Something to look for: Washington has killed off all 21 shorthanded situations it has faced through five games, one of two teams -- with the Florida Panthers -- perfect on the penalty kill this year. It is the longest stretch the Capitals have gone without allowing a power-play goal (in terms of games) since a six-game stretch from Feb. 8-20.
Despite the half-hour later start, doors at Verizon Center will open at their normal time of 6:00 pm.
BOS: Nathan Horton (3-2-5, +1), David Krejci (0-4-4, +1), Tim Thomas (2-0-0, 0.50, .984)
WAS: Alex Ovechkin (4-4-8, +2), John Carlson (1-5-6, even), Michael Neuvirth (4-1-0, 2.16, .930)
BOS: D Andrew Ference (Thumb-PROB)
WAS: RW Matt Bradley (LBI-OUT), D Mike Green (sholder-QUE), Boyd Gordon (undisclosed-QUE), Marcus Johansson (foot-PROB), Tom Poti (LBI-PROB), John Carlson (LBI-PROB)