Gameday Preview – 1/15/2019 – Washington Capitals v. Nashville Predators

Washington Capitals (27-13-5 59pts) v. Nashville Predators (27-16-4 58pts)

 

Time: 8p EST

Station: NBC Sports Washington, Fox Sports Tennessee, and SportsNet

 

Preview:

The Washington Capitals head to Nashville for the second game of their back to back as they take on the Predators. The Capitals who are struggling are looking to turn the tide and do so against the Predators. Biggest question is will the Capitals come to play, or will they go through the motions like they did last night against St. Louis?

 

Washington Capitals:

Projected Lineup:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Brett Connolly — Lars Eller — Travis Boyd

Chandler Stephenson — Andre Burakovsky — Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Brooks Orpik — Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Nic Dowd, Jonas Siegenthaler, Dmitrij Jaskin

Injured: Christian Djoos (thigh)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Play motivated

The Capitals need to come out and play with some urgency because lately they look like they’ve been going through the motions, and that’s not good enough. The Capitals need to play motivated and play their game seriously and not lackadaisically.

 

2. Stop being predictable

The Capitals right now are very predictable with how they are playing and teams are exploiting that to their benefit. The Capitals need to mix it up, especially on the powerplay, and challenge the Predators.

 

Nashville Predators:

Projected Lineup:

Filip Forsberg — Ryan Johansen — Viktor Arvidsson

Kevin Fiala — Colton Sissons — Craig Smith

Calle Jarnkrok — Nick Bonino — Austin Watson

Ryan Hartman — Frederick Gaudreau — Rocco Grimaldi

Roman Josi — Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm — P.K. Subban

Dan Hamhuis — Matt Irwin

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Zac Rinaldo, Phillip Di Giuseppe

Injured: Yannick Weber (undisclosed), Kyle Turris (lower body), Miikka Salomaki (upper body)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Force the play

The Capitals have been struggling at all aspects of the game lately and the Predators will need to exploit that to their advantage.

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