fitness instructors, so we’ll probably have a far better idea either Wednesday or Thursday of how he came out of it.”
The Bruins will return house to Boston following the game versus the Capitals and take a day of rest on Wednesday, before going back to Warrior Ice Arena for practices on Thursday and Friday in preparation of Video game 1 on Saturday night back in the country’s capital.
“[Wednesday], everyone’s off,” said Cassidy. “I just feel that after the quantity of time we’ve invested at the rink playing and the energy used up to play well … it’s excellent to have an also mental break, too. I believe we can get in the rink Thursday, begin our discussions about Washington tendencies, build those into practice, get our lights back under us. Friday, drill down a little more. I know that Saturday we’re beginning.
” I believe we have adequate time. I was happy to hear we weren’t starting right now, it was going to be Saturday, and even Sunday would have been fine for us. I believe after that, now you’re getting a little bit too long, now guys are hungry and they wish to start.
” I think it’s a good starting date for us would have been the weekend, and obviously it’s Saturday night.”
The Capitals will likewise be without a few of their stars with T.J. Oshie and John Carlson both out with lower-body injuries. Alex Ovechkin, also dealing with a lower-body ailment, is a game-time choice. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov remain in COVID procedure.
Vitek Vanecek will start in objective.
By The Numbers
- The Bruins and Capitals are meeting for the 171 st time in their histories with the Bruins having an 82-54-21-13 record and 546-483 scoring benefit in those games.
- The Bruins are 38-27-12 -8 vs. the Capitals all-time on the road with a 267-250 scoring edge in those 85 contests.
- The Bruins are 6-1-3 in their last 10 video games vs. Washington following an 0-11 -3 stretch in their previous 14 video games from Oct. 11, 2014 to Jan. 10,2019 They are 5-6-5 in their last 16 roadway video games vs. the Capitals.
- The Bruins are 4-1-2 vs. the Capitals in this season’s series up until now with a 4-3 OT loss in Washington on Jan. 30, a 5-3 roadway win on Feb. 1, a 2-1 shootout setback in Boston on March 3, a 5-1 house win on March 5, a 4-2 roadway triumph on April 8, an 8-1 home loss on April 11, and a 6-3 house win on April 18.