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Washington going for third straight victory; Arizona looking to win consecutive games for first time this season

by Brian McNally / NHL.com Correspondent

COYOTES (2-12-1) at CAPITALS (7-6-1)

7 p.m. ET; NBCSWA, FS-A, NHL.TV

 

The Game 

The Washington Capitals will try to push their winning streak to a season-long three games when they play the Arizona Coyotes at Capital One Arena on Monday.

They defeated the New York Islanders 4-3 on Thursday and the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Saturday. The win against the Islanders also ended a three-game home losing streak (0-3-0); they're 2-3-0 at home for the season.

The Coyotes are trying to win consecutive games for the first time this season after their 2-1 shootout victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. They are 2-2-0 in their past four games after starting the season 0-10-1.

 

Players to watch

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in his past nine games. Keller leads NHL rookies in goals (10) and points (16).

Capitals forward Lars Eller has four points (two goals, two assists) in the past two games. His line, along with Chandler Stephenson (three assists) and Tom Wilson (two goals, one assist) combined for 10 points against the Islanders and in a 4-3 win against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

 

They said it

"Everybody says [Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin] just scores from that one spot. I've seen him score from all different spots. He goes to the net. He's got that great [move] taking the puck from the outside to the middle with that shot. Obviously he's great on the power play. He can score in many different facets. When teams try to take the shot away, then he'll do other things. And he's an underrated passer." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet

"He has 10 goals and he could probably have 20. We were just watching video and he can fly and he's always around the puck. He's a good player already and should only get better with time." -- Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik on Coyotes forward Clayton Keller 

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Brendan Perlini

Max Domi -- Christian Dvorak -- Christian Fischer

Jordan Martinook -- Brad Richardson -- Nick Cousins

Zac Rinaldo -- Mario Kempe -- Tobias Rieder

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Alex Goligoski -- Dakota Mermis

Kevin Connauton -- Luke Schenn

Scott Wedgewood

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Anthony Duclair, Louis Domingue

Injured: Jakob Chychrun (knee), Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body)

 

Capitals projected lineup

Jakub Vrana -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie

Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Devante Smith-Pelly

Chandler Stephenson -- Lars Eller -- Tom Wilson

Nathan Walker -- Jay Beagle -- Alex Chiasson

Dmitry Orlov -- Taylor Chorney

Christian Djoos -- John Carlson

Brooks Orpik -- Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Aaron Ness , Liam O'Brien

Injured: Andre Burakovsky (fractured left thumb), Brett Connolly (upper body), Tyler Graovac (upper body), Matt Niskanen (upper body) 

 

Status report

Wedgewood will make his third start and first since Oct. 31. The Coyotes have not won in Washington since Nov. 2, 2014. … Walker is expected back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch against the Bruins.

 

Stat pack

Domi has eight assists in his past 12 games. The Coyotes have committed 43 penalties, second-fewest penalties in the NHL. … Holtby is 3-1-0 with a 2.54 goals-against average in four career games against the Coyotes. Ovechkin has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 14 career games against the Coyotes.

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