Gameday Preview – 12/14/2018 -Washington Capitals v. Carolina Hurricanes

Washington Capitals (18-9-3 39pts) v. Carolina Hurricanes (13-13-4 30pts)

 

Time: 730p EST

Station: NBC Sports Washington and Fox Sports Carolina

 

Preview:

The Washington Capitals embark on a trip down to Carolina to kick of their weekend back to back series as they take on the Hurricanes. The Capitals will look to continue their winning ways, while the Hurricanes will be playing in their second game of their back to back.

 

Washington Capitals:

Projected Lineup:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — TJ Oshie

Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Brett Connolly

Chandler Stephenson — Lars Eller — Devante Smith-Pelly

Travis Boyd — Nic Dowd — Dmitrij Jaskin

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Christian Djoos — Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Jonas Siegenthaler, Andre Burakovsky

Injured: Tom Wilson (concussion), Brooks Orpik (knee surgery)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Mind the rough stuff

The Hurricanes are a very competitive team. Always have, always will. The Capitals will need to bring their A game to Carolina and play a very competitive game against the Hurricanes.

 

2. Keep up the Defensive play

The Capitals have demonstrated these last couple of games that they have can shut down teams in the neutral zone and clog up the passing lanes. They will need to continue that against the Hurricanes.

 

Carolina Hurricanes:

Projected Lineup:

Jordan Martinook — Sebastian Aho — Teuvo Teravainen

Janne Kuokkanen — Victor Rask — Brock McGinn

Andrei Svechnikov — Lucas Wallmark — Justin Williams

Warren Foegele — Clark Bishop — Phillip Di Giuseppe

Jaccob Slavin — Brett Pesce

Calvin de Haan — Justin Faulk

Haydn Fleury — Dougie Hamilton

Petr Mrazek

Scott Darling

Scratched: Trevor van Riemsdyk

Injured: Jordan Staal (concussion), Curtis McElhinney (lower body), Micheal Ferland (upper body)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Control the tempo

The Hurricanes will be playing in their second game of their back to back, and one thing they will want to do is control the tempo of the game to help them stay fresh throughout the game.

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