The Washington Capitals are looking to continue their winning ways against the struggling Detroit Red Wings. This is how to follow and what to look for.
The Washington Capitals managed to start a winning streak by coming from behind against the Lightning Friday evening, marking their second win in a row. It did not come easy as they had to overcome an early two goal deficit, an another later on.
The Capitals continued their struggles in staying out of the penalty box, and the Lightning made them pay for it to start the scoring.
But the Capitals used the few power play opportunities the Lightning gave them by converting on two of three PP, with Kuznetsov scoring in the second period for the first Caps goal and Ovechkin connecting in the third period for the tying score. The Capitals completed the comeback in overtime on the stick of Orlov with the help of T.J. Oshie‘s third helper of the game.
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The game play was full of high octane pressure up and down the ice from the Capitals and Lightning, which was only over shadowed by the goalies standing on their heads and keeping the score from reaching double digits on both sides.
The Capitals again used their mix of size and speed to impact the control of the puck, they outhit the Lightning 42-24.
The full effort you look for was presented by the second line of Vrana–Eller–Oshie who created incredible scoring opportunities and pressure throughout the game. Which is evidenced by the score card where Vrana finished with a goal and assist, Oshie added three assists, and while Eller did not get a point his effort was key to the outcome.
What kind of team will they be meeting Saturday night, trying to extend their winning streak? The Red Wings are on an eight game losing streak, with the last six all being decided in regulation. While the Capitals have been struggling on the scoring front, they at least are not in the category of the Red Wings who have only scored two goals over their last four games.
It will only be harder with the hand injury to Anthony Mantha, who leads the team in scoring with 23 points. They have also struggled in goal all season with three goalies averaging 0.870 SV% and 4.42 GAA. So if you struggling to score you might hope to play the Red Wings to break through the barrier. Luckily the Capitals have already begun finding their scoring touch again.
The biggest question will be the effort to expect in a second game of a back to back, where the Capitals have a history of struggles. Most likely they will give Samsonov the start to give Holtby a rest. The return of Garnet Hathaway appeared to help out on the penalty kill which has been in need of assistance recently. However, he appears to be day to day after suffering from an injury during Friday’s matchup.
Look for the Capitals to continue the hit parade and the recent success in scoring given the even worse struggles of the Red Wings at keeping the puck out of the net.
Here is how you can see the outcome:
Date: Nov. 30th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Where: Little Caesars Arena
TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Washington
Radio: WJFK 106.7 The Fan, Caps Radio 24/7
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