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Washington can extend point streak to five; San Jose goes for 12th win in 14

by Ross McKeon / Independent Correspondent

CAPITALS (19-4-5) at SHARKS (15-12-1)



The Game

The Washington Capitals look to win their third straight game when they play the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Tuesday.

Braden Holtby will start in goal for the Capitals, who have points in four straight games (3-0-1) and are 12-2-2 since Oct. 25. Washington opened a four-game road trip with a 5-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Martin Jones is expected to start for the Sharks, who have won consecutive games, five of six and are 11-2-0 since Nov. 5.

Brent Burns of the Sharks will become the fourth defenseman in NHL history to play at least 500 consecutive regular-season games joining Keith Yandle (823), Jay Bouwmeester (737) and Karl Alzner (624).


Players to watch

Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin has five goals in a three-game goal streak.

Sharks center Logan Couture has three goals in his past two games, and 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in his past 12 games.


They said it 

"They're really rolling right now. We talked about it as a group. They have a heavy shot volume, especially from their blue line. … It's a tough challenge. In this building once they get the crowd going it's emotional and not an easy place to play. … it's a key match-up between two good teams and always is."  -- Capitals coach Todd Reirden

"We've scratched and clawed ourselves back into this and now we're starting to understand how we need to play to win consistently. Now it's going to get tested these next two weeks." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer


Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana -- Lars Eller -- T.J. Oshie

Carl Hagelin -- Travis Boyd -- Richard Panik

Brendan Leipsic -- Nic Dowd -- Garnet Hathaway

Michal Kempny -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Nick Jensen

Jonas Siegenthaler -- Radko Gudas

Braden Holtby

Ilya Samsonov

Scratched: Nicklas Backstrom

Injured: None


Sharks projected lineup   

Evander Kane -- Logan Couture -- Barclay Goodrow

Timo Meier -- Tomas Hertl -- Patrick Marleau

Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Kevin Labanc

Noah Gregor -- Dylan Gambrell -- Melker Karlsson

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Erik Karlsson

Radim Simek -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Mario Ferraro

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Tim Heed, Lukas Radil

Injured: Dalton Prout (upper body), Antti Suomela (upper body)


Status report

Hagelin returns after missing 11 games. … Backstrom will not play but is a possibility to return against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday. … The Capitals traded forward Chandler Stephenson for a fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft on Monday. … Suomela and Prout are skating on their own and DeBoer said Suomela is closer to returning. 


Stat pack

Ovechkin needs one power-play goal to move past Teemu Selanne (255) for sole possession of third place on the NHL all-time list. … Vrana has five points (two goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak. … Kuznetsov has six points (one goal, five assists) during a three-game point streak. ... Erik Karlsson has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past four games.

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