The Washington Capitals will try to break a seven-game winless streak when they play the Boston Bruins at 1:15 p.m. today at Boston Garden (WDCA-TV-20), the first of two weekend road games.
On Sunday the Capitals will travel to Madison Square Garden for a 7:35 p.m. game with the last team they defeated, the New York Rangers. On Jan. 3, the Capitals beat the Rangers, 4-3, in the Garden, but since have lost to Quebec, St. Louis and Winnipeg and tied Los Angeles, Edmonton, Detroit and the New York Islanders.
Just past the halfway point in the season, the Capitals (12-27-7) are in last place in the NHL's Patrick Division with eight fewer wins than the next-to-last place team, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Coach Bryan Murray says the Capitals have performed relatively well in recent games and he plans no major roster changes. Al Jensen will start in goal today.
Last Sunday, Jensen blocked 34 shots as the Capitals held the Islanders to a 2-2 tie in one of their better performances of the season.
On Thursday the Bruins (27-14-6) beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, for their first victory in four games. They are in second place in the NHL's Adams Division.
The Rangers (21-19-6) defeated the Islanders, 3-2, Wednesday in their last game. The Capitals and the Rangers play again Wednesday in Washington's next home game.