The Boston Bruins have had a few days to reset after a disappointing showing at the NHL Winter Classic in Foxborough on New Year's Day. It's been said by many that have played in the event that a loss in the Winter Classic is tougher than your normal regular-season losses due to the playoff-like feel to that game. Unfortunately for the Bruins, they have to play the Eastern Conference-leading Washington Capitals to try and bounce back.
The Capitals, meanwhile, have lost back-to-back games to the two teams at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division standings – the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets. That was the first time the Caps had lost consecutive games all season, but those losses followed a nine-game winning streak.
Washington earned a 4-1 win on home ice in early November. The Caps have also been one of the best road teams in the NHL with a 13-4-2 record, while the Bruins are 9-10-2 in Boston. So there's not a lot adding up favorably for the Bruins in this one.
Despite the defensive losses the Caps are dealing with, they've got Braden Holtby between the pipes and there hasn't been a goaltender better than him so far this year. Holtby owns a .932 save percentage, which is tops among goalies with at least 20 appearances, and is 24-4-2. Look for him to be the difference as the Bruins contend with missing two of their top scorers.