Gameday Preview – 2/14/2019 – Washington Capitals v. San Jose Sharks

Washington Capitals (31-19-7 69pts) v. San Jose Sharks (34-16-7 75pts)

 

Time: 1030p EST

Station: NBC Sports Washington and NBC Sports California

 

Preview:

The Washington Capitals start the California portion of their six game road trip when they take on the San Jose Sharks. The Capitals will be looking to bounce back from their 3-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, while the Sharks will be without defenseman Erik Karlsson.

 

Washington Capitals:

Projected Lineup:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom – T.J. Oshie

Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Dmitrij Jaskin — Chandler Stephenson — Devante Smith-Pelly

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik — Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Madison Bowey, Travis Boyd, Nic Dowd

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Be consistent for a full 60 minutes

The Capitals need to come out with full energy and they need to play a consistent game. The Capitals looked flatter than a pancake in skillet, and they need to bring that high tempo pace.

 

San Jose Sharks:

Projected Lineup:

Timo Meier — Logan Couture — Joe Pavelski

Evander Kane — Tomas Hertl — Joonas Donskoi

Marcus Sorensen — Joe Thornton — Kevin Labanc

Lukas Radil — Barclay Goodrow — Melker Karlsson

Radim Simek — Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic — Tim Heed

Brenden Dillon — Justin Braun

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Joakim Ryan, Dylan Gambrell

Injured: Erik Karlsson (groin)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Get a good start

This should be the key for every team who plays against the Capitals right now who are struggling, despite having a good start to February. If the Sharks can get the first goal, then they have all of the momentum.

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