GAME: Washington Capitals (22-43-9-2) at Atlanta Thrashers (30-34-8-4).
TIME: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Andy Sutton stole a point from the Washington
Capitals in their last meeting.
Sutton will try for another solid effort when the Thrashers and Capitals
meet at Philips Arena.
Sutton scored two power-play goals in Atlanta's 2-2 tie with Washington on
By scoring with 35.2 seconds left in regulation, Sutton extended his point
streak to a season-high five games. He has six goals and one assist over that
"I am just trying to keep things simple on the power play and get shots
through," said Sutton, who has scored a goal in a career-high three straight
games. "There isn't a lot of magic to it. When things are going well for you,
you seem to find a way to see the little bit of twine showing."
The Capitals lost 3-0 to the New York Islanders on Tuesday, losing for the
ninth time in their last 12 (2-9-1).
"Our last seven goals have been power-play goals," said Washington coach
Glen Hanlon, whose team went 0-for-4 with the man advantage. "We have to score
on the power play. Five-on-five, we didn't generate any offense."
Washington is two points ahead of league-worst Pittsburgh and one point
ahead of Columbus, which is in last place in the Western Conference.
The Thrashers are 12 points behind the Islanders for the eighth and final
playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and have just six games remaining. The
Islanders also have six games left.
STANDINGS: Capitals - 55 points, 5th place, 44 PB, Southeast Division.
Thrashers - 72 points, 2nd place (tied), 27 PB, Southeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Capitals - Jeff Halpern, 15 goals, 22 assists and 37 points;
Brendan Witt, 117 PIM. Thrashers - Ilya Kovalchuk, 39 goals, 42 assists and 81
points; Francis Lessard, 171 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 22): Capitals - Power play: 20 percent (63 for
315), 6th in NHL. Penalty killing: 80.8 percent (295 for 365), 27th. Thrashers
- Power play: 15.1 percent (58 for 383), 22nd. Penalty killing: 85.3 percent
(308 for 361), 5th.
GOALTENDERS: Capitals - Olaf Kolzig (19-34-8, 2 SO, 2.89 GAA); Sebastien
Charpentier (0-6-0, 3.41); Matt Yeats (0-0-0, 0.00). Thrashers - Pasi Nurminen
(25-27-7, 3, 2.73); Kari Lehtonen (1-0-0, 0, 2.00).
SEASON SERIES: Even, 2-2-1.
LAST MEETING: March 20; Tie, 2-2, OT. At Washington, Kolzig stopped 43 shots
for Washington, which got goals from Alexander Semin and Halpern.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Capitals - 10-23-3-1 on the road; Thrashers - 17-15-4-2