Gameday Preview – 10/19/2018 – Florida Panthers v. Washington Capitals



Time: 7p EST

Station: NBC Sports Washington



The Washington Capitals play host for the final time in this home stretch before they begin their Western Canada road trip as they take on the Florida Panthers who so far have not won a game in this young 2018-19 season.


Florida Panthers:

Projected Lineup:

Evgenii Dadonov – Aleksander Barkov – Nick Bjugstad

Vincent Trocheck – Colton Sceviour – Jonathan Huberdeau

Frank Vatrano – Jared McCann – Denis Malgin

Mike Hoffman – Juho Lammikko – Troy Brouwer

Keith Yandle – Aaron Ekblad

Mark Pysyk – Alexander Petrovic

Bogdan Kiselevich – MacKenzie Weegar

James Reimer

Michael Hutchinson


Keys to the Game:

1. Quiet the home crowd

The Panthers are going to look to want tonget on the board only and silence the home crowd in DC. By doing so they can take control of the tempo of the game, and work towards getting their first win of the season.


Washington Capitals:

Projected Lineup:

Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Brett Connolly

Jakub Vrana – Nicklas Backstrom – TJ Oshie

Chandler Stephenson – Lars Eller – Andre Burakovsky

Dmitrij Jaskin – Nic Dowd – Devante Smith-Pelly

Michal Kempny – John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov – Matt Niskanen

Christian Djoos – Brooks Orpik

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley


Keys to the Game:

1. Play a full 60 minutes

This is the biggest key for the Capitals. Against Toronto they laid off im the 3rd period and it costed them a victory. With the knowledge that Florida is looking for their first win of thw season, the Capitals should play with renewed urgency, and take it to the Panthers the full 60 minutes.


2. Stay out of the penalty box

Sonfar the Capitals have shot themselves in the foot with bad penalties, especially by Jakub Vrana in the offensive zone, that the momentum that they are building for themselves is lost and have to retreat to the penalty kill.


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