Gameday Preview – 1/20/2019 – Washington Capitals v. Chicago Blackhawks

Washington Capitals (27-15-5 59pts) v. Chicago Blackhawks (16-24-9 41pts)


Time: 1230p EST

Station: NBC



The Washington Capitals head to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks for a 1230p matinee on NBC. The Capitals will be looking to end their four game losing streak, while the Blackhawks will be looking to get themselves back in the win column as well.


Washington Capitals:

Projected Lineup:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Jakub Vrana — Lars Eller — Tom Wilson

Andre Burakovsky — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Brett Connolly

Chandler Stephenson — Nic Dowd — Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitry Orlov — John Carlson

Michal Kempny — Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik — Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Travis Boyd, Dmitrij Jaskin, Jonas Siegenthaler

Injured: Christian Djoos (thigh)


Keys to the Game:

1. Smarter decisions

The Capitals need to make smarter decisions both with and without the puck. There have been too many instances of over passing or overthinking plays. The Capitals just need to simplify their game and play smart.


Chicago Blackhawks:

Projected Lineup:

Drake Caggiula — Jonathan Toews — Patrick Kane

Alex DeBrincat — Dylan Strome — Dominik Kahun

Brandon Saad — David Kampf — Marcus Kruger

John Hayden — Artem Anisimov — Chris Kunitz

Duncan Keith — Brent Seabrook

Carl Dahlstrom — Connor Murphy

Slater Koekkoek — Erik Gustafsson

Collin Delia

Cam Ward

Scratched: Henri Jokiharju

Injured: Corey Crawford (concussion), Gustav Forsling (upper torso), Brendan Perlini (concussion protocol)


Keys to the Game:

1. Get a good start

The Blackhawks need stronger starts to their games, and with a Capitals team that is struggling as of late, an early start could give the Blackhawks the opportunity to put the momentum in their favor.

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