Capital Eyes On Colorado – Game 31

Washington Capitals (18-9-3) v. Colorado Avalanche (14-10-4)

7:00 PM EST -Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.

TV/Radio: CSN-DC; Caps Radio 1500

Last game: The Capitals’ skid continued in a 3-0 loss to the Florida Panthers Thursday. Washington went 0-for-8 on the power play and has now been shutout in three of their last 11 games. Their four-game losing streak is their longest of the season.

Possible lineup for Washington:

Forwards

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Laich-Perreault-Semin
Chimera-Johansson-Fehr
Hendricks-Steckel-Bradley

Defense

Hannan-Green/Fahey
Alzner-Carlson/Fahey
Erskine-Poti

Goal

Neuvirth/Varlamov

Possible lineup for Colorado:

Forwards

Yip-Stastny-Jones
Fleischmann-Duchene-Hejduk
Winnik-O’Reilly-Porter
McLeod-Dupuis-Mauldin

Defense

O’Byrne, Liles, Quincey, Hunwick, Foote, Shattenkirk

Goal

Anderson/Budaj

Outlook: It’s not LeBron James returning to Cleveland, but Tomas Fleischmann and the Colorado Avalanche will enter Verizon Center Saturday night as the Capitals will look to end their season-high homestand on a high note (not to be confused with former Av Dan Hinote).

The last time these two teams met (December 15, 2009), the Caps prevailed 6-1 and Fleischmann happened to be the first star with two goals. Since leaving Washington, Fleischmann has one goal and three assists in four games. Friday’s win over Atlanta snapped Colorado’s own four-game losing streak. It was Colorado’s first win with Flash in the lineup. Meanwhile, the Caps have yet to win since Hannan suited up in a Capitals uniform.

For the Capitals to break their skid, they will have to do it shorthanded. Six players have come down with the flu (Brooks Laich, Alex Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Boyd Gordon and Mike Green). The Caps recalled Brian Fahey from AHL Hershey, which could mean that either Green or Carlson will be out of the lineup Saturday. Green has been struggling; he hasn’t scored since November 14 and has one point since December 2.

Recent scoring woes have plagued the usually-high octane Capitals. Washington has only scored 13 goals in their past six games.

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