While the literal circus is in town (Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey is at Verizon Center), the Washington Capitals (54-16-6, 114 points) travel to Colorado (39-4-4, 82 points) where the Avalanche are running out of time and games to catch Minnesota for the final playoff spot.
Tough Loss in Philly
The Capitals come into this game off a tough shootout loss in Philly 2-1. Alex Ovechkin scored the lone goal to notch number 44 with six games remaining. Holtby was solid throughout but the shootout got the best of him. They certainly got outplayed early but kept it close throughout to earn a point out the game. The Flyers answered the bell and kept the pressure on Detroit for the final playoff spot before their showdown next Wednesday.
- Trotz will most likely rest Holtby during one of the back-to-back road games this weekend. With six games remaining and three wins needed to break Brodeur’s record, will it happen?
- Alexander Ovechkin is six goals shy of 50 with six games to go. Will he get any rest before the playoffs?
Running Down a Dream
As it stands, the Avalanche sit five points back of the Wild with five games (10 potential points) remaining. The Wild are playing three teams out of playoff contention (Ottawa, Winnipeg and Calgary) while the Avalanche are playing all top-tiered clubs in the Caps, Blues, Predators, Stars and Ducks. It’s going to be a tough hill to climb.
- Starting goalie Semyon Varlamov has gone 5-4 in his last nine games, allowing less than three goals in three games. He allowed three goals on 27 shots in their loss Vs. the Blues. You might see Calvin Pickard in net if Varly can’t put together consecutive wins down the stretch.
- Center Matt Duchene has been ruled out of Friday’s game with a knee injury. He leads the team with 29 goals.
Puck drop is at 9 p.m. Eastern on CSN. Rock the Red and GO CAPS!