CAPITALS (2-0-0) at FLYERS (2-0-0)
Season series: The teams split their four games last season, each winning once at home and once on the road.
Big Story: Flyers goalie Ray Emery has been nearly unbeatable in his first two games back in the NHL, stopping 52 of 54 shots in wins against
Capitals -- The Capitals have exploded out of the gate offensively, but their defense was an issue Saturday. After taking a 6-1 lead on
Flyers -- While Emery has been good in net, he hasn't had to work all that hard. Among teams to play more than once,
Who's Hot -- The question facing Flyers rookie forward James van Riemsdyk was if he could handle the jump from the NCAA to the NHL. Through two games, it hasn't been a problem as the 6-foot-3, 200-pound left wing has a team-high 3 points, all on assists. Jeff Carter, who finished second to Ovechkin in goals last season, already is hot on his tail with 2 goals so far. While Ovechkin dominates the headlines, Brooks Laich has 3 goals and 5 points in two games.
Injury Report -- Emery likely will start in goal again Tuesday, but expect to see backup Brian Boucher at some point during the three-game homestand that starts against the Caps. Boucher has yet to play this season due to a lower-body injury suffered during training camp. The Caps have a fully healthy squad.
Stat Pack -- Ovechkin was held scoreless in his first two games against the Flyers last season, than had a goal and an assist in each of the final two games. His 2-2-4 line was his worst against an Eastern Conference foe. Carter's 7 points against
Puck Drop -- Mike Knuble was one of the more popular players in
"I can say try to treat it like it's another game but there's some history there," Knuble said. "I'm looking forward to trying to get a win there. As a player you just want to play well and do your best to try to win the game. It's no secret, you want to play well every game, and in certain ones stand out a little more."
-- Adam Kimelman, NHL.com
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