Atlanta Thrashers (3-3-0-6, 3rd SE) v. Washington Captials (4-3-0-8, 2nd SE)
7:00 pm, Verizon Center, Washington DC
After home and home losses to the Boston Bruins this week, the Washington Capitals look to get back on the right track against a young and improving Atlanta Thrashers squad.
Washington has won seven straight games against Atlanta at Verizon Center, dating to Feb. 2, 2008. The Capitals have averaged 4.43 goals per game in that stretch.
|Matthieu Perrault at Caps practice this morning.|
How that shakes up the lines is anybody's guess at this point. At this morning's pre-game skate, all Caps forwards wore white practice jerseys and did not do line rushes, concentrating more on two-man drills.
In Thursday's loss, Boudreau had Johansson on the second line with Alexander Semin and Brooks Laich, while Tomas Fleischmann centered Eric Fehr and Jason Chimera. Flash's chemistry with Fehr makes them a good tandem, and Perrault might find himself slipping into Johansson's place on the second line.
D.J. King skated with the coaches following practice, so it's a good bet he'll be a healthy scratch tonight, with Beagle stepping into his slot on the fourth line with David Steckel and Matt Hendricks.
Of course, that's all speculation.
|Mike Green winces after taking a shot in practice.|
Atlanta is led by center Anthony Stewart with four goals, and LW Andrew Ladd has two goals and five assists in a strong start.
ATL: LW Andrew Ladd (2-5-7, +2), D Dustin Byfuglien (2-4-6, -4), Chris Mason (3-4, 3.47, .908)
WAS: LW Alex Ovechkin (4-4-8, -1), D John Carlson (1-5-6, +1), G Semyon Varlamov (0-1-0, 2.91, .896)
ATL: C Nik Antropov (hip-out), D Zack Bogosian (shoulder-out), F Patrice Cormier (foot-out), G Ondrej Pavelev (concussion-QUE)
WAS: D Mike Green (shoulder-QUE), RW Matt Bradley (LBI-out), C Boyd Gordon (undisclosed-OUT), C Marcus Johansson (hip-out)
ATL: GF/G: 2.71 (T-14th), GA/G: 3.57 (30th), PP: 21.2% (8th), PK: 73.5% (28th)
WAS: GF/G: 2.71 (T-14th), GA/G: 2.57 (T-12th), PP: 13.3% (18th), PK: 89.7% (9th)
|Jay Beagle returns to the Caps' roster.|
|Matt Bradley practiced but will miss his fourth straight game tonight.|