Capital Eyes On Nashville – Game 5

Washington Capitals (3-1-0) v. Nashville Predators (3-0-0)

8:00 PM EST – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, Tennessee

TV/Radio: CSN-DC; Caps Radio 1500

Last game: In another escape act, Nicklas Backstrom deflected in a slap shot from Alex Ovechkin during a power play late in the third period to give the Capitals a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. The Capitals ended their homestand 3-0.

Possible lineup for Washington:

Forwards

Ovechkin – Backstrom – Knuble

Semin – Fleischmann – Laich

Chimera – Hendricks – Fehr

King – Steckel – Gordon

Defense

Schultz, Erskine, Alzner, Carlson, Sloan, Fahey

Goal

Neuvirth/Varlamov

Possible lineup for Nashville:

Forwards

Wilson РGoc  РDumont
Sullivan – O’Reilly – Hornqvist
Ward РLegwand - Kostitsyn
Belak – Smithson – Tootoo
Defense
Suter – Weber
Bouillon – Klein
O’Brien – Franson
Goal
Rinne
Outlook: This will be the third time that the Capitals and Predators will have met in the past month. In two preseason games, the Capitals won the first matchup 2-1 and lost the second 3-0. The Capitals are dealing with many injuries; Marcus Johansson (foot) and Matt Bradley (lower body injury) are game-time decisions, while Tom Poti’s (lower body) status is unclear. Earlier today, head coach Bruce Boudreau announced that Mike Green will not be available for tomorrow’s game while he recovers from his “stinger” suffered in Wednesday’s game. A call=up from Hershey may be necessary.

Despite the familiarity, the Capitals are in for a test against the undefeated Preds, especially on special teams. According to Capitals insider, Nashville is 4/13 (30.8%) on the power play and all of its GWGs have come with the man advantage. Nashville’s penalty kill, however, is 3/9, which will give the Capitals a chance to awaken their dormant power play. Goalie Pekka Rinne sat out for the past two games with a lower body injury, but should start tomorrow night. Nashville is scoring 3.67 G/G, just ahead of Washington’s 3.5 and veteran Steve Sullivan leads the team with four goals, tied with Alex Ovechkin for the league lead.

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