GAME: Vancouver Canucks (29-14-7-2) at Washington Capitals (16-29-5-2).
TIME: Saturday, 7 p.m. EST.
The Washington Capitals look to win three straight games for the first time
in over a year, while the Vancouver Canucks try to match their season-high
winning streak at five when the teams meet at the MCI Center.
Washington snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win at the New York
Rangers on Wednesday before beating the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 on the road one
Bates Battaglia broke a third-period tie and Peter Bondra scored twice
Thursday to help Washington win back-to-back games for just the third team this
The Capitals haven't won three straight since Jan. 10-13, 2003.
Washington is 14th in the 15-team Eastern Conference, 16 points behind the
eighth-place New York Islanders for the final playoff spot.
Washington will be without defenseman Jason Doig, who was suspended for two
games without pay by the NHL on Friday for kneeing Carolina center Kevyn Adams
on Thursday. Adams' left knee was injured on the play, and he did not return.
On Wednesday, Doig gave New York Rangers star Eric Lindros a concussion with
a hard, but clean hit.
Vancouver began a five-game road trip Thursday, beating St. Louis 4-2 for
its fourth straight victory. The Canucks won a season-high five in a row from
Oct. 28-Nov. 5.
Magnus Arvedson scored two goals for the second straight game and Daniel
Sedin had a goal and two assists as the Canucks outscored the Blues 4-1 in the
Vancouver improved to 5-8-5-1 when trailing after two periods.
"I think the first two periods, we didn't play as well as we can," said
Arvedson, who has four goals in three games since returning from a six-game
absence due to a herniated disk.
"We were a little bit slow. But in the third we came back good like we
should, and that's a good sign."
The Canucks, who have 15 wins away from home this season, also visit the
Rangers, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils on the eight-day trip.