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Game 67 at Los Angeles Kings (L 2-4)

March 11 2017 at 6:08 PM

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https://www.nhl.com/news/washington-capitals-los-angeles-kings-game-preview/c-287616102

Preview: Capitals at Kings
Washington looks to avoid third straight loss; Jonathan Quick likely in goal for Los Angeles
by Forrest Lee / NHL.com Correspondent
5:50 PM

CAPITALS (44-15-7) at KINGS (32-28-6)

10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, CSN-DC+, NHL.TV



Capitals team scope

The Washington Capitals have lost two in a row and are 5-4-1 since returning from their six-day break. They haven't lost three straight in regulation since Feb. 22-27, 2015. The Capitals, who are coming off a 4-2 loss against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Thursday, are three points ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metropolitan Division entering play Saturday. Coach Barry Trotz is expected change his top two lines. Marcus Johansson skated at practice Friday with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie on the top line. Alex Ovechkin skated with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson. Ovechkin has one point in the past seven games and hasn't scored an even-strength goal in a career-high 16 games. "He's skating probably as well as he has all year," Trotz told the Washington Post. "I like his work ethic. If he just keeps adding that little bit of physical element and keeps shooting the puck, he's going to score some goals. I'm pretty sure about that. I'll bet anybody that he will." Braden Holtby (34-10-5), who leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.97) and shutouts (eight) entering Saturday, is expected to start in goal. The Capitals are 0-4-2 in their past six games at Los Angeles. Washington, which will play the second of three games on its California trip, is 14-5-0 against Western Conference opponents.



Kings team scope

Jonathan Quick, who had 21 saves in a 3-2 win against the Nashville Predators on Thursday, is expected to start in goal for the Los Angeles Kings. Quick is 3-0-1 in four starts since returning from a groin injury that forced him to miss 59 games. He is 6-2-0 with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage in eight career games against the Capitals. "First off, they have one of the best goalies in the League, and they have one of the most experienced teams in the League, and it's not like they've all of a sudden come upon that," coach Darryl Sutter said of the Capitals after the morning skate Saturday. "If you have the opportunity to watch Washington play, they've been a dominant team for a number of years now." The Kings are three points behind the St. Louis Blues for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. "They're a really good team so we have to come out heavy and play fast and keep them away from our net," Kempe said. "I think we have to play heavy around their net and get a lot of shots through."



Capitals projected lineup

Marcus Johansson -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie

Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsova -- Tom Wilson

Brett Connolly -- Lars Eller -- Justin Williams

Daniel Winnik -- Jay Beagle -- Jakub Vrana

Karl Alzner -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Nate Schmidt, Taylor Chorney

Injured: Andre Burakovsky (hand)



Kings projected lineup

Marian Gaborik -- Anze Kopitar -- Jarome Iginla

Tanner Pearson -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Trevor Lewis -- Adrian Kempe -- Dustin Brown

Andy Andreoff -- Nic Dowd -- Kyle Clifford

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Paul LaDue

Kevin Gravel -- Alec Martinez

Jonathan Quick

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Brayden McNabb

Injured: Jordan Nolan (undisclosed), Nick Shore (upper body)



Status report

Nolan and Shore did not participate in the morning skate Saturday and are each listed as day to day.



Who's hot

Backstrom has 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in his past 17 games. ... Shattenkirk has an assist in three straight games and tied his career high with his 45th point on Thursday. … Doughty has an assist in three straight games.

Gonna try and watch this one, hitting the sack almost as soon as I hit post...



    
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Re: Game 67 at Los Angeles Kings

March 11 2017, 11:09 PM 

Around 9:00 PM my time tonight...

Washington Capitals‏ @Capitals

Philipp Grubauer will start in net tonight for Washington. #CapsKings #RockTheRed

 
 

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Re: Game 67 at Los Angeles Kings

March 11 2017, 11:14 PM 

http://www.vipbox.bz/ice-hockey/424206/2/washington-capitals-vs-san-jose-sharks-live-stream-online.html

Woke up a little late...

