GAME: Washington Capitals (17-31-6-2) at Nashville Predators (26-21-6-2).
TIME: Friday, 8 p.m. EST.
Tomas Vokoun may have been an All-Star goaltender last weekend, but he
hardly played like one in his most recent game.
Vokoun will try to deliver a better effort in net when the Nashville
Predators meet the Washington Capitals at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.
The Predators are currently tied with the St. Louis Blues for the eighth and
final playoff spot in the Western Conference. If they are serious about making
the postseason, however, they will need Vokoun to be much better than he was on
In a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, Vokoun allowed all five goals
before getting pulled at 8:14 of the second period. He faced just 18 shots
before backup Chris Mason took over.
"We were terrible tonight," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "That was
going to rank up there with one our worst games as a franchise in the second
period and first half of the first."
Nashville has dropped three straight, giving up 14 goals during that span.
Vokoun was in net for 12 of those goals, and the other two were empty-netters.
Washington, which had won three of five before the All-Star break, skated to
a 3-3 tie against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. The Capitals had a 3-2
lead before Carolina's Pavel Brendl scored with 5:03 remaining in the third
"Obviously when you have a lead late in a hockey game on the road, you'd
definitely like to shut the team down," Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig said.
"We didn't play our best in the second period and I thought we came out a lot
better in the third."
Robert Lang, who assisted on a goal by Anson Carter in the third period, has
seven points in his last six games.