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Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings (W 6-3)

February 9 2017 at 5:17 PM

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A crippled, desperate Detroit Red wings...


https://www.nhl.com/news/detroit-red-wings-washington-capitals-game-preview/c-286591266


RED WINGS (22-21-10) at CAPITALS (37-11-6)

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



Red Wings team scope

Goalie Petr Mrazek will start his fourth straight game for the Detroit Red Wings after making 24 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. The Red Wings, who have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs for 25 consecutive seasons, are five points out of the second wild card from the Eastern Conference and 2-2-4 in their past eight games. "We have to play a great road game," coach Jeff Blashill said. "We have to do a great job of managing the puck. We've got to do a great job of getting the puck out at our blue line, get the puck in at their blue line and trying to make them defend. I think we've proven to be a really good hockey team when we play in the offensive zone, so let's do everything we can to transport the puck and play in the offensive zone as much as possible." Defenseman Ryan Sproul returns after being a healthy scratch for 12 games. Sproul will be on the third defensive pairing with Brendan Smith.



Capitals team scope

The Washington Capitals have won four straight and 10 in a row at Verizon Center, where they are 22-5-1 and haven't lost in regulation since Dec. 17 (2-1 against the Montreal Canadiens), but coach Barry Trotz is bracing for a Red Wings team deep into its playoff push. "They're finding ways to dig in, they're finding ways to get extra points every night," Trotz said. "That's been a real good committed mindset. They've got a team with good speed and good structure as they always do. Right now they know they're in a real war to get into a playoff spot. They've got a legacy that I think everyone on that team wants to continue." Goalie Braden Holtby will start for the Capitals. Holtby is 12-0-0 with 19 goals allowed in his past 14 games and has four shutouts in his past 12, including his seventh of the season when he made 23 saves in a 5-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.



Red Wings projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Anthony Mantha

Andreas Athanasiou -- Darren Helm -- Thomas Vanek

Tomas Tatar -- Riley Sheahan -- Dylan Larkin

Justin Abdelkader -- Luke Glendening -- Tomas Jurco

Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green

Nick Jensen -- Jonathan Ericsson

Brendan Smith -- Ryan Sproul

Petr Mrazek

Jared Coreau

Scratched: Steve Ott, Xavier Ouellet, Alexey Marchenko

Injured: Tyler Bertuzzi (ankle), Jimmy Howard (knee), Frans Nielsen (shoulder), Niklas Kronwall (lower body)



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, Zach Sanford

Injured: None



Status report

Sanford was recalled from Hershey of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.



Who's hot

Zetterberg has seven points in his past six games. … Backstrom has 24 points in 17 games. … Ovechkin has 20 points in his past 15 games.



    
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Marc
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Re: Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings

February 9 2017, 5:29 PM 

"I think we've proven to be a really good hockey team when we play in the offensive zone."

I guess that means they're not such a good hockey team when they play in the defensive zone. Could be really hard for them tonight. Like for any team meeting the Caps lately.

 
 

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Re: Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings

February 9 2017, 7:17 PM 

Found a feed after two minutes of play. Looks like Blashill's plan is not working great so far: it's all Caps.

 
 

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Re: Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings

February 9 2017, 7:20 PM 

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

Nice ceremony for Fatima Al Ali, smart woman to get that "selfie" with Ovie and Zetterberg...

game on, Holtby and Mrazek...

Caps with a great 4th line shift again, a turnover, and Mrazek has to come up big to keep Wilson from scoring...

another great shift, Wings break it up but Caps get it right back, keep it in...

Johansson!

1-0 Caps!

 
 

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Re: Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings

February 9 2017, 7:22 PM 

Great shift by the second line, Johansson scores!!! 1-0 Caps.

Assists: Kuznetsov and Williams.


    
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Re: Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings

February 9 2017, 7:25 PM 

Trying your feed to see if it's ahead of mine... And it is, so I switch to it.

 
 

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Re: Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings

February 9 2017, 7:28 PM 

Johansson and Oshie #1 and 2 in the league in shooting percentage, they say. Great.

 
 

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Re: Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings

February 9 2017, 7:30 PM 

Kuznetzov and Williams the assists...

team is just on fire.

 
 

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Re: Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings

February 9 2017, 7:33 PM 

Caps could actually have a guy at the top of each category when the season ends: Ovechkin for goals, Backstrom for points and assists, Orpik for +/-, and Holtby for GAA, save percentage, wins and shutouts. Would be nice to see, especially for Backstrom.

 
 

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Re: Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings

February 9 2017, 7:33 PM 

Hear that? +36 in 1st period goal differential... similar stat I saw today, since December 31st, goal differential, 2nd place +15, 3rd place +14... Caps in 1st with +50.

 
 

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Re: Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings

February 9 2017, 7:34 PM 

Make it +49... lol

 
 

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Re: Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings

February 9 2017, 7:35 PM 

Wings with a great chance 4-on-4... And now they score, 5-on-5.

1-1.

 
 

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Re: Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings

February 9 2017, 7:37 PM 

Caps have found a way to score a huge amount of goals in 2017 while defending extremely well. It's not only the goalies.

 
 

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Re: Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings

February 9 2017, 7:40 PM 

Bura hurt on his birthday (22), Ericcson boarded hard... PK time...

 
 

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Re: Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings

February 9 2017, 7:40 PM 

And 2-1 Wings that fast.

 
 

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Re: Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings

February 9 2017, 7:41 PM 

And now they score on the PP! 2-1 Wings.

The guy was right: they're good when they're in the offensive zone. So let's push them back to their own zone, LOL.

 
 

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Re: Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings

February 9 2017, 7:43 PM 

Connolly! Wow! 2-2.

He was knocked out a few seconds earlier.

 
 

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Re: Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings

February 9 2017, 7:44 PM 

And limping off... the injuries are coming out tonight.

 
 

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Re: Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings

February 9 2017, 7:46 PM 

Did Connolly and Eller bring something to this team? It took some time at first, but now they're making the Caps a much better team. MacLellan has really done an amazing job in a few years.

3-on-1 for the Caps... good defense, no shot.

 
 

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Re: Game 55 vs. Detroit Red Wings

February 9 2017, 7:48 PM 

That's the two I pick- took a little while to blend in, but wow when they did.

 
 
 
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