Gameday Preview – 2/5/2019 – Vancouver Canucks v. Washington Capitals

Vancouver Canucks (24-23-6 54pts) v. Washington Capitals (28-18-6 62pts)

 

Time: 7p EST

Station: NBC Sports Washington and SportsNet One

 

Preview:

The Washington Capitals play host to former teammate Jay Beagle as the Vancouver Canucks come to town as they play their second game of their back to back. The Capitals will be looking to bounce back from their lackluster performance on Super Sunday against the Boston Bruins where they played flat throughout the game.

 

Vancouver Canucks:

Projected Lineup:

Tim Schaller — Bo Horvat — Josh Leivo

Nikolay Goldobin — Elias Pettersson — Brock Boeser

Antoine Roussel — Brandon Sutter — Jake Virtanen

Loui Eriksson — Jay Beagle — Tyler Motte

Alex Biega — Christopher Tanev

Ben Hutton — Troy Stecher

Derrick Pouliot — Erik Gudbranson

Jacob Markstrom

Michael DiPietro

Scratched: Markus Granlund

Injured: Sven Baertschi (illness), Alexander Edler (Head), Thatcher Demko (lower body)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Fresh legs

The Canucks will be playing their second game in two nights, and will need to keep their legs fresh in this one after the hard fought effort in their loss to the Philadelphia Flyers last night.

 

Washington Capitals:

Projected Lineup:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Dmitrij Jaskin — Travis Boyd — Brett Connolly

Andre Burakovsky — Nic Dowd — Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitry Orlov — John Carlson

Michal Kempny — Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik — Jonas Siegenthaler

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Chandler Stephenson, Madison Bowey

Injured: Christian Djoos (thigh), Lars Eller (lower body)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Get a good start

The Capitals came out flatter than a pancake against the Boston Bruins the other day, and will need to come out with some urgency to start the game. If the Capitals can get a few strong shifts to start this game it can work as the motivator to a better game from the Capitals.

 

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