Something will have to give at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., tonight when the team with the league’s best road points percentage — the Boston Bruins — visits the team with the league’s second-best (and the East’s top) points percentage — the Washington Capitals.
The last time these opposing forces clashed, the home-standing Capitals prevailed. That’s the last time the Bruins lost a road game. The Bruins have since won seven straight on foreign ice. They’ve also won four in a row overall, while the Caps just snapped a three-game losing streak with an emotional win over Pittsburgh Wednesday.
It stands to reason the Caps would be tough to beat at home, as they have the second change and it becomes difficult for opponents to match up their best defensemen or defensive forwards against superstar Alexander Ovechkin. That will be the tough task tonight for Bruins head coach Claude Julien, who will try to get Zdeno Chara on the ice as often as possible against Alexander the Great. (more…)