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Ovechkin set to play 1,100th NHL game for Washington; Calgary seeks third straight win

by Harvey Valentine / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

FLAMES (8-6-2) at CAPITALS (10-2-3)

7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, NBCSWA, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Alex Ovechkin is set to play his 1,100th NHL game when the Washington Capitals host the Calgary Flames at Capital One Arena on Sunday.

Ovechkin has 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) in his past 12 games, including points in 11 of the 12.

Washington is on a three-game winning streak and is 7-0-1 in its past eight games while outscoring opponents 37-23.

Calgary has won two straight and is 6-3-1 in its past 10 games. The Flames are playing the second of back-to-back games on the road after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 on Saturday.

 

Players to watch

Flames forward Elias Lindholm has eight points (four goals, four assists) during a six-game point streak.

Capitals forward Jakub Vrana has six points (three goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak.

 

They said it

"[The Capitals are] coming off a real impressive [6-1] win against Buffalo. They jumped out hard, got out into a comfortable lead in the first period and played real well. So we'll have our challenges, but you know what they are on a back-to-back. You need everybody involved, and you can't wade into the game. You've got to dive in head-first and play. So that's our challenge for tonight." -- Flames coach Bill Peters

"It's really important that we play to our team identity right from the drop of the puck. And if we can play that heavy, physical game where we're forechecking we feel strong about our team every night, let alone on a night when a team [is playing the second] of a back-to-back." -- Capitals coach Todd Reirden

 

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Andrew Mangiapane -- Derek Ryan -- Sam Bennett

Milan Lucic -- Mark Jankowski -- Alan Quine

Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

Oliver Kylington -- Rasmus Andersson

Cam Talbot

David Rittich

Scratched: Michael Stone, Tobias Rieder

Injured: Austin Czarnik (lower body)

 

Capitals projected lineup

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

Jakub Vrana -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Tom Wilson

Carl Hagelin -- Lars Eller -- Garnet Hathaway

Brendan Leipsic - Chandler Stephenson -- Travis Boyd

Michal Kempny -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Radko Gudas

Jonas Siegenthaler -- Nick Jensen

Ilya Samsonov

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Tyler Lewington, Liam O'Brien

Injured: Richard Panik (upper body), Nic Dowd (lower body)


Status report

The Flames did not hold a morning skate. Talbot's last start also came against the Capitals in a 5-3 loss on Oct. 22. … Reirden said Dowd remains day-to-day.

 

Stat pack

Tkachuk has six points (five goals, one assist) in his past five games. Gaudreau has five assists in a four-game point streak. … Since Ovechkin joined the NHL at the start of the 2005-06 season, only Patrick Marleau (1,110) and Eric Staal (1,107) have played in more games. Carlson has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in his past 12 games. Kempny has eight points (three goals, five assists) in seven games after missing Washington's first eight games while recovering from hamstring surgery in April.

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