The Boston Bruins have gone 11 straight meetings without beating the Washington Capitals, and on Thursday they will send out backup goaltender Anton Khudobin to try and end that slide on the road at Capital One Arena.
In order to do that, however, the Bruins offense will have to find a way past Caps netminder Braden Holtby, who is 9-0-0 with a 1.55 goals against average and .950 save percentage against Boston.
The two sides each enter Thursday on the second game of a back-to-back, however the respective results from Wednesday were far different. Washington dropped a 1-0 decision on the road to the New York Rangers, while Boston ran through the Ottawa Senators 5-1 at TD Garden.
Here are the projected lines and defensive pairings for Thursday night’s Bruins vs. Capitals game:
BOSTON BRUINS (20-10-5)
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — David Pastrnak
Danton Heinen — Riley Nash — David Backes
Jake DeBrusk — Ryan Spooner — Anders Bjork
Tim Schaller — Sean Kuraly — Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara — Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug — Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk — Kevan Miller
WASHINGTON CAPITALS (22-13-3)
Alexander Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — T.J. Oshie
Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly
Devante Smith-Pelly — Jay Beagle — Alex Chiasson
Brooks Orpik — John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen
Christian Djoos — Madison Bowey
Thumbnail photo via Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports Images.