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At the Rink: Flames at Capitals

by Katie Brown

WASHINGTON -- Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will have another chance to pass Sergei Fedorov's record of most NHL goals by a Russian-born player when the Capitals play the Calgary Flames on Friday at Verizon Center (7 p.m. ET; SNW, CSN-DC). He tied Fedorov’s record of 483 goals Nov. 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Ovechkin scored a second goal against the Maple Leafs and had a goal Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers but both were waved off after video reviews.

With the record so close, the Flames are preparing for Ovechkin to be even more driven to score than usual.

"His linemates are always looking for him and I'm expecting they're going to be looking even more tonight for him," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "He's a guy that can beat you on the rush, can beat you driving to the net and beat you parked in his spot waiting for that big release."

Goaltender Karri Ramo will make his seventh consecutive start for the Flames. The Flames lost 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

"We committed to go with one [goalie], and especially the way that he fought, like yesterday in Tampa, it was just normal he wants to start and we're going to give it to him," Hartley said. "He deserves it."

Hartley thought the Flames were good enough to beat the Lightning but said he isn't discouraged by the result of the game and said he wants to build on the good things the Flames did.

"Sometimes in this business you don't deserve to win and you get a few lucky bounces and you leave with two points," Hartley said. "Last night we felt that we played well enough to get the two points but we didn't and we have to move past that. The beauty of this game is we're right back tonight and we're playing another great hockey club."

The Capitals did not hold a morning skate Friday. This season Washington is 5-0-0 against teams playing the second of back-to-back games.

Washington defenseman Brooks Orpik did not play in Philadelphia and is listed as day-to day with a lower-body injury.

Capitals forward Chandler Stephenson was reassigned to Hershey of the American League on Friday.

Here are the projected lineups:


Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Jiri Hudler

Sam Bennett - Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik

Joe Colborne - Matt Stajan - David Jones

Micheal Ferland - Derek Grant - Brandon Bollig

Mark Giordano - T.J. Brodie

Kris Russell - Dougie Hamilton

Deryk Engelland - Dennis Wideman

Karri Ramo

Joni Ortio

Injured: Jonas Hiller (lower body), Lance Bouma (broken fibula)

Scratched: Ladislav Smid, Mason Raymond, Josh Jooris


Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie

Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Andre Burakovsky

Jason Chimera - Jay Beagle - Justin Williams

Brooks Laich- Michael Latta - Tom Wilson

Nate Schmidt - John Carlson

Matt Niskanen - Karl Alzner

Dmitry Orlov - Taylor Chorney

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Injured: Brooks Orpik (lower body), Chris Brown (hand)

Scratched: None

Status report: Brown was reassigned to Hershey of the AHL on Friday for a conditioning assignment. ... Capitals forward Stanislav Galiev was reassigned to Hershey on Nov. 6 for conditioning purposes.

Who's hot: Monahan has three points in his past two games. … Gaudreau leads the Flames in points with 17. Kuznetsov leads the Capitals in points with 17. … Ovechkin has 19 points in 11 career games against Calgary.

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