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Lightning Look To Hand Caps Fifth Straight Loss

Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 11:13 AM

Missy Zielinski - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning Look To Hand Caps Fifth Straight Loss
Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

CAPITALS (20-16-6) at LIGHTNING (26-13-4)

Last 10:

Washington 3-4-3; Tampa Bay 7-2-1

TV/Radio:

Sun Sports/NHL Network/RDS; AM 970 WFLA

Season Series:

This is the second of three meetings between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals this season. In December the Caps hosted the Bolts at the Verizon Center where Washington captain Alex Ovechkin scored the game-winner, his fourth goal of the game, with 33 seconds left in regulation to upset the Lightning 6-5.

Big Story:

In their first home game of the 2014 calendar year Tampa Bay looks to snap a two-game home losing skid at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, while handing the Caps their fifth straight loss.

Team Scope:

LIGHTNING – A 10-day road trip may have been just what the Bolts needed after back-to-back losses within the friendly confines of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Not only did they pick up six of a possible eight points on their Western Canada swing, but they did so with additional injuries from standout netminder Ben Bishop and forward J.T. Brown.

The team announced on Thursday morning that Bishop is out with a sprained right wrist but netminder Anders Lindback's performance in back-to-back games is steadily building up his confidence. Head coach Jon Cooper said that Lindback had been in fact trying too hard between the pipes to make up for his lack of playing time.

CAPITALS – A grueling stretch of six games in the next nine days awaits the Capitals, who are coming off of a four-day break between games. During their time of rest Washington head coach Adam Oates has been shuffling lines, as it appears he will do so again prior to Thursday's tilt. The point of Oates' mix-and-match - to snap a four-game losing streak (0-2-2), which matches a season-worst.

With 46 points in the Metropolitan Division the Caps sit in fourth place and one point out of a playoff spot.

Who's Hot:

Fresh off of his inclusion onto the Czech Republic Olympic team, Ondrej Palat is currently riding a career-high and league-best seven game point streak (three goals, five assists). Valtteri Filppula has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) over his past 11 games.

Transactions:

1/6 – Recalled G Cedrick Desjardins from the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)

Injury Report:

Lightning – D Keith Aulie (upper body, out), G Ben Bishop (sprained right wrist, day-to-day), J.T. Brown (upper body, day-to-day), D Brian Lee (knee, out), F Steven Stamkos (broken right tibia, out); Capitals – D Jack Hillen (broken leg, out), C Michael Latta (lower body)

2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 13 '14 TBL 1 at WSH 0 - SO M. Carle
Jan 09 '14 WSH 4 at TBL 3 E. Fehr
Dec 10 '13 TBL 5 at WSH 6 - SO T. Brouwer
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
N. Backstrom43103747-52431
A. Ovechkin41311344-1632124
M. Grabovski41121931+41230
M. Johansson4372229-9061
J. Ward43121325-41241
M. Green4051823-124620
J. Chimera4371421+02000
T. Brouwer4391019-46351
E. Fehr3481119+11602
J. Carlson437916-11240
M. Erat3901515-41000
S. Oleksy332810+75301
K. Alzner43189-32001
B. Laich29437-10801
N. Schmidt28246+4600
T. Wilson43134+08510
M. Latta17134+01200
D. Orlov17123-2400
A. Volpatti33202-24000
A. Urbom20112+11900
J. Beagle23022-31200
C. Carrick4101-3600
J. Erskine18011-41800
T. Strachan9000-41900
J. Hillen2000-2000
P. Wey1000+0000
C. Wellman1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
B. Holtby2813-11-2798813.08.910
P. Grubauer126-2-3263762.27.931
M. Neuvirth72-3-1192152.83.912
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
M. St. Louis44192241+13454
V. Filppula44171734+41440
T. Purcell4481826+4233
A. Killorn44101525+113211
T. Johnson44121224+81233
V. Hedman3881624+62712
S. Stamkos1714923+11832
O. Palat4491322+131402
M. Carle4411920+101610
R. Gudas392911+48811
R. Panik362911-81500
N. Kucherov21639+7432
R. Malone28369+04700
J. Brown25448+0000
N. Thompson44358+62100
S. Salo37167+61000
E. Brewer39077+33800
A. Sustr35077+51000
B. Crombeen35145+35600
M. Barberio27044+121600
J. Cote10033+1800
B. Connolly11101-5401
T. Pyatt6011+0000
D. Korobov3011+0200
P. Labrie13000-42000
D. Tyrell7000+0400
M. Taormina7000+0000
K. Aulie6000-3400
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
B. Bishop3222-5-3578821.86.935
A. Lindback154-9-1443583.18.877