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Braden Holtby, Milan Lucic

NHL on NBCSN: Fighting for playoffs spot, Bruins hope third time’s the charm vs. Caps


NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign tonight with a doubleheader. The first of the two contests will feature the Washington Capitals hosting the Boston Bruins, with the puck scheduled to drop at 8:00 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

Boston has won five straight games to keep itself in the playoff race, but with the Ottawa Senators’ surge continuing, it hasn’t been enough to secure a postseason berth for the Bruins.

A loss against the Washington Capitals tonight won’t push the Bruins out of the playoff picture, but it would make the margin of error for Boston significantly smaller in its final two contests against Florida and Tampa Bay. Maintaining the winning streak will be tough for the Bruins against the similarly hot Capitals, but Boston at least caught a bit of a break during Tuesday’s practice.

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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was back on the ice after being held off on Monday. He had been labeled as day-to-day, but Bruins coach Claude Julien now seems optimistic about Chara’s chances of being available for tonight’s game.

That would certainly be a boost, although it might not be enough. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby has already earned two shutouts against Boston this season. Washington forward Nicklas Backstrom has also been a thorn in the Bruins’ side with four points over those two games.

“We’re not here certainly feeling overconfident,” said Julien, per the team’s website. “Because we still haven’t scored on them yet in two games, so we need to be better there tomorrow and find a way to get past their goaltender.”

Perhaps Ryan Spooner will ultimately be the one to solve Washington. Since being called up on Feb. 21, Spooner has been a key forward for Boston with eight goals and 18 points in 21 games. If not for his efforts, Boston might not be in a playoff position going into today’s action.

“We talk about bringing some young legs in, we talk about speed, we talk about skill — (Spooner’s) been able to bring that,” Julien said. “When he was here the first few times, he just brought portions of that. Now, he’s brought it all, and it’s made a big difference in his game. It’s made a big difference in our game.”

Washington has already secured a postseason berth, but the Capitals still need these two points. As things currently stand, it looks like they’ll be in for a tough battle against the New York Islanders in the first round. What remains to be seen is which team will have the home-ice advantage in that series and a win tonight would certainly help Washington as it tries to clinch the second seed in the Metropolitan Division.

Chara practices, expected to play Wednesday versus Caps

Boston Bruins Vs. Toronto Maple Leafs At TD Garden

The Boston Bruins should have Zdeno Chara in the lineup tomorrow in Washington; the big captain was back at practice today after missing yesterday.

“It feels good,” he said, per the Bruins’ website. “I practiced today. We had a good practice and worked on a few things, getting ready for Washington.”

Chara’s absence Monday came two days after he blocked a shot off his ankle versus Toronto.

“I mean, we all block shots, we all do whatever it takes to win, and that situation obviously I decided to make a play by blocking and that was it,” he said.

One key defenseman the Bruins will not have for the Capitals game is Dougie Hamilton (ribs). He skated by himself today, but won’t travel with the team to Washington.

The Bruins also play Thursday and Saturday at Florida and Tampa Bay, respectively.

Related: Playoff watch — what the bubble teams need to do

Chara misses practice, is day-to-day after blocking shot off ankle

Boston Bruins Vs. Toronto Maple Leafs At TD Garden

Zdeno Chara missed practiced today and is reportedly day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Coach Claude Julien called it a “maintenance day” and said Chara may be able to practice tomorrow.

Chara was reportedly “hobbled” when he dropped down to block a shot off his ankle Saturday versus Toronto. He was not forced from the game, however.

The Bruins announced this morning that they’d recalled defenseman Joe Morrow from AHL Providence on an emergency basis.

Boston has three games left in the regular season, all of them on the road. The B’s play Wednesday in Washington, Thursday in Florida, and Saturday in Tampa Bay.

Related: Playoff watch — what the bubble teams need to do