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Lightning (13-7-2, 28 Points) at Capitals (15-6-2, 32 Points)
Last 10: Tampa Bay (6-4-0); Washington (6-2-2)
|Nov 11, 2010||TBL@WSH||WSH, 6 - 3|
The Big Story: Just four points separates the Southeast Division heavyweights in the standings. Tampa Bay has been surging as of late, coming in on a five-game winning streak, while Washington has hit a rare slump in which it has just one win in its last four. Tonight also features four of the NHL’s top five scorers from last season in Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
LIGHTNING – Tampa Bay plays its lone road game tonight in the nation’s capital before returning home tomorrow for another Southeast matchup with the Panthers. Tampa Bay is on its first five-game winning streak since January 2008, and although pleased with its last victory on Wednesday over the Rangers, the team addressed its third-period issues in which it has recently said needs to be better. Ryan Malone and Brett Clark had three power-play goals against New York as the Lightning got out to an early 5-0 lead, but Mike Smith allowed three goals in the third period that allowed the Rangers to climb back into the game, albeit at a late stage.
CAPITALS – Washington hosts the Lightning in the first contest of a two-game home stand. The Capitals own a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the NHL standings with 32 points, but have just won a single game in the last four attempts. Washington defeated Carolina on Wednesday night by a one-goal margin after dropping three straight to Atlanta, Philadelphia and New Jersey. Nicklas Backstrom had a pair of goals and Brooks Laich added another against the Hurricanes, despite a late surge by Carolina in the third period. Washington will play the next six of eight games in its home arena, where it has an NHL-best 10-1-1 record.
Who’s Hot: Teddy Purcell is leading the Lightning with six points in his last four games, while Steven Stamkos has four points in half the number of games. Ryan Malone, Martin St. Louis and Steve Downie also each have three points in their last two games. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin has four points in his last three and teammate Nicklas Backstrom has three points in as many contests.
Injury Report: LIGHTNING – Simon Gagne (neck, placed on Injured Reserve), Vincent Lecavalier (hand, placed on Injured Reserve) and Matt Smaby (ankle, placed on Injured Reserve). CAPITALS – Mike Knuble, Mike Green and Tyler Sloan.
Quotable: “We have to be more conscientious and have that jump and not sit back sometimes. We want to learn to have that killer instinct.” – Adam Hall, on what the team needs to do to play better in the third period and for a full 60 minutes
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