Caps and Canucks 

The Capitals will meet the Vancouver Canucks in the first of three roadtrip games tonight. The Nucks are having a bang of a start to the season by Western Conference rankings. The  Capitals, not so much. 


So we start with the dreaded news that Nicky Backstrom might not be in the game tonight. He is “ill” 

The lines from this morning looked like this, but Coach says they could change. All depends on Backy’s status. 

Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Chiasson

Wilson-Stephenson-Oshie

Connolly-Vrana-Eller

Walker-Beagle-DSP

Djoos-Carlson

Orpik-Bowey

Orlov-Chorney

Holtby in the net.

Watch twitter for updates.

Anders Nilsson in the net for the Canucks. He has two shutouts already this season. 

Vancouver’s projected lineup:

Daniel Sedin—Henrik Sedin—Jake Virtanen

Sven Baertschi—Bo Hovat—Brock Boeser
Sam Gagner—Alex Burmistrov—Thomas Vanek
Derek Dorsett—Brandon Sutter—Markus Granlund
Ben Hutton—Chris Tanev
Michael Del Zotto—Erik Gudbranson
Derrick Pouliot—Alex Biega
They are most concerned with keeping Ovechkin cornered and blocking his ability to shoot. And of course- beating Braden Holtby!!

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