In order to avoid dropping a third game to the Boston Bruins this season -- something that has not occurred in regulation games since the 1998-99 season -- the Capitals believe they must play a patient, simple style of game that mirrors their opportunistic foes.
"Any time you try to force things against these guys, that's when you get in trouble," Jason Chimera said. "We've just got to get it deep and win it ugly. A lot of times we [have plays] that are very good looking with a lot of nice passes, a lot of nice goals. This is one of those games where we have to grind it down low, we've just got to get pucks in deep if we get pucks in deep they can't trap it up -- that's the biggest thing."
Michal Neuvirth will make his 12th start of the season and will oppose Tim Thomas and his league leading GAA (0.72) and save percentage (.977). D.J. King and Marcus Johansson, who did skate in warm-up but did not participate in line rushes, are the scratches.
Based on warm-up here's what the lineup should look like: