The Washington Capitals suffered a crushing 3-0 defeat to the San Jose Sharks on election night. The Caps ended their five-game winning streak as goalie Martin Jones stopped 24 pucks from getting into the net. Braden Holtby had 20 saves. Seemed no matter how snazy they were, the Caps just couldn’t find the back of the net. The story line here is the Caps were out-defended by the Sharks.
Here’s the media buzz for tonight:
So what does that mean for Chicago? Well…they have seven wins in a row. Could they be prime for a loss??? Fox Sports says four of those wins were one-goal games. If the Caps can get and keep the lead, they have a chance of stopping the forward progression of the the Hawks.
Comcast Sports says its a “goalie clash.” Yea, Corey Crawford is always a problem – we agree.
Patrick Kane is playing pretty hot right now.
Chicago Tribune writes their threats are likely Alex Ovechkin and TJ Oshie while “Marian Hossa has four goals in his last four games.”
Locally, Mike Vogel writes: “Three nights after tasting defeat at the hands of the Sharks, the Caps head into the lion’s den in Chicago. They’ll be facing arguably the league’s most consistently elite team over the last several years in the Blackhawks, and they’ll be doing so in front of a packed Friday night house at United Center.”
We think Kuzy said it best: “Of course we have to play better, but the coaches help plan,” center Evgeny Kuznetsov said, according to the Washington Post. “We’re trying to stay with that plan, but sometimes we did wrong. We have to fix it a little bit, some small areas. I think at some point, the pucks are going in for sure. We just have to be close to each other and maybe use the small areas a little bit and make more shots.”
Late word is that Taylor Chorney is in tonight, finally. Nate Schmidt is a healthy scratch. Here are your Caps lines for tonight according to Isabelle Khurshudyan Washington Post:
Alex Ovechkin-Nicklas Backstrom-T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Tom Wilson
Andre Burakovsky-Lars Eller-Justin Williams
Zach Sanford-Jay Beagle-Daniel Winnik
Karl Alzner-Matt Niskanen
Dmitry Orlov-John Carlson
Brooks Orpik-Taylor Chorney
Braden Holtby (starter)