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Calgary has won six of eight; Washington aims to extend home winning streak

by Brian McNally / Correspondent

FLAMES (11-8-0) at CAPITALS (11-9-1)

7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, NBCSWA+, SNW, NHL.TV


The Game

The Washington Capitals will go for their sixth consecutive win on home ice when they play the Calgary Flames at Capital One Arena on Monday.

The Capitals haven't lost at home since Oct. 21 against the Florida Panthers and have held opponents to one goal in each of their past three home games. They are in a stretch of nine games in 10 at home.

Washington forward Alex Ovechkin hasn't scored a goal in his past five games.

The Flames have won six of eight. Forward Johnny Gaudreau has an NHL career-best nine-game point streak (7-10-17). Forward Sean Monahan has six goals in his past seven games against the Capitals.


Players to watch

Flames goalie Mike Smith (.919 save percentage, 2.70 goals-against average) returned from an upper-body injury and made 35 saves in a 5-4 overtime win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Smith made 30 saves in a 2-1 win against Washington in Calgary on Oct. 29. 

Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (.921 save percentage, 2.56 GAA) is tied for third in the League in wins (11). He made 30 saves in a 3-1 win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.


They said it

"We had to tighten up our neutral zone. Last game it was a culprit for us, four or five chances where we gave some odd-man rushes and zone time. You can't do that against this team here. Well, you can't do it against any team, but we dodged a few bullets in [Philadelphia]." -- Flames coach Glen Gulutzan on the Capitals

"It is jammed up and I don't foresee it not being jammed up all year. Other than maybe Tampa and St. Louis and Los Angeles and a couple of teams that have a little bit of a lead. But the rest of us are just mortal." -- Capitals coach Barry Trotz on the NHL's compressed standings 


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Sam Bennett -- Mark Jankowski -- Jaromir Jagr

Kris Versteeg -- Freddie Hamilton -- Troy Brouwer

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Travis Hamonic

Brett Kulak -- Michael Stone

Mike Smith

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Matt Bartkowski, Curtis Lazar, Matt Stajan

Injured: None


Capitals projected lineup

Chandler Stephenson -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie

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

Jakub Vrana -- Lars Eller -- Tom Wilson

Brett Connolly -- Jay Beagle -- Alex Chiasson

Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik -- John Carlson

Taylor Chorney -- Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Aaron Ness, Nathan Walker

Injured: Andre Burakovsky (fractured left thumb), Christian Djoos (upper body)


Status report

Djoos hasn't skated since he was injured Tuesday, but Trotz is hopeful he will by the end of the week. … Freddie Hamilton returns to the Flames lineup for Lazar.


Stat pack

The Capitals have scored at least two power-play goals in a game five times. …The Flames are 18-4 in overtime or the shootout since the start of 2016-17, including 5-0 this season.

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