GAME: Phoenix Coyotes (14-12-11-2) at Washington Capitals (11-25-4-1).
TIME: Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST.
The Phoenix Coyotes look to continue riding the hot play of goaltender Brian
Boucher as they try for their season-high fourth straight win in their only
matchup of the season with the Washington Capitals.
Boucher made 26 saves in the Coyotes' 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes
on Sunday for his third straight shutout.
"Right now, the puck looks like a beach ball to Boucher," Phoenix coach
Bob Francis said. "He's following it, squaring up, getting sound positionally
and his concentration level is outstanding."
Jan Hrdina had a goal and two assists, Ladislav Nagy and Paul Mara also
scored, and Branko Radivojevic added three assists for the Coyotes, who have
earned at least a point in eight of their last nine games.
Boucher, usually the backup to Sean Burke, has stopped 82 shots in the past
three games and is the 18th NHL goalie to record three straight regular-season
He's unbeaten in seven starts (4-0-3) and hasn't allowed a goal in more than
200 minutes, going back to his past four starts.
"I feel good and I feel confident in my teammates," Boucher said. "Things
are just going well and hopefully we can ride it for as long as possible."
Boucher will look to keep it going against a struggling Washington team.
The Capitals lost 4-1 in Montreal on Sunday to fall to 0-5-1 in their last
six games. They have just one win in their last 10 (1-6-3).
Washington's last victory came Dec. 23 against the Canadiens, and its
current winless skid has it still searching for the 1,000th regular-season win
in team history.
"I honestly wasn't even aware of that," Capitals defenseman Jason Doig
said. "That's not even an objective or an issue for us. We're a struggling
hockey team and we're just trying to concentrate on getting our systems down."
Phoenix has earned at least a point in its last five visits to Washington,
going 2-0-2-1 since the 1998-99 season.