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Game 70 vs. Nashville Predators (L 1-2 OT)

March 16 2017 at 2:04 PM

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https://www.nhl.com/news/nashville-predators-washington-capitals-game-preview/c-287770446

Preview: Predators at Capitals
Kevin Shattenkirk returns from suspension for Washington; Forward Colin Wilson out for Nashville
by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent
1:27 PM

PREDATORS (34-24-11) at CAPITALS (45-17-7)

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



Predators team scope

The Nashville Predators are two points ahead of the St. Louis Blues for third place in the Central Division with 79 points and have earned a point in 10 of their past 12 games (7-2-3). Nashville has trailed by at least two goals in five of its past 14 games and has come back to win three of them. "Lately we've been playing pretty good," Filip Forsberg said. "We've been getting points in a lot of the games and obviously we had a huge, huge comeback win against Winnipeg (5-4 overtime win on Monday). We'll just try to take that with us into tonight's game. We obviously want to go out and take the lead. Especially at home they've been playing well, they've been scoring a lot of goals. So it's going to be a tough challenge for sure." Forward Colin Wilson will not play because of a lower-body injury; Kevin Fiala will replace him in the lineup. Goalie Pekka Rinne will play in his 500th NHL game.



Capitals team scope

Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk returns after serving a two-game suspension for charging Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel on Saturday. "I've just been trying to tell myself to make sure I'm playing the same way, not playing timid at all," Shattenkirk said. "More importantly jump back in with these guys and give any sort of boost that I can. I felt good out there today, working with the guys again and work getting some power play reps in. I think tonight should be pretty seamless, the first couple shifts I have to make sure I keep it simple." Washington ended a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday and leads the Pittsburgh Penguins by two points for first place in the Metropolitan Division, Eastern Conference and League. Braden Holtby, who leads the NHL with a 2.03 goals against average and is fifth in save percentage (.926), will start in goal.



Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Kevin Fiala -- Calle Jarnkrok -- James Neal

PA Parenteau -- Mike Fisher -- Craig Smith

Cody McLeod -- Colton Sissons -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- P.K. Subban

Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Vernon Fiddler, Brad Hunt, Anthony Bitetto

Injured: Miikka Salomaki (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body)



Capitals projected lineup

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

Marcus Johansson -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Justin Williams

Brett Connolly -- Lars Eller -- Jakub Vrana

Daniel Winnik -- Jay Beagle -- Tom Wilson

Karl Alzner -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Taylor Chorney, Nate Schmidt

Injured: Andre Burakovsky (hand)



Status report

Burakovsky is expected to take part in a full practice Friday, coach Barry Trotz said. Washington will then determine if he travel for the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.



Who's hot

Forsberg has 17 points (12 goals) in his past 11 games. ... Josi has four assists in his past three games. ... Neal has four points (two goals, two assists) during a four-game point streak. ... Johansen has three points (two goals) in two games. … Ovechkin has three points in two games. ... Kuznetsov has a goal and an assist in his past two games. ... Carlson has three points in his past two games. ... Backstrom had three assists against Minnesota on Tuesday.


    
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Re: Game 69 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 2017, 7:09 PM 


 
 

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Re: Game 69 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 2017, 7:13 PM 

Welcome back, Shattenkirk. Let's go, Caps!

 
 

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Re: Game 69 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 2017, 7:17 PM 

Caps playing great.

Only one shot in the first 6 minutes, though, by Backstrom. And now Wilson gets two big chances!

I like the tempo. Caps mean serious business.

 
 

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Re: Game 69 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 2017, 7:21 PM 

A great defensive shift by Williams, always filling the holes left by the d-men.

 
 

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Re: Game 69 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 2017, 7:23 PM 

Holtby can only tie his record of last season, and only if he plays and wins all the remaining games of the season, hehe. Too bad the Caps didn't start the season too well.

 
 

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Re: Game 69 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 2017, 7:26 PM 

Looking good so far, not a lot of great chances either way.

 
 

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Re: Game 69 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 2017, 7:29 PM 

Greta play off the turnover!

1-0!

 
 

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Re: Game 69 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 2017, 7:30 PM 

Eller recovers the puck (looks like a trip at first sight), to Vrana, who serves Connolly perfectly... 1-0 Caps!

I believe the other guy stumbled, but the Preds' coach didn't like it.

 
 

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Re: Game 69 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 2017, 7:32 PM 

Actually I'm not sure Eller touched the puck. It seems he only tripped the Pred. It would require some long review.

 
 

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Re: Game 69 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 2017, 7:35 PM 

Oshie on his knees for a shot... denied! Too bad.


    
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Re: Game 69 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 2017, 7:43 PM 

Good 1st period! I'm good for one more, then need to decide (work in the morning)...

 
 

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Re: Game 69 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 2017, 7:44 PM 

End of first period, 1-0 Caps. Deserved considering their play, but I'm not sure the goal was too legal. It would be good to score a couple in the second period.

 
 

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Re: Game 69 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 2017, 8:10 PM 

Caps still playing good in the second period. We'd need a few more chances, though. Kuznetsov got a great one but it was blocked by a d-man, I believe.

 
 

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Re: Game 69 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 2017, 8:18 PM 

First penalty of the game, Caps will have a PP.

 
 

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Re: Game 69 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 2017, 8:20 PM 

Need to get this here to really take control.

 
 

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Re: Game 69 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 2017, 8:23 PM 

Good job by the Preds, killed.

 
 

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Re: Game 69 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 2017, 8:23 PM 

No SOGs, no goal... got to give the Preds credit, too- they really aren't allowing much to happen.

 
 

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Re: Game 69 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 2017, 8:25 PM 

Yes, the Caps are playing an excellent game, but the Preds too, at least defensively. So the Caps don't get all the chances they should get from their strong effort.

 
 

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Re: Game 69 vs. Nashville Predators

March 16 2017, 8:26 PM 

Thug Wilson to the box for tripping.

 
 
 
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