The Bruins have nothing to play for but pride today in Washington, so head coach Claude Julien is giving four of his best players the day off.

Zdeno Chara, Mark Recchi and Patrice Bergeron will all be healthy scratches, according to the Globe Bruins Blog. Also, Tim Thomas will start in net and Tuukka Rask will sit.

The only game of meaning to the Bruins today is the New Jersey-Buffalo contest, which will determine Boston’s first-round opponent.