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:
Ovechkin – Backstrom – Knuble
Semin – Fleischmann – Laich
Chimera – Hendricks – Fehr
King – Steckel – Gordon
Schultz, Erskine, Alzner, Carlson, Sloan, Fahey
Possible lineup for Nashville:
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.