With single-game tickets now on sale, CSNWashington.com is counting down the top 10 must-see Capitals games in 2013-14 (the countdown includes both home and away games).
As colleague Brian McNally noted earlier this month, the Capitals will host and visit every NHL team at least once for the first time since 1997-98.
Below is a look at the countdown so far:
GAME #4: MARCH 29, 2014: CAPITALS VS. BOSTON BRUINS
When the Capitals return from the Olympic break in late February, they will finish the season in sprint-mode with 23 games over the season’s final 45 days.
March will be particularly demanding with 15 games in 30 days, including four sets of back-to-backs plus three games in California and three games against the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins.
In an odd scheduling quirk, the Capitals’ entire three-game season series against Boston will be played in March with two games at TD Garden on March 1 and March 6, and the Bruins lone visit to D.C. on March 29.
By the time the Capitals and Bruins meet for the first time next season, the Caps will have already wrapped up their season series against seven other Eastern Conference opponents.
BIG BAD BRUINS:
The physically imposing, blue collar Bruins are a difficult team to play against even at the best of times. Squaring off with the playoff-tested Bruins three times in March- when all teams seem to ramp up the intensity and play ‘playoff hockey’- won’t be easy. The Capitals though, should be up for the challenge based on their head-to-head history with Boston in recent seasons.
The Capitals and Bruins have had a few classic battles over the years, highlighted by their first round series in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
All seven games of that series were decided by one goal (a first in NHL history), including four in overtime. The Capitals eventually upset the defending Stanley Cup champions and goaltender Tim Thomas hasn’t been heard from since.
Regular season and postseason combined, 11 of the last 12 Caps-Bruins games have been decided by one goal, including a pair of overtime wins by the Capitals at Verizon Center last season.
Given the tight battles that the Capitals and Bruins have had over the years, not to mention the timing of their March 29 showdown in D.C. next season, the Caps’ 74th game of the 2013-14 season is one worth circling.