WINNIPEG – The Washington Capitals
arrived Wednesday in Winnipeg fresh off a frustrating late 3-1 loss at Nashville the night before.
A pair of Nashville goals late in the third period undid what had been a very solid effort for the Capitals, who will conclude this three-game journey Saturday night at Toronto. A Capitals win tonight would give coach Bruce Boudreau
his 200th NHL coaching victory.
Much of the focus in Winnipeg on Thursday morning surrounded Alex Ovechkin
, who leads the Capitals with seven goals this season and will be making his NHL debut on Winnipeg ice.
“So-so,” Ovechkin answered when asked to describe the start to his season. “I’m thinking all the time what I have to do differently.”
But 20 of the 23 skaters who have dressed for the Capitals this season have recorded at least one point, and 17 different Capitals have scored a goal. However, despite that balanced scoring, the Capitals have sagged since a franchise-best 7-0-0 start to the season and have gone just 3-5-1 since that opening burst.
Washington will be without sidelined defenseman Mike Green
, who remains back in Washington. Jay Beagle
will miss his 16th game tonight stemming from a concussion after a fight with Pittsburgh’s Arron Asham
Here is the projected lineup for Washington tonight:
– Nicklas Backstrom
– Alex Ovechkin
– Brooks Laich
– Alexander Semin
– Marcus Johansson
– Joel Ward
– Jeff Halpern
– Mike Knuble
– Karl Alzner
– Dennis Wideman
– John Carlson
will start for the Capitals, with Tomas Vokoun
serving as back-up.