Gameday Preview – 12/4/2018 – Washington Capitals v. Vegas Golden Knights

Washington Capitals (15-8-3 33pts) v. Vegas Golden Knights (14-13-1 29pts)

 

Time: 10p EST

Station: NBC Sports Washington, ATTSN-RM, and Sportsnet

 

Preview:

For the first time in 6 months since winning the Stanley Cup, the Washington Capitals return to Las Vegas to take on the Golden Knights. The Capitals are coming off of an embarrassing 6-5 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, which saw them blow a 4 goal lead and give up 5 straight goals in the defeat, and are looking to bounce back to their winning ways after the 7 game winning streak was ended. Meanwhile, the Golden Knights are still having an up and down season so far as they continue to struggle to rekindle that spark they had last season, and are hoping a win tonight against their Stanley Cup Finals nemesis can start that fire.

 

Washington Capitals:

Projected Lineup:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Brett Connolly

Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Devante Smith-Pelly

Chandler Stephenson — Nic Dowd — Dmitrij Jaskin

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Christian Djoos — Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Jonas Siegenthaler, Travis Boyd

Injured: T.J. Oshie (concussion), Brooks Orpik (knee surgery)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Don’t get complacent

The other day against Anaheim the Capitals took a commanding 5-1 lead, and then eased off the gas and became complacent. That complacency costed the Capitals as they gave up 5 straight goals to lose the game. If the Capitals find themselves in another situation where they get a commanding lead over Vegas, they have to stay motivated and keep playing hard.

 

2. Pick up the physicality

The Capitals their last few games have been dominated in the hits department and need to pick up their physicality a bit and assert themselves more in their battles for the puck.

 

Vegas Golden Knights:

Projected Lineup:

Jonathan Marchessault — William Karlsson — Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty — Cody Eakin — Alex Tuch

Daniel Carr — Tomas Nosek — Ryan Carpenter

William Carrier — Pierre-Edouard Bellemare — Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb — Colin Miller

Shea Theodore — Nate Schmidt

Deryk Engelland — Nick Holden

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Jon Merrill, Brad Hunt, Oscar Lindberg

Injured: Paul Stastny (lower body), Erik Haula (undisclosed)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Get a good start

Vegas is a team that many are saying is having a disappointing season so far compared to their historic run last season. The Golden Knights will have a lot of motivation going into tonight’s game against the Capitals and will want to avenge their Stanley Cup Finals loss to the Capitals at home this past June.

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