Lightning to Battle Capitals in Washington
Monday, 11.10.2008 / 7:00 PMFirst of Six Meetings this Season
The Tampa Bay Lightning bring their road show to the nation’s capital when they face off against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center tonight.
Fresh off a hard fought win in Philadelphia on Saturday, the Lightning will seek to get build one win into a streak as they face the Caps for the first of six meetings this season. The Bolts come into the contest having earned at least a point in five of their last six games and their record away from The St. Pete Times Forum now sits at 3-2-1.
Despite a slower start to the season than they hoped for, Tampa Bay has now accumulated 14 points and sit just two points behind the Capitals for second place in the Southeast Division.
The Capitals, 7-4-2, have been paced by forward Alexander Semin, who is currently second in the NHL for points, with 21, and second in goals scored with 11. In each case he is just one point behind the league leader. Veteran Brent Johnson has given the Capitals strong work in the net of late, sporting a 2.12 goals against average, good enough for sixth place among all NHL netminders. Washington enters the game with a two game win streak.
Tonight’s game is the fourth in a five game road hike for the Lightning. They return to the Sunshine State on Wednesday to meet the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, and then come home to battle the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings on November 13th.