Detroit Red Wings (10-9-2 22pts) v. Washington Capitals (11-7-3 25pts)
The Washington Capitals go for their fourth straight victory and their longest winning streak this season when they host the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena on Black Friday. Meanwhile the red hot Red Wings are 8-2-0 in their past 10 games and are looking for their seventh win in eight games.
Detroit Red Wings:
Justin Abdelkader — Dylan Larkin — Anthony Mantha
Gustav Nyquist — Frans Nielsen — Andreas Athanasiou
Tyler Bertuzzi — Luke Glendening — Michael Rasmussen
Christoffer Ehn — Jacob de la Rose — Thomas Vanek
Trevor Daley — Mike Green
Niklas Kronwall — Dennis Cholowski
Danny DeKeyser — Nick Jensen
Scratched: Luke Witkowski, Martin Frk
Injured: Evgeny Svechnikov (knee surgery), Jonathan Ericsson (undisclosed), Darren Helm (upper body)
Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly
Andre Burakovsky — Travis Boyd — Devante Smith-Pelly
Dmitrij Jaskin — Nic Dowd — Chandler Stephenson
Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen
Michal Kempny — John Carlson
Christian Djoos — Madison Bowey
Scratched: Jonas Siegenthaler
Injured: Evgeny Kuznetsov (upper body), T.J. Oshie (Concussion), Brooks Orpik (Knee Surgery)
Capitals Penalty – 6:38 – Madison Bowey 2 minutes for Tripping
End of 1st – DET – 1 WAS – 0
Shots 14 05
Faceoffs 08 13
Hits 05 09
PP 0/1 0/0
This was not a very good period for the Capitals. They were out played and out hustled for the majority of the period, plus the Red Wings out shot the Capitals 14-5 which is not acceptable. One bright spot is the fact that the Capitals are doing a good job in the faceoff circle winning 62% in the first period. The score could be worse, but Braden Holtby is playing extremely well, and keeping them in the game.
Need to Do:
The Capitals need to get their forecheck going and force the play in the Red Wings’ zone and generate scoring chances. Late in the first period the Capitals started doing that, and they need to continue that and kick it up a notch and force the play against the Red Wings. Also the Capitals need to keep their feet moving and force the Red Wings to take some penalties.
Capitals Penalty – :42 – Michal Kempny 2 minutes for Holding
Red Wings Penalty – 3:14 – Nick Jensen 2 minutes for Hooking
Red Wings Penalty – 5:57 – Bench (Thomas Vanek) 2 minutes for Too Many Men
Capitals Goal – 12:13 – Tom Wilson (3) from Nicklas Backstrom (19) and Alex Ovechkin (10)
End of 2nd – DET – 1 WAS – 1
Shots 18 13
Faceoffs 15 24
Hits 08 20
PP 0/2 0/2
This was a better period for the Capitals that saw them hold the Red wings to 4 shots the entire period, and the Capitals had 8 shots on the period themselves. They did a good job of drawing a couple penalties this period, but did not convert on either opportunity. The controlled the tempo a bit better, but can do a better job in the third period.
Need to Do:
The Capitals need to kick it up a notch and really force the play in the Red Wings zone. The Capitals also need to play a full 20 minutes to help potentially close out the Red Wings in regulation. The Capitals also need to do a better job with their powerplay opportunities.
Capitals Penalty – :20 – Alex Ovechkin 2 minutes for High Sticking
Capitals Goal – 6:38 – Michal Kempny (2) from Travis Boyd (5) and Andre Burakovsky (3)
Capitals Goal – 8:34 – Alex Ovechkin (16) from Nic Dowd (2) and Tom Wilson (5)
Red Wings Penalty – 11:12 – Mike Green 2 minutes for Hooking
End of 3rd – DET – 1 WAS – 3
Shots 32 20
Faceoffs 25 34
Hits 12 23
PP 0/3 0/3
This was a solid game defensively for the Capitals, but their overall game could have been better. In the third period the Capitals were out shot once again by the Red Wings 14-7, and Braden Holtby were relied on heavily to keep the Capitals in the game. The powerplay was a bit sloppy and there were too many passes, and that will need to get cleaned up going into tomorrow’s matinee visiting the New York Rangers as well.
Washington (12-7-3 27pts) @ NY Rangers (12-9-2 26pts)
Detroit (10-10-2 22pts) v. Buffalo (15-6-2 32pts)
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