Gameday Preview – 12/21/2018 – Buffalo Sabres v. Washington Capitals

Buffalo Sabres (20-10-5 45pts) v. Washington Capitals (20-10-3 43pts)

 

Time: 7p EST

Station: NBC Sports Washington, SportsNet, and NBCSN

 

Preview:

The Washington Capitals host the Buffalo Sabres for the second time in 6 days as they start another backmto back weekend before they go into the Holiday break. For the Capitals, they will be looking to bounc3 back from their loss Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Meanwhile, the Sabres will be looking to get back to their winning ways after winning one of their last three.

 

Buffalo Sabres:

Projected Lineup:

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Full team effort

The Sabres need to get contributions from their depth players, and not just from their stars. Jack Eichel, and Jeff Skinner have neen on fire for the Sabres, bur they can’t win every game for them.

 

Washington Capitals:

Projected Lineup:

 

Capitals Notes:

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Mix up the powerplay

The Capitals need to change up their powerplay a little bit. Not a complete overhaul, but some changes here and there. In their game against the Penguins, Pittsburgh did a really great job of taking away the passing lanes, ans we have seen other teams play the Capitals more aggressively with their penalty kills. Do a few tweaks, maybe even change some of the personnel on the two units and see how that shakes things up.

 

2. Clean defensive game

The Capitals need to play a much better defensive game, especially in their own zone. They need to do better passes to get out of their zone and make sure the passes are clean tape to tape ones too.

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