Gsmeday Preview – 1/6/2019 – Washington Capitals v. Detroit Red Wings

Washington Capitals (24-12-4 52pts) v. Detroit Red Wings (16-20-7 39pts)

 

Time: 5p EST

Station: NBC Sports Washington, Fox Sports Detroit, NHL Network

 

Preview:

The Washington Capitals head to Detroit to take on the Red Wings in the final game of their three game road trip to start 2019. The Capitals will look to get their first win of 2019 as they build upon their 3-2 overtime loss the other night in Dallas against the Stars. Meanwhile, the Red Wings are still embattled with injuries and will be looking to to win their second straight game.

 

Washington Capitals:

Projected Lineup:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Chandler Stephenson — Travis Boyd — Devante Smith-Pelly

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Matt Niskanen — Dmitry Orlov

Brooks Orpik — Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Nic Dowd, Dmitrij Jaskin, Jonas Siegenthaler

Injured: Christian Djoos (leg)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Be consistent in the faceoff circle

The other night against the Dallas Stars, the Capitals were dominated in the faceoff circle and they will need to remedy that against the Red Wings. Winning faceoffs is key to puck possession especially in the offensive and defensive zones.

 

2. Keep your feet moving

One of the benefits the Capitals had against the Stars was they kept their feet moving and they were winning the battles against the Stars. They need to build upon that against the Red Wings and force the play in the Red Wings zone.

 

Detroit Red Wings:

Projected Lineup:

Gustav Nyquist — Dylan Larkin — Tyler Bertuzzi

Thomas Vanek — Frans Nielsen — Anthony Mantha

Darren Helm — Luke Glendening — Andreas Athanasiou

Michael Rasmussen — Jacob de la Rose — Justin Abdelkader

Niklas Kronwall — Filip Hronek

Nick Jensen — Dennis Cholowski

Jonathan Ericsson — Luke Witkowski

Jimmy Howard

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Martin Frk, Brian Lashoff, Christoffer Ehn

Injured: Evgeny Svechnikov (knee surgery), Danny DeKeyser (hand), Mike Green (foot), Trevor Daley (foot)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Force the play

The Red Wings defeated the Nashville Predators the other night by forcing the play in the offensive zone, and they are going to have to do the same against the Capitals.

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