Above: Boston fan favorite Dennis Wideman

I’m the lone contributor to this blog to pick the Capitals over the Bruins in this series, rightly or wrongly, and I’m interested to see this game play out. I think the Caps could surprise a lot of people and I’m also concerned about the number of games the Bruins have played in the last 12 months. Will a perennial underachiever take the next step or will the defending champs remind everyone who’s boss?

Fast Facts

-This goaltending matchup will be interesting to start the series at the very least as Tim Thomas, the defending Conn Smythe winner, will take on Braden Holtby who has played 21 NHL games, none of which have come in the playoffs.

Braden Holtby against the Bruins this season: N/A
Tim Thomas against the Capitals this season: 1-1-1; 2.28 GAA; .921 SV%

-The Capitals are healthy everywhere except the crease where Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth are out with injuries. Neuvirth is expected to make a return at some point but Vokoun is very much up in the air. Johnny Boychuk is expected to return for Boston in game one, but Adam McQuaid and Tuukka Rask will have to wait at least another game. Nathan Horton has been ruled out for the entire postseason with his recurring concussion issues.

Projected Lineups (per morning skates):


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

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

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

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Bruins twitter

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