The Eastern Division game will open the 2021 NHL playoff program, so we will once again face a battle of bright and attacking teams, "Washington" against "Boston". The start of the game is scheduled for May 16 at 02: 30 Moscow time. Our portal has prepared its forecast for this confrontation for you.
Washington has shown excellent form this season, which allowed the team to take the final second place in the division. Now the Russian legionnaires are out, and if Ovechkin managed to recover from the injury, then Kuznetsov and Samsonov will miss the game for disciplinary reasons. In previous meetings, the team managed to get a lot of victories, including over Boston in the last game of the regular season.
Recently, the bears managed to get in good shape. So after a disastrous start to the season and problems with the coronavirus, the Boston players regained their place in the playoffs and even clung to third place. The team's defense looks balanced, and the frame has gained form by the end of the Raasc championship, which is very important before the playoff meetings. This season, Boston managed to win twice in Washington, so they have a positive experience of playing against the Capitals.
Injuries and disqualifications:
Washington - Malensteen (achilles injury), Lundqvist (heart problems), Kuznetsov (injury unknown).
Boston - Moore (illness), Kase (lower body injury).
Statistics and figures
- The last match between these teams ended in a 2-1 victory for Washington.
- Boston has two wins in its last five games.
- Washington has a two-game winning streak at home.
It is difficult to single out a favorite in this meeting, because both teams have experienced and balanced lineups. "Washington" has been showing itself well recently, but has some disagreements within the team and a lot of injuries, but "Boston" has many people back from the infirmary and are ready to fight for victories. I expect a hard game and few goals.