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Carlson can tie Washington assist streak by defenseman; Calgary seeks to remain undefeated in regulation at home

by Aaron Vickers / Independent Correspondent

CAPITALS (6-2-2) at FLAMES (5-4-1)



The Game

John Carlson can tie the Washington Capitals record for consecutive games with an assist by a defenseman when they play the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.

Carlson, who leads the NHL with 18 points (three goals, 15 assists), has at least one assist in seven straight games. An eight-game streak would tie him with Mike Green (Oct. 15-Nov. 1, 2009) and Scott Stevens (Feb. 19-March 6, 1988). 

Carlson two points from becoming the fourth different defenseman in NHL history to have at least 20 points in October, joining Paul Coffey (20 points; seven goals, 13 assists in 1981 and 21 points; three goals, 18 assists in 1988), Al MacInnis (25 points; eight goals, 17 assists in 1988) and Brian Leetch (21 points; five goals, 16 assists in 1990).

The Capitals have won three straight games and are 4-1-0 in their past five games. Washington is 4-1-0 on the road this season.

The Flames are 3-1-0 in their past four games after having one win (1-2-1) in their previous four games. Calgary is 3-0-1 at home. 


Players to watch

Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has nine points (five goals, four assists) in a seven-game point streak and is four goals from tying Luc Robitaille (668) for 12th place on NHL all-time list. 

Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau did not have a point in four games before getting an assist in a 2-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. 


They said it

"I think he's taken a step forward, obviously, in his game. His confidence level is really high. We're happy for him. I think he's playing a different game right now. It seems like everything goes in…passes, shots, plays. It's good for us." -- Washington forward Alex Ovechkin on John Carlson

"I've seen some pretty hot starts but I've never seen something quite like this. He's always been a guy who puts up numbers and he's right up there in the league offensively from the back end year in and year out. He's obviously feeling good right now." -- Calgary captain Mark Giordano on John Carlson


Capitals projected lineup

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

Carl Hagelin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana -- Lars Eller -- Garnet Hathaway

Brendan Leipsic -- Nic Dowd -- Chandler Stephenson

Michal Kempny -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Nick Jensen

Jonas Siegenthaler -- Radko Gudas

Braden Holtby

Ilya Samsonov

Scratched: Tyler Lewington, Travis Boyd

Injured: Richard Panik (upper body)


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Austin Czarnik

Andrew Mangiapane -- Derek Ryan -- Tobias Rieder

Milan Lucic -- Mark Jankowski -- Michael Frolik

Mark Giordano -- Rasmus Andersson

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

TJ Brodie -- Michael Stone

Cam Talbot

David Rittich

Scratched: Oliver Kylington

Injured: Sam Bennett (lower body)


Status report

Wilson did not skate Tuesday but is expected to play. … Mangiapane will return to the lineup after missing two games because of an upper-body injury. …Talbot will make consecutive starts for the first time this season.


Stat pack

Holtby is one shutout from passing Olie Kolzig (35) for most shutouts in Capitals history. … Oshie has five points (four goals, one assist) in a four-game point streak. … Backlund has goals in two straight games. … Lucic is two goals from 200 in the NHL. … Lindholm is four goals from 100 in the NHL.

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