Alex Ovechkin will start at left wing alongside Nick Backstrom and Anthony Mantha. It will be only Ovechkin’s second game since April 22 due to a lower-body injury, with his one appearance lasting less than a minute on May 3 before the injury was reaggravated.
The 35-year-old has 24 goals and 42 points in 44 games, making this the first season in his 16-year career that he won’t reach the 30-goal plateau.
The Capitals and Bruins will meet in the first round of the playoffs with Game 1 scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET Saturday on Sportsnet.