Gameday Preview – 1/14/2019 – St. Louis Blues v. Washington Capitals

St. Louis Blues (19-20-4 42pts) v. Washington Capitals (27-12-5 59pts)

 

Time: 7p EST

Station: NBC Sports Washington and Fox Sports Midwest

 

Preview:

The Washington Capitals and the St. Louis Blues are facing off for the 2nd and final time this season in a matter of two weeks. When these two faced off last on January 3rd it would be the Blues dominating the Capitals 5-2 in St. Louis. The Capitals will look to avenge that loss and return to their winning ways after their defeat to Columbus the other night. Meanwhile the Blues will be looking for their third straight victory.

 

St. Louis Blues:

Projected Lineup:

Jaden Schwartz — Brayden Schenn — Vladimir Tarasenko

Zach Sanford — Ryan O’Reilly — David Perron

Pat Maroon — Oskar Sundqvist — Jordan Kyruo

Jordan Nolan — Ivan Barbashev — Sammy Blais

Joel Edmundson — Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester — Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn — Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen

Jordan Binnington

Scratched: Robby Fabbri, Mackenzie MacEachern, Carl Gunnarsson

Injured: Tyler Bozak (upper body), Alexander Steen (shoulder), Robert Thomas (upper body)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Force the play

The reason the Blues were 5-2 victors over the Capitals on January 3rd is because they forced the play upon the Capitals. If they play with the same formula, and not deviate from their gameplan the Blues will have a very solid chance of sweeping the season series against the Capitals for the first time since 2014-15.

 

Washington Capitals:

Projected Lineup:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Brett Connolly — Lars Eller — Andre Burakovsky

Chandler Stephenson — Travis Boyd — Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Brooks Orpik — Madison Bowey

Pheonix Copley

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Nic Dowd, Dmitrij Jaskin, Jonas Siegenthaler

Injured: Christian Djoos (thigh)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Play Strong, Rise above

The Capitals need to play a strong game against everyone from this point out, and it needs to start tonight against the Blues. The Capitals need to rise above and force the play upon their opponents in their own zone.

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