Vrana for the Caps, Gaborik for the Kings... 1-1, TV timeout.

 
 

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Re: Game 67 at Los Angeles Kings

March 11 2017, 11:18 PM 

Kick save Quick save at the horn...

1-1, end 1st.

 
 

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Re: Game 67 at Los Angeles Kings

March 11 2017, 11:33 PM 

So far, outshot 9-4, outhit 13-8, outblocked 4-3, outtaked 2-0... only thing Caps are winning is faceoffs 59% and the PP is 1/2.

Only saw the last 1:00 or so, no idea if they're playing well. Posters at Bumper's seem to be ambivalent

We shall see in the 2nd. (Now that I'm up for a while, it's tequila, laundry, and The Phantom of the Opera (1943 Technicolor version)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036261/?ref_=nv_sr_5 during the break.

 
 

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Re: Game 67 at Los Angeles Kings

March 11 2017, 11:40 PM 

2nd on, I check the laundry quickly, head for the bathroom break...

Oshie!! :47 in!!

2-1 Caps!!

 
 

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Re: Game 67 at Los Angeles Kings

March 11 2017, 11:52 PM 

Caps don't agree, but after discussion it's a Kings' PP after the puck sails over the glass..

Alzner blocks one out of play off his knee, and KA goes gingerly to his seat on the bench- let's see if he comes back out... now Grubauer catches one between his neck and his mask (but he's ok)... and Carter buries one with :32 left on the PP.

2-2


 
 

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Re: Game 67 at Los Angeles Kings

March 12 2017, 12:03 AM 

Caps get a pipe, then a goal washed out- off the pipe, light goes on, but ref says no and play continues... TV timeout at a penalty, not sure who...

it's Beagle. PK time.

 
 

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Re: Game 67 at Los Angeles Kings

March 12 2017, 12:16 AM 

Key save by Grubauer, and at least Alzner is out there as usual, so I guess no harm on that earlier block... killed, good job...

wow great save by Grubauer- puck kicked out to center, and Brown gets a good whack at it...

Gaborik a breakaway, but Kuznetsov hassles him from behind all the way, and it results in not even a shot...

Caps to the PP with 3:08 left 2nd... great D and keepaway, and the Kings kill it easily with no SOGs...

last 1:00 is all Kings, but the period ends.

2-2 end 2nd.


 
 

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Re: Game 67 at Los Angeles Kings

March 12 2017, 12:44 AM 

Outshot again 8-7, only thing the Caps improved was faceoffs (now 61%)... Kings 2nd goal creditted to Kopitar, who got just a piece of it (after it had already changed direction off Niskanen)...

here we go, 3rd on, brand new game (can't say as much for the ice- they had a Chili Peppers concert last night, and a basketball game this afternoon at Staples)...

16:12 left reg, icing Kings... no spectacular action in the 3rd so far... 12:24 left... timeout.


 
 

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Re: Game 67 at Los Angeles Kings

March 12 2017, 12:50 AM 

11:44, icing Kings... 11:14, Kempe for the Kings with (of course) his first NHL goal...

3-2 Kings.

 
 

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Re: Game 67 at Los Angeles Kings

March 12 2017, 12:59 AM 

9:30 left... 9:22 a timeout... JB just says Kempe's goal was the first Kings' SOG in 15:00... offside Caps at 7:26... 5:56 and a TV timeout.

 
 

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Re: Game 67 at Los Angeles Kings

March 12 2017, 1:11 AM 

5:52 Grubauer glove save... 4:03, Cap in the box (Shattenkirk) for charging... killed, Gruby pulled about 1:38... and, at :34.6, Cap in the box for a slash... they pull Grubauer again... ENG at :01.4...

4-2 Kings, final.

 
 
 
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