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Game 1: Capitals at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  April 12, 2012 09:48 AM

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Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will start their Stanley Cup defense tonight against the Capitals.

The Bruins went 1-2-1 against Washington during the regular season. Their most recent setback was a 3-2 shootout loss on March 29.

Defenseman Adam McQuaid (eye/head) will not play. Defenseman Johnny Boychuk (knee) is likely to be in the lineup.

Puck drop: 7:38 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Playoffs records: Capitals 0-0, Bruins 0-0

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Brian Rolston
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Greg Zanon-Joe Corvo

Tim Thomas
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Jordan Caron, Mike Mottau

Projected Capitals lineup:

Alex Ovechkin-Brooks Laich-Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera-Nicklas Backstrom-Alexander Semin
Matt Hendricks-Jay Beagle-Marcus Johansson
Keith Aucoin-Mathieu Perreault-Joel Ward

Karl Alzner-John Carlson
Jeff Schultz-Dennis Wideman
Roman Hamrlik-Mike Green

Braden Holtby
Dany Sabourin

Healthy scratches: Dmitry Orlov, Mike Knuble, Cody Eakin

Storylines: The Bruins will deploy Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg against Alex Ovechkin’s line. They should also have reinforcements in Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Tyler Seguin, their best matchup line … Anton Khudobin will most likely back up Tim Thomas tonight. Tuukka Rask is progressing in his recovery, but might not be ready until later in the series … Washington averaged only 9.4 penalty minutes per game (sixth-least in NHL) … Andrew Ference will appear in his 100th career NHL playoff game tonight… Stephen Walkom and Ian Walsh will be the referees. Jean Morin and Derek Nansen will be the linesmen.


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