The Bruins still have a few days to prepare for their first-round series with the Capitals. And they may need the time to strategize after going 1-3-0 against Washington this season.

The Capitals struggled mightily early on in the year but made a strong push toward the end of the season to lock up the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. Alex Ovechkin has had his statistically least productive season in the NHL, and the Caps have been riddled by injuries all season. But one major piece to Washington's puzzle did come back just in time for the playoffs.

Nicklas Backstrom, a 24-year-old forward and former 100-point scorer, returned to action during the last few games of the season and looks ready to help Washington make a deep playoff run.

The Washington Examiner's Brian McNally called into NESN Daily on Monday night to discuss the Capitals' outlook heading into the postseason and Backstrom's impact on the team.

Check out the video above to learn more about Backstrom and the Capitals heading into Thursday's series opener.