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Washington seeks to extend point streak; Nashville coach Laviolette looks to climb wins list

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

CAPITALS (2-0-2) at PREDATORS (2-1-0)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSWA, FS-TN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Washington Capitals will try to open their season with their longest point streak since the 2014-15 season when they play at the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

The Capitals, who began the 2014-15 season 3-0-2, have gotten at least one point in each of their four games, losing their past two games in overtime.

Predators coach Peter Laviolette is one win from passing Bryan Murray (620) for sole possession of 17th place on the NHL's all-time wins list.

 

Players to watch

Capitals defenseman John Carlson has five points (one goal, four assists) in four games.

Predators forward Filip Forsberg has four points (three goals, one assist) in a three-game point streak.

 

They said it

"They're a pretty deep team. You know, especially at home, they're going to play with a lot of energy. Their [defensemen] will join the rush more than any other team in the League I would say. They've got some dynamic guys back there, so it's important for us to make sure we're smart with the pucks around the lines, get pucks deep and finish our checks so they can't join." -- Capitals forward Carl Hagelin on defending against Nashville's defenseman joining the rush

"I think just being close to him all the time and making sure he doesn't get that extra second, that extra step, that extra little bit of ice that makes sure he gets the shot off where he wants it. With any top player in the League, you have to pay attention every second that he's out there. Nothing different tonight. We've played him a bunch of times, so I expect nothing different." -- Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm on the challenge defending Alex Ovechkin

 

Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- T.J. Oshie

Carl Hagelin -- Lars Eller -- Richard Panik

Brendan Leipsic -- Chandler Stephenson -- Garnet Hathaway

Jonas Siegenthaler -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Nick Jensen

Radko Gudas -- Tyler Lewington

Braden Holtby

Ilya Samsonov

Scratched: Nic Dowd

Injured: Michal Kempny (hamstring)

 

Predators projected lineup

Calle Jarnkrok -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Filip Forsberg -- Matt Duchene -- Mikael Granlund

Colton Sissons -- Nick Bonino -- Austin Watson

Daniel Carr -- Kyle Turris -- Craig Smith

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Matt Irwin -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Rocco Grimaldi, Dan Hamhuis

Injured: None

 

Status report

Kempny traveled with the team but is not expected to play Thursday. … Grimaldi did not participate in the morning skate. ... Backstrom is expected to play in his 900th NHL game.

 

Stat pack

Ovechkin has 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in 19 games against the Predators. … Forsberg has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in nine games against the Capitals. ... Duchene has six assists in a three-game point streak.

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