The top and bottom teams in the NHL meet at Nationwide Arena for their third of four meetings this season. Each team has a win, with the Blue Jackets winning in an overtime shootout in 2 January.The Washington Capitals keep giving their friends great reasons to celebrate. First it was Alex Ovechkin and his 500 goals and then it was Justin Williams and his hat trick. Once again they are on a great high and looking to start another winning trend in Columbus.
- Looks like Braden Holtby gets the nod.
- Jan. 18: Re-assigned Aaron Ness and Zach Sill to Hershey (AHL)
- Ryan Stanton in for missing defensemen.
The Columbus Blue Jackets for its part at 17-15-4 clearly lags behind the Caps (34-8-3) in performance; however, the CBJ are one of the three teams that have dealt the Caps a loss in their last 10 games. The Caps have only lost eight games which puts Columbus in a unique club.
GAME TIME IS 7pm
Fourth line juggling continues. Looks like for tonight it is:
Injury Report and Team Scratches
Jay Beagle: He continues to recover. We don’t expect him for another four weeks. Even Beags is skating now and working with the trainers before practice starts.
John Carlson is still day-to-day. He is skating before team practice and reportedly participated in morning skate—the first time he has skated with the team since his injury (Vogs). Getting closer!! He should be back before the All Stars.
Brooks Orpik is on the Long-term Injured Reserve list for an undisclosed injury. Like John, should be back before the All Stars.
CBJ Stuff: Fight to the End
Columbus, in their game against the Colorado Avalanche, scored the game winning goal with 1.07 left in the third period, scored by Jack Johnson. Joonas Korpisalo won great praise from his coach after the game and a stellar endorsement as a goaltender.
- Jack Johnson and Brandon Saad scored on the Caps in their last match January 2nd—each scoring twice and Johnson on the power play.
- Scott Hartnell is a healthy scratch following an apology to the team for his penalty during the Avs game.
The news to watch here is goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky who will be in the net against the Caps tonight. He has been practicing, according to CBJ press releases, for the past few days. Coach Tortorella has said that Bobs is “our number one guy.” He has a 4-3-3 goals against average (GAA) when he plays against the Caps.
- Goalie Curtis McElhinney has been out since the Caps last visit when he slipped and sprained his ankle. He was replaced with rookie Anton Forsberg who held the Caps back in the shootout and served up a win for his teammates. It was his first NHL win.
More Milestones Coming:
Michael Latta will play in his career 100th NHL/Capitals game.
Karl Alzner, the Iron Man, is three points away from 100 NHL points and with this game ties Bob Carpenter (422) for the longest consecutive games played in franchise history.
Next Games and Practices
Wed Jan 20 1230 Practice
Thu Jan 21 1130 Practice likely
Fri Jan 22 1015 Morning Skate likely
Fri Jan 22 7pm Anaheim Ducks CSN NHLN 106.7 (SnovechkinII ???)
Sun Jan 27 1230 pm Pittsburg NBC TVAS SN360 106.7
Photos by Brittney Marcum