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Preview: Flyers at Capitals

Washington looks for ninth straight win; Philadelphia seeks to end road slump

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

 

FLYERS (22-17-6) at CAPITALS (28-9-5)

1 p.m. ET; NBC, TVA Sports, CSN-PH, CSN-DC, NHL.TV

Flyers team scope

Steve Mason could start in goal for the Philadelphia Flyers against the Washington Capitals on Sunday after Michal Neuvirth started Saturday and made 33 saves in a 6-3 loss to the Boston Bruins. The Flyers are 0-6-2 during an eight-game road losing streak and are 3-7-3 since winning 10 games in a row. In the loss to the Bruins, the Flyers allowed two power-play goals, a shorthanded goal and a goal on a rush. The Flyers have allowed eight shorthanded goals, the most in the NHL. "We got to shore it up," coach Dave Hakstol told CSN Philly after the game. "Three areas are obvious. Spending too much time killing penalties, turning pucks over in succession at a critical time in the game to pass on momentum, and then mistakes we are making this time of year, especially, on the rush coverage where it's been the last two or three games. Those are areas that get you in trouble."

 

Capitals team scope

Backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer could play in the first game of a back-to-back for Washington. Braden Holtby made 24 saves in his NHL-leading sixth shutout of the season in a 6-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. The Capitals have won eight consecutive games and are second in the NHL with 61 points. If they win, they would pass the idle Columbus Blue Jackets (62) for most points in the League. Through the eight-game streak, dating to Dec. 31, the Capitals have scored 35 goals. Coach Barry Trotz has not altered his lineup since. "The lines started getting an identity and you just let them keep creating that identity," Trotz said Saturday. "We've been fortunate. We've had good health. It's easy to keep the lines together when you're not ravaged with injuries. It's been good for us." Washington is 15-2-2 in its past 19 games and 17-5-1 at home this season.

 

Flyers projected lineup

Michael Raffl -- Claude Giroux -- Travis Konecny

Nick Cousins -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Dale Weise -- Brayden Schenn -- Wayne Simmonds

Chris VandeVelde -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Roman Lyubimov

Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald

Mark Streit -- Radko Gudas

Nick Schultz -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Steve Mason

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Brandon Manning, Michael Del Zotto

Injured: Matt Read (lower body)

 

Capitals projected lineup

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

Marcus Johansson -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Justin Williams

Brett Connolly -- Lars Eller -- Andre Burakovsky

Daniel Winnik -- Jay Beagle -- Tom Wilson

Karl Alzner -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik -- Nate Schmidt

Philipp Grubauer

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Taylor Chorney, Chandler Stephenson

Injured: None

 

Status report

Washington recalled Stephenson from Hershey of the American League on Saturday to have an extra forward for an upcoming three-game road trip.

 

Who's hot

Kuznetsov has nine points in his past six games (two goals, seven assists). … Ovechkin has six points in three games and 13 points in 11 games. … Backstrom has 10 points during a five-game point streak (three goals, seven assists). … Williams has 11 points in his past 10 games (five goals, six assists). … Carlson has seven points in six games (two goals, five assists). …Oshie has 10 points in seven games (four goals, six assists). ... Voracek has four assists in his past five games. … Schenn has a goal in four straight games.

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