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Los Angeles is 3-0-1 in past four; Washington concludes six-game homestand

by Harvey Valentine / Correspondent

KINGS (23-27-5) at CAPITALS (30-18-7)



The Game

The Washington Capitals conclude a season-long six-game homestand against the Los Angeles Kings at Capital One Arena on Monday.

Washington is 3-1-1 during the homestand after losing seven in a row (0-5-2) and is five points behind the New York Islanders for first place in the Metropolitan Division.

Los Angeles, which is concluding a season-long six-game road trip, is 3-0-1 in its past four games and 6-2-2 its past 10. 


Players to watch

Kings forward Anze Kopitar has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past seven games.

Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has six points (three goals, three assists) in a three-game point streak and 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past seven games.


They said it

"Guys are getting worn down a little bit and it's been a long [road trip], but when you look at [Washington's] lineup, you know if you're not good, they're going to be coming hard. So we'd better make sure we're good early because we're going to need to be." -- Kings coach Willie Desjardins

"Our game has improved since coming back from the [All-Star break], particularly the chance-for-chance has been better for us overall. That's what I'm looking for, but I need 60 minutes of the details, and the importance of the timing of mistakes we're making is tending to cause us problems." -- Capitals coach Todd Reirden


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Brendan Leipsic -- Michael Amadio -- Tyler Toffoli

Carl Hagelin -- Adrian Kempe -- Ilya Kovalchuk

Kyle Clifford -- Trevor Lewis -- Austin Wagner

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez -- Oscar Fantenberg

Dion Phaneuf -- Paul LaDue

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Sean Walker

Injured: Jeff Carter (lower body), Jonny Brodzinski (upper body)


Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Tom Wilson

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

Andre Burakovsky -- Lars Eller -- Brett Connolly

Chandler Stephenson -- Nic Dowd -- Devante Smith-Pelly

Michal Kempny -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik -- Christian Djoos

Pheonix Copley

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Madison Bowey, Dmitrij Jaskin, Travis Boyd

Injured: None


Status report

Lewis returns after missing 38 games because of a broken foot. … Desjardins said Carter is "probably a few days away yet before he'll be back." … Kuznetsov and Wilson moved up to skate with Ovechkin, while Backstrom and Oshie skated with Vrana in the third period against the Panthers on Saturday.


Stat pack

Brown needs one point for 600 in the NHL. … Kempe has six points (four goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak. … Toffoli has six points (three goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak. … Ovechkin has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past six games. … Oshie has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his past eight games.

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