What have you done lately? The Bruins have a busy start to the 2014-15 season, with seven games in 11 days. Tonight's game concludes their first of 19 sets of three games in four nights. Boston won the season opener Wednesday with a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden. The Bruins lost to the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Thursday at Joe Louis Arena. The Capitals dropped their season opener 2-1 to the Montreal Canadiens in a shootout Thursday at Verizon Center in Washington.
Coming around: Most fans are asking what is wrong with Milan Lucic. Simple answer: nothing. It's been only two games and already Lucic is answering questions about his play. The guy spent 12 weeks of the offseason with his left wrist in a cast, so it will take him a little bit of time to return to form. Plus, since David Krejci remains sidelined, Bruins coach Claude Julien has Lucic playing on the third line with Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser. Once Krejci returns, it's likely he will be reunited with Lucic. After the team's morning skate Saturday, Lucic admitted he needs to play better. Julien likes that his player acknowledged it, but the coach would rather see it on the ice. "Well, you can hold yourself accountable, but we want to see better play," Julien said. "That's what's going to make a player accountable; not just saying it but going out there and showing that he wants to be better."
Masked men: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask will make his third consecutive start Saturday night. He played back-to-back games to start the season on Wednesday and Thursday and posted a 1-1-0 record against the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings. The Bruins had Friday off, so Rask will be back between the pipes against the Capitals. In seven career games against Washington, he has a 1-3-3 record, a 2.99 goals-against average and an .891 save percentage, including one shutout. Braden Holtby gets the nod for the Capitals. He stopped 23 of 24 shots Thursday against the Canadiens but suffered a 2-1 shootout loss. Holtby has a 4-2-0 record with a 2.49 GAA and a .930 SP in six career games against the Bruins.
Injury updates: Top-line Bruins center David Krejci skated Saturday for the first time since suffering an undisclosed injury in the final preseason game a week ago. Since he was placed on IR, he's not eligible to play until Monday's matinee game against the Colorado Avalanche. Bruins coach Claude Julien has a rule that injured players are not allowed to speak with the media until they are cleared to play. After Saturday's morning skate, Krejci jokingly said, "I can chat, but I can't talk." Also, forward Gregory Campbell (midcore injury) participated in the morning skate but has not been cleared for contact, and there's still no timetable on his possible return.
Here are the lines, defensive pairings and starting goaltender based on the Bruins' morning skate:
Milan Lucic-Ryan Spooner-Matt Fraser