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Published: May 17, 2021 (4 weeks ago)

The 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs start Saturday with the Boston Bruins taking on the Washington Capitals in the East Division matchup. The Athletic’s writers will be making their straight up predictions for each game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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The Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals saw a lot of each other this year.

They’re about to see a whole lot more of one another.

The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has arrived, and the second-seeded Capitals are set to face the third-seeded Bruins. It’ll be the first time the two sides have met in the postseason since 2012, when a thrilling opening-round set concluded with Washington ending Boston’s title defense in seven games.

BOSTON – During a normal year, perhaps Capitals defenseman Zdeno Chara would have some “secret intel” that he could impart on his current teammates as they gear up for a first-round playoff series against his former team of 14 seasons. On the flip side, maybe the Bruins would have the inside scoop on how best to combat against the 6-foot-9 blue liner.

But the 2020-21 campaign was far from normal. Over the course of the last four months, the Bruins and Capitals have squared off eight times, more than twice as much as they would during a typical NHL slate.

As such, there is little that the two East Division foes don’t know about each other.

“What they’d be able to watch studying us on film is the same that Zee could tell them anyway. I don’t know if there’s a cheat sheet or anything,” said Charlie McAvoy. “We’ve played them so many times this year. It’s always fun to line up against Zee. Obviously, we have a special bond, but this is the Bruins vs. the Capitals.”

That it is. And it’s a matchup that in most years would likely come much later in the postseason. But the current format for this most unconventional campaign dictates that the two heavyweights must do battle in the opening round beginning with Game 1 on Saturday night at Capital One Arena.

“It’s no secret that Washington’s a team that has high energy, plays physical, has got high-end talent and is very deep throughout the lineup,” said Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron. “For us, it’s about what we can bring against that. I think we kind of have some of the same attributes where we can play that heavy game, but also, we play a high-energy fast game.

“It’s gonna be playoff hockey. That’s what we expect and that’s what we’re looking forward to.”

The start of the first round also marks a return to some level of normality after last summer’s postseason occurred in a bubble scenario in Toronto. With the COVID-19 pandemic beginning to weaken its grip, the playoffs – at least in the United States – will look far more like they have in the past, especially with many arenas continuing to increase capacity limits. Both Boston and Washington will allow up to 25% capacity.

“It does feel a lot more normal or like it used to be in years past,” said Bergeron, who ranks second behind Chara in Bruins history with 149 career postseason games on his resume, one behind his longtime teammate. “The exception might be the attendance but still just [on Monday] going back to 25 percent at home I felt the difference. It was great, was great to have. I thought it was perfect timing before playoffs. Traveling, two games on the road, two games back at home and then one, one, one. It’s back to regular playoffs. We’re looking forward to that.”

T.J. Oshie has probably been the most consistent on the power play for the Capitals. He led his team with 13 goals on special teams and scored the most against the Bruins, netting three goals. Overall, he had four power-play points facing the B’s. He scored those three goals in his last three games against the Bruins from April 8 to April 18.

Alex Ovechkin registered three power-play points in eight games against the Bruins with one goal and two assists. Ovechkin hit a milestone with his man-advantage play this season, surpassing Brett Hull to become the No. 2 all-time power-play goal scorer with 269 goals. In the regular season, he accumulated nine power-play goals and 12 assists for a total of 17 points.

Nicklas Backstrom led his team with 22 man-advantage points and registered three of those on assists against the B’s. Although he’s been fairly quiet on the power play lately, he’ll be one the Bruins should keep an eye on for set-ups.

John Carlson has also not been as productive recently for the Caps’ special teams, but he has registered one goal and two assists on the power-play in his seven games against the Bruins.

The Capitals have 13 players on their roster who’ve registered at least one point for their power play.

The Bruins have four players with 13-18 power-play points this season. Against the Capitals however, those four only registered two assists, both on the same goal back on January 30.

While Nick Ritchie potted one of the three goals, the limited production the Bruins have seen against the Capitals this season on the man-advantage has come more from the second unit. Craig Smith has two power-play goals against Washington. Charlie Coyle has assists on both of those goals, with Jake DeBrusk and Jakub Zboril picking up an assist each.

Overall, the Bruins have 12 players on the active roster who’ve contributed in some way on the power play.

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron each have an assist against the Caps’ penalty kill, but both on the same goal. Krejci has four power-play assists in his last seven games and overall, 16 points. Bergeron led the Bruins with seven power-play goals, but has only picked up one point in 18 games on the man-advantage.

David Pastrnak had 14 power-play points during the season, with two assists in his last four games. His last goal on the power play was March 18.

Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 18 power-play points in the regular season, with four goals and 14 assists. Although he didn’t register any power-play points against the Caps, Brad Marchand picked up three power-play points in his last three games as the first special teams’ unit showed improvement on the man-advantage in May.

In the last seven games of the regular season, the Bruins netted five goals on the power-play, to be 27.8% on the man-advantage. The Bruins had struggled on the power play for a while, and at times it had seemed like a disadvantage for them to have the extra attacker. Although it looked worrisome during the second half of the season, it showed improvement to close out the regular schedule.

Heading into the postseason, things MIGHT be turning around just in time.

But the Bruins will have to play a disciplined game to keep the Capitals’ advantage as low as possible during the series – a task which is likely going to be hard.