12/10/19 By Jenna Kase
The Boston Bruins’ eight game winning streak was cut short in an overtime loss against the Chicago Blackhawks on December 5th. Since then, the Bruins have been struggling to get back into the win column as they have lost their last three games. Tomorrow night, the Bruins travel to the nation’s capital to faceoff against the Washington Capitals.
Despite sitting at the top of the Atlantic Division, the B’s have been struggling as of late. Even with the return of first line center Patrice Bergeron, the Bruins couldn’t manage to pull off a win against a struggling Ottawa team. However even after missing seven games with a lower body injury, Bergeron made his mark on the game by scoring on goal off a one-timer from David Pastrnak at 17:48 in the first. Additionally, Bergeron registered a team-high six shots, three of which came on the power play.
The B’s held the Senators to only three shots in the third period in Monday night’s game and they’ll look to play the same lockdown defense against the Washington Capitals tomorrow night. The Caps lead the Metropolitan Division with 49 points behind Alex Ovechkin’s team-high 20 goals and John Carlson’s 32 assists and 43 points.
On paper, the two teams are fairly similar as the Bruins hold a 20-5-6 record whereas the Caps have posted a record of 22-5-6 thus far. Even with two games in hand on the Caps, the Bruins have registered similar statistics as Brad Marchand has recorded 44 points to Carlson’s 43. Marchand’s 44 points comes as a result of 18 goals and 26 assists whereas Carlson’s 43 points comes from 11 goals and 32 assists. In their last five, the B’s have posted only two wins as opposed to the Caps’ four. The Bruins and Capitals are both coming off of a 5-2 loss against the Senators and Blue Jackets, respectively.
The two top teams in the Eastern Conference are each looking to get out of a rut during tomorrow’s game. The Bruins will battle the Capitals Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. at Capital One Arena.