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Capitals team scope
Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky will return after being a healthy scratch the past three games. "It feels good to be back in," he said. "I'm just going to have a good game today and hopefully stay in." Burakovsky hasn't scored since he had two goals Oct. 13 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He said his focus while he was out was working on his shot. "Just getting my shot off a little bit quicker, shoot more, put myself in position where I can score," he said. "I don't think my game was bad, it was just that I couldn't produce and that's what I've been working on and hopefully it will be back tonight." Coach Barry Trotz will play Burakovsky at right wing, rather than left wing. "I think that's where he's ultimately probably going to end up a little bit, so we'll have him do that for a bit," he said. Burakovsky said he hopes watching for three games has the same result as last season, when he felt he responded well after being scratched. "It helped me last year when I was not playing really well and I sat out for two games and came back and my game just turned around from being bad to being really good," he said. "And hopefully it's going to be the same thing this year."
Flyers team scope
The Philadelphia Flyers' games against the Capitals on Wednesday and the New Jersey Devils on Thursday are the first two of eight in a 15-game stretch until the All-Star break against Metropolitan Division opponents. They've played five of their first 34 games within the division. With the way the top teams in the Metropolitan have played, the Flyers are ready for a chance to gain ground in the standings. "They're four-point games," forward Wayne Simmonds said. "Our division, it's extremely tight this year. The way it is, if you can take two points from your division opponent it makes it all the merrier. We're looking to take these next two games against division rivals and go into the Christmas holiday on a nice little break here." That the first game in this stretch is also their first against the Capitals since losing to Washington in six games in the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, last season also raises the anticipation level. "It adds to the fuel to the fire I'm sure," forward Brayden Schenn said. "It's going to be a tough, physical game tonight."
Capitals projected lineup
Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Justin Williams
Marcus Johansson -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana -- Lars Eller -- Andre Burakovsky
Daniel Winnik -- Jay Beagle -- Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner -- John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik -- Nate Schmidt
Scratched: Taylor Chorney, Brett Connolly, Zachary Sanford
Flyers projected lineup
Michael Raffl -- Claude Giroux -- Jakub Voracek
Travis Konecny -- Brayden Schenn -- Wayne Simmonds
Chris VandeVelde -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Roman Lyubimov
Taylor Leier -- Nick Cousins -- Dale Weise
Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald
Brandon Manning -- Shayne Gostisbehere
Michael Del Zotto -- Radko Gudas
Scratched: Boyd Gordon, Nick Schultz
Injured: Michal Neuvirth (lower body), Matt Read (upper body), Sean Couturier (lower body), Mark Streit (shoulder)
My own opinion, if the Caps split these two nights (TBL tomorrow at Verizon) we still don't know what team will show night to night... 0-1 points, we know they suck like we think they do... 3-4 points, meaningless regular season games...
let the imbibing begin.
Burakovsky and Eller the goals.