Gameday Preview – 2/18/2019 – Washington Capitals v. Los Angeles Kings

Washington Capitals (32-20-7 71pts) v. Los Angeles Kings (23-29-6 52pts)

 

Time: 1030p EST

Station: NBC Sports Washington and Fox Sports West

 

Preview:

The Washington Capitals continue their six game road trip as they head 15 minutes from Anaheim to Los Angeles as they take on the Kings who have lost their past four games. The Capitals will be looking to bounce back from the lackluster 5-2 loss to the Ducks last night as they look to have a better performance against the Kings. The Capitals will be without forward TJ Oshie who was injured last night against Anaheim.

 

Washington Capitals:

Projected Lineup:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — Travis Boyd

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

Pheonix Copley

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Madison Bowey, Nic Dowd

Injured: T.J. Oshie (upper body)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Show up and play a full 60 minutes

The Capitals need to show up and play a full 60 minutes against the Kings. The Capitals disappeared after Alex Ovechkin scored and it came back to bite them. Especially against one of the worst teams in the league. The Capitals play a struggling Kings team, and the Capitals need to win this game.

 

Los Angeles Kings:

Projected Lineup:

Alex Iafallo — Anze Kopitar — Dustin Brown

Brendan Leipsic — Jeff Carter — Tyler Toffoli

Carl Hagelin — Adrian Kempe — Ilya Kovalchuk

Kyle Clifford — Trevor Lewis — Austin Wagner

Derek Forbort — Drew Doughty

Oscar Fantenberg — Paul LaDue

Dion Phaneuf — Matt Roy

Jack Campbell

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Michael Amadio

Injured: Alec Martinez (upper body), Sean Walker (upper body), Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Get a jump on the Capitals

The Kings may be struggling, but last night the Ducks gave the Kings the blueprint to beating the Capitals. The Kings need to take it to the Capitals and force the pace of the game in their favor.

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