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As early season games go, the NHL picked a fun pairing for an opening contest. Both Washington and Boston have been consistently good but one is decidedly healthier and ready to open the season with the win.
Washington enters this season looking to make the playoffs for the ninth straight year. The team has made it into the playoffs 14 of the last 15 seasons; so if you want to also make a futures bet, the Caps to the playoffs is a near lock. It is one of only two teams (Islanders) that have at least seven players on the active roster for the last seven seasons. Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, TJ Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Tom Wilson all enter their eighth year together. Backstrom and Wilson will sit this one out but that will not impact outcome.
Washington also made one of the biggest additions in the off-season by inking former Colorado Avalanche goalie Darcy Kuemper to a five-year deal. Kuemper led the Avs to a Stanley Cup title last year with a 37-12-4 record and just a 2.54 goals-against average.
Coach Peter Laviolette is now in his third year with the team. It had a 100-point season last year despite leading the league with 288-man games last to injury. Having (mostly) everyone healthy to open this year is a decided advantage.
Really, it is a formula to start the season strong for Washington.
Boston opted to change coaches after a 51-26-5 record last year, bringing in Jim Montgomery. Montgomery is tasked with getting the team to score more, communicate better, and perhaps more importantly, ride out the rough waters.
Forward Brad Marchand and defenseman Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk are all slated to be out for six-plus weeks and despite a relatively stable roster the first month will be interesting. Montgomery may pair Patrice Bergeron (usually with Marchand) with a prospect like Fabian Lysell or play it by feel for a while. Either way it will not be cohesive to hit the ice.
The Bruins were middle of the pack last season in scoring (15th overall) and it is down some of its best players. Washington can score, and added an elite goaltender.
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