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Game 54 vs. Carolina Hurricanes (W 5-0)

February 7 2017 at 6:14 PM

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https://www.nhl.com/news/carolina-hurricanes-washington-capitals-game-preview/c-286516474

HURRICANES (24-20-7) at CAPITALS (36-11-6)

7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, CSN-DC, NHL.TV



Hurricanes team scope

Eddie Lack was the first goaltender off the ice for the Carolina Hurricanes after the morning skate Tuesday, indicating he would start against the Washington Capitals. It would be Lack's first game since Nov. 10 because of a concussion. Lack was recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Jan. 29 after a two-game conditioning assignment. "Two good starts [in the AHL] and he's put in good work here recently and he's had lots of time to get himself ready," coach Bill Peters said. "I think he's ready. We just want to find out where [Ward is] at, then we'll make the decision this afternoon on what we're going to do in net." The Hurricanes have won three consecutive games and have a point in two of three games against the Capitals this season (1-1-1).



Capitals team scope

Braden Holtby will be in goal for the Capitals, who have won three consecutive games and nine straight at home. Holtby is 10-0-0 with 19 goals-against and three shutouts in his past 11 starts. The Capitals are the first team since the 1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins to score five or more goals in eight consecutive home games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. That doesn't mean the Hurricanes can be overlooked. "To me what they do is they get you in small areas, or if you turn the puck over against them they are a quick counter team off the rush or in these small areas just on their exits and stuff," coach Barry Trotz said. "They can turn what looks like a nothing situation into very dangerous situation." Since Dec. 31 the Capitals lead the NHL in wins (16), points (33), goals (84), and goal differential (plus-45). They also are first in the League with 78 points.



Hurricanes projected lineup

Jeff Skinner -- Derek Ryan -- Lee Stempniak

Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Elias Lindholm

Brock McGinn -- Victor Rask -- Teuvo Teravainen

Joakim Nordstrom -- Jay McClement -- Viktor Stalberg

Jaccob Slavin -- Justin Faulk

Ron Hainsey -- Brett Pesce

Noah Hanifin -- Klas Dahlbeck

Eddie Lack

Cam Ward

Scratched: Matt Tennyson, Ryan Murphy, Ty Rattie

Injured: Bryan Bickell (illness)



Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie

Marcus Johansson -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Justin Williams

Brett Connolly -- Lars Eller -- Andre Burakovsky

Daniel Winnik -- Jay Beagle -- Tom Wilson

Karl Alzner -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik -- Nate Schmidt

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Taylor Chorney

Injured: None



Status report

The Capitals sent forward Jakub Vrana to Hershey of the American Hockey League on Sunday.



Who's hot

Aho has five points in his past three games. Lindholm has 16 points in 14 games. Teravainen has four points in three games. Staal has one goal and three assists during a three-game point streak. … Backstrom has 23 points in his past 16 games. Kuznetsov has 23 points in his past 17 games. Connolly has two goals and two assists during a three-game point streak. Ovechkin has 18 points in 14 games. Oshie has 16 points in his past 13 games.



    
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Re: Game 54 vs. Carolina Hurricanes

February 7 2017, 6:42 PM 

'Canes are probably more dangerous than the last two teams the Caps have faced: they have some talent on their top 3 lines. Gotta be careful.

Bruins have fired Claude Julien, Bruce Cassidy takes over as head coach:
https://www.nhl.com/news/bruce-cassidy-takes-over-as-boston-bruins-coach/c-286510120

LOL, I was checking his career as a coach a couple of days ago...
http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=857

So he's back there, 13 years later, as head coach in the NHL. happy.gif Which doesn't make us feel any younger.

I gotta go to sleep and I won't follow the first period, after all. Have fun. See you probably next time.

Let's go, Caps!

 
 

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Re: Game 54 vs. Carolina Hurricanes

February 7 2017, 7:23 PM 

http://www.vipbox.bz/ice-hockey/435194/1/toronto-maple-leafs-vs-washington-capitals-live-stream-online.html

Terrible feed tonight, but it's all I can find...

game on... couple offsides early on... feed working better now...

SOGs 5-0 'Canes already... timeout at 12:25 left 1st.

 
 

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Re: Game 54 vs. Carolina Hurricanes

February 7 2017, 7:30 PM 

Well our millions of readers will miss your astute insight, but I know how sleep is more important these days...

Caps to the PP at 11:01, 'Canes are the top PK in the League...

good work... Ovie!

1-0

 
 

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Re: Game 54 vs. Carolina Hurricanes

February 7 2017, 7:37 PM 

Caps really worked the puck there, first Oshie got crossbar on a good chance, too... Niskanen and Backstrom the assists...

another great shift, takeaway and stuff attempt by Ovechkin, Alzner gets pipe...

very next shift Connolly!!

2-0!!


 
 

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Re: Game 54 vs. Carolina Hurricanes

February 7 2017, 7:40 PM 

Under review for offside... and ruled inconclusive!!

2-0 officially.

 
 

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Re: Game 54 vs. Carolina Hurricanes

February 7 2017, 7:49 PM 

Caps to the PP again, 2:37 left 1st... another goal this period could do serious damage to the 'canes' plans for the evening... killed...

Kuz was slashed twice in the right wrist, no call, straight to the bench and the room...

2-0 Caps, end 1st.

 
 

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Re: Game 54 vs. Carolina Hurricanes

February 7 2017, 8:18 PM 

2nd on... Kuz is back and skating, so maybe not as bad as it looked...

icing Carolina at 14:58 left 2nd... 12:22, timeout... several more great chances for the Caps- I don't think I've ever seen them play better, or smarter.

 
 

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Re: Game 54 vs. Carolina Hurricanes

February 7 2017, 8:22 PM 

Great stretch pass to Aho, alone...

Holtby. No sweat.

 
 

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Re: Game 54 vs. Carolina Hurricanes

February 7 2017, 8:38 PM 

Caps are just in total control of the puck, end to end...

5:46 left 2nd, Cap in the box (Kuz) for interference... killed, chances but no SOGs...

now the Caps take over again...

2-0 Caps, end 2nd.

 
 

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Re: Game 54 vs. Carolina Hurricanes

February 7 2017, 9:06 PM 

3rd on... 18:05 left, it's PK Caps... great zone time for the 'Canes, but no SOGs (and Beagle hobbled from a block)... killed...

great passing by the Caps... Connolly with control...

Eller!!! BOOM!!!

3-0

 
 

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Re: Game 54 vs. Carolina Hurricanes

February 7 2017, 9:06 PM 

Kuz!!!!

4-0

 
 

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Re: Game 54 vs. Carolina Hurricanes

February 7 2017, 9:23 PM 

JB says 4 or more in 15 of the last 20... 5 or more in the last 8 at home before tonight...

9:10 left, icing Caps... 7:26 the Caps to the PP again... Staal and Nordstrom with great SH chances, no goal... Ovechkin shot, right on... rebound...

Johansson!!!!!

5-0

 
 

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Re: Game 54 vs. Carolina Hurricanes (W 5-0)

February 7 2017, 9:35 PM 

3:11 left Kuz just missed on a semi-breakaway... 2:02, Holtby with 2 great saves the last few seconds... Caps home scoring run of 42-6 ?!?!?... last 1:15... :30... :10.4, Lack save...

5-0, final!!!!!

 
 
 
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