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Lightning at Capitals Preview

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning at Capitals Preview
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals

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Game Notes

  • Lightning (17-20-4, 38 Points) at Capitals (22-17-2, 46 Points)
  • Last 10: Tampa Bay (4-4-2); Washington (6-3-1)
  • The Capitals have won five of their last seven
  • All-Star Ovechkin has scored no points in the Caps' last three games but has 14 goals and 21 assists in his last 20 games against the Lightning
  • Vincent Lecavalier has 31 career goals against Washington, tied for his most against any NHL team. He also has 31 goals against Carolina and Winnipeg/Atlanta
  • Martin St. Louis scored the overtime-winner in double-overtime of the 2003 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Washington, giving the Lightning their first playoff-series win in franchise history
  • Tom Pyatt got his first career NHL goal against the Capitals on February 10, 2010, while playing for the Montreal Canadiens
  • Washington’s Roman Hamrlik was the first draft choice in Lightning history. Hamrlik was selected first overall in 1992 and represented the Lightning at the 1996 NHL All-Star Game
  • Hamrlik is the only member of the inaugural Lightning team to still play in the NHL

SEASON SERIES:

The Bolts and Capitals face off for the second of six total meetings on the year. Washington took the first matchup back on Oct. 10 at the Verizon Center by a 6-5 score in the shootout.

THE BIG STORY:

Following the success each team enjoyed last season, the Lightning and Capitals were expected to be contenders atop the Eastern Conference for a second consecutive year, though both have underachieved up to this point in the season. Following a two-game home stand, Tampa Bay heads back on the road for a one-game stint in the nation’s capital, this time looking to snap a five-game losing streak. Washington, meanwhile, seeks its 11th win in the past 13 home meetings against the Bolts.

TEAM SCOPE:

LIGHTNING LIGHTNING – Tampa Bay travels to Washington for a brief one-game swing away from home before returning to the Tampa Bay Times Forum to play its next two games in a three-day span. The Lightning have enjoyed a good amount of success in their home arena since the start of the season, although the case couldn’t have been any more different than it was last night in a 5-2 loss against Carolina. Nate Thompson and Teddy Purcell provided the much-needed secondary scoring the club has been seeking, but it didn’t help the Bolts overcome a four-goal first period by the Hurricanes that put them up by three after the first 20 minutes. Mathieu Garon started in net for the Lightning, stopping just five of eight shots before being relieved by Dwayne Roloson, who yielded an additional pair of goals in his second consecutive night of action.

CAPITALS – Washington plays in the second match of its current four-game home stand and looks to extend its win streak at the Verizon Center to six games. The Capitals have won five in a row at home and kept the trend going with Wednesday’s 1-0 win over the Penguins. For a third consecutive game, the Capitals didn’t receive much offensive support, but didn’t need it versus Pittsburgh as goaltender Tomas Vokoun stopped all 30 shots faced to collect his 46th career shutout. Jason Chimera provided the only goal in the game to help snap a two-game skid.

WHO'S HOT:

Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier has points in three of his past five games with three goals and a pair of assists in that span, while Steven Stamkos has points in all but one his past eight contests. Washington’s Alexander Semin has seven points in his past six outings and Jason Chimera has points in two of his past three games, including the game-winning goal in his team’s last match.

INJURY REPORT:

LIGHTNING – Mattias Ohlund (knee, placed on Injured Reserve), Ryan Shannon (lower body, out 2-4 weeks), Victor Hedman (concussion, out indefinitely), Adam Hall (upper body, out eight weeks) and JT Wyman (upper body, day-to-day).

CAPITALS – Mike Green (groin), Nicklas Backstrom (upper body) and Tom Poti (groin).

NOTABLE QUOTABLE:

“It doesn't seem like there's any urgency right now when there needs to be. Our season is on the line, and we're not playing like it.” – Steven Stamkos, on his team’s current struggles

CONNECTIONS:

Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik was the very first draft selection taken by the Lightning in the 1992 NHL Draft, while center Jeff Halpern played with Tampa Bay from 2008-2010 before being traded to Los Angeles in exchange for Teddy Purcell.

2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 02 '12WSH 2 at TBL 4S. Stamkos
Mar 08 '12TBL 2 at WSH 3 - OTA. Ovechkin
Feb 18 '12WSH 1 at TBL 2S. Stamkos
Jan 31 '12WSH 3 at TBL 4 - OTS. Stamkos
Jan 13 '12TBL 3 at WSH 4T. Brouwer
Oct 10 '11TBL 5 at WSH 6 - SOM. Hendricks
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
S. Stamkos43301949+43665
M. St. Louis38102535-21410
V. Lecavalier43171532-22845
M. Bergeron4242024+82010
T. Purcell4281523+31630
R. Malone3781523-23521
S. Downie4071017-1910720
D. Moore4331114-84200
E. Brewer4311112-93100
M. Gilroy3701111+11000
P. Kubina393710+04101
B. Connolly32448+01212
B. Clark43268-151400
N. Thompson37437-101900
R. Shannon25257-7800
T. Pyatt38426-6401
V. Hedman32246-122800
B. Gervais22325+0400
D. Tyrell23055-4600
B. Jones22224-31000
A. Hall37123-11300
J. Wyman6123+3000
M. Ritola5000-2600
B. Mikkelson3000+0000
P. Labrie2000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Garon2911-12-2707012.94.900
D. Roloson236-10-2726013.68.880
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
N. Backstrom38132942-22234
A. Ovechkin42181634-82071
D. Wideman4282331-31042
M. Johansson4191625-2613
T. Brouwer4214923-13035
A. Semin38101323-24210
B. Laich4281523-71242
J. Carlson4251722+01220
J. Chimera4214721+63403
J. Ward415813+51800
J. Halpern413912+5800
K. Alzner4211112+112100
M. Knuble423811-91600
M. Perreault26347-11200
C. Eakin21336+2400
M. Green10336+1431
D. Orlov24066-4400
R. Hamrlik38145-32401
J. Schultz27055+1600
M. Hendricks38134-24700
J. Erskine23022+04300
J. Beagle9000-1900
T. Kundratek2000+0000
S. Collins2000-1000
D. King1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
T. Vokoun3118-10-0728452.57.915
M. Neuvirth175-7-2464053.23.886