Washington Capitals (7-5-3 17 pts) v. Arizona Coyotes (7-7-1 17 pts)
Time: 5p EST
Station: NBC Sports Washington
In the first match-up between the two clubs this season, Washington looks to bounce back after the 2-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday night. Arizona looks to get back in the win column after their 4-0 loss last night to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Arizona has scored nine shorthanded goals thus far on the season and Washington looks to stop the Coyotes from making it ten shorthanded goals on the contest.
Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — T.J. Oshie
Chandler Stephenson — Nicklas Backstrom — Jakub Vrana
Brett Connolly — Lars Eller — DeVante Smith-Pelly
Andre Burakovsky — Nic Dowd — Travis Boyd
Dmitry Orlov — John Carlson
Michal Kempny — Matt Niskanen
Christian Djoos — Madison Bowey
Scratched: Dmitrij Jaskin, Jonas Siegenthaler, Aaron Ness
Injured: Brooks Orpik (LTIR)
Keys to the Game:
1. Be consistent on the defensive side of the puck
2. Keep your feet moving
3. Stay more consistent on the penalty-kill
Richard Panik — Alex Galchenyuk — Christian Fischer
Brendan Perlini — Derek Stepan — Clayton Keller
Michael Grabner — Brad Richardson — Vinnie Hinostroza
Nick Cousins — Dylan Strome — Josh Archibald
Oliver Ekman-Larsson — Jason Demers
Jordan Oesterle — Niklas Hjalmarsson
Kevin Connauton — Ilya Lyubushkin
Scratched: Lawson Crouse, Alex Goligoski, Dakota Mermis
Injured: Jakob Chychrun, Christian Dvorak, Antti Raanta
Keys to the Game:
1. Get a good start
2. Shoot the puck toward the net as much as possible.
Washington Penalty — Dmitry Orlov for Hooking — 2 min minor — 1:15
Washington Penalty — Matt Niskanen for Tripping — 2 min minor — 15:00
Arizona PPG — Vinnie Hinostroza (4) from Dylan Strome (2) and Richard Panik (2)
End of 1st – WAS – 0 ARI – 1
Shots 10 12
Faceoffs 12 10
Hits 09 06
PP 0/0 1/2
Analysis: The Capitals would not put enough pressure on the defensive side throughout all 20 minutes. Both teams would shoot the puck well and good saves were being made with a lot of traffic at the net.
Need to Do: The Capitals need to play a full 20 minute period of all around great hockey. The Capitals also need to create havoc around the net and take advantage of any and all opportunities to get any goals that they can get.
Arizona Penalty — Brendan Perlini for Hooking — 2 min minor — 4:43
Arizona Goal — Richard Panik (4) unassisted — 11:57
Washington Goal — Nicklas Backstrom (4) from Alex Ovechkin (7) and Madison Bowey (1) — 12:41
Washington Penalty — Evgeny Kuznetsov for High-sticking — 2 min minor — 13:22
Arizona PPG — Alex Galchenyuk (3) from Brendan Perlini (3) and Oliver Ekman-Larsson (9) — 14:38
Arizona Penalty — Dylan Strome for High-sticking — 2 min minor — 15:34
End of 2nd – WAS – 1 ARI – 3
Shots 26 17
Faceoffs 22 20
Hits 16 12
PP 0/2 2/3
Analysis: The Capitals did not play a smart second half in the second period. The Capitals allowed a goal by not focusing and they were not playing smart on the defensive side of the puck.
Need to Do: The Capitals need to once again create more havoc around the net. The defence is not up to par and the Capitals need to maintain focus and play their game and not get called for penalties. Instead, the Capitals need to draw penalties and get on the power-play.
If the Capitals want to win this game, the next 20 minutes must be smart hockey and attack the net and take advantage of any turnovers they get.
Washington Penalty — T.J. Oshie for High-sticking — 4 min double minor — :58
Arizona EN Goal — Derek Stepan (4) from Alex Galchenyuk (5) and Clayton Keller (7) — 18:28
Washington Penalty — Nicklas Backstrom for Tripping — 2 min minor — 19: 10
End of 3rd – WAS – 1 ARI – 4
Shots 39 22
Faceoffs 32 30
Hits 20 19
PP 0/2 2/6
Analysis: This was a very sloppy contest for the Washington Capitals. A lot of opportunities were missed in this contest. There were too many sloppy passes and despite having a lot of shots on goal, only one was able to find the back of the net. The Capitals need to figure out how to make cleaner chances and not take as many penalties.
This was unacceptable play overall and the consistency was not where it needs to be. The Capitals need to figure out what the issues are quick.
Washington starts a very tough road trip on Tuesday night when they travel to St. Paul, Minnesota to take on the Minnesota Wild.
Washington (7-6-3 17 pts) at Minnesota (11-4-2 24 pts)
Arizona (10-6-1 21 pts) at Detroit (7-8-2 16 pts)