The Washington Capitals faceoff with the St. Louis Blues for the first time this season. They will meet again April 9th in St. Louis. Both teams played games last night. Washington won a snoozer of a game in OT against the NJ Devils and are first in the league and the Metro Division, and St. Louis shutout the Canucks 4-0 and are also first in their division. When asked about who would be in net for Washington Coach Trotz said, “Both goalies are on the plane to DC.”
This will also be Troy Brouwer’s first game back at Verizon Center as well as TJ Oshie’s first game facing his old team since the trade (if he’s healthy).
The Blues are sure to give the Caps a hard time tonight. They are 3-2 in their last five games, and currently hold a 44-22-9 record. Should he play tonight, Brian Elliot will pose a threat to the Caps offense, leading the league with a Save percentage of .934 and a GAA of 1.95. The 24 year old Vladimir Tarasenko is sixth in the league in goals with trailing Lightning’s Stamkos with 35. With 62 PIM on the season, former Cap Troy Brouwer is likely to play hard against his former teammates in their first meeting.
Currently the Blues have four players on their injured list:
Jay Bouwmeester- Upper Body
Carl Gunnarsson- Undisclosed
Steve Ott- Hamstring
Alexander Steen- Arm
By now you all know the Washington Capitals are good, so we will just take a minute to remind you just HOW good they are. The Caps have already clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and not just any spot but first seed which means they will have home ice advantage throughout the entirety of their run in the playoffs. Alex Ovechkin leads the league in goals with 43 and Evgeny Kuzentsov is also fourth in the league with 53 assists on the season. Perhaps the Caps greatest treasure is in Braden Holtby who has 45 wins so far this season. Holtby is just three wins away from passing Martin Brodeur’s record of 48 wins in asingle season.
The Caps only questionable player at time of publishing is TJ Oshie who is out day-to-day with an illness.
Puck-Drop is 7:00 pm on CSN