The Capitals will be on home ice as the Philadelphia Flyers join them for their final matchup of the regular season. The Caps have played the Flyers three times this season, winning all three games. A win Sunday will be the second time ever the Caps have swept the Flyers,
Fans can watch the game at 12:30 pm on NBC.
Based on Saturday practice, the projected lines for the Caps are:
Ovechkin Backstrom Wilson
Hagelin Eller Oshie
Vrana Boyd Connolly
Burakovsky Dowd Stephenson
Djoos & Carlson
Orlov & Niskanen
Orpik & Jensen
Evgeny Kuznetsov is sick but he and Carl Hagelin, who was out sick Friday night, could be back in the lineup on Sunday, according to Coach Reirden. Hagelin took part in Saturday practice. Michal Kempny remains out with a left leg injury.
Tyler Lewington has been called up from the Hershey Bears.
Time to pray whatever bug is going around stops spreading to the rest of the team.
Technically the Flyers have a slight chance of making it into the playoffs. Watching them play against the Islanders shows the tenacity of a team that never quits. Added to disrupting the Blackhawks drive to reach the playoffs on Thursday night, the Flyers are on a high and that is always dangerous for the Caps. A loss to the Caps will change everything for them. And a Caps win helps the Caps hold onto first place in the Metropolitan standings.
The Pittsburgh Penguins won their game against the Stars on Saturday closing the gap to first place to one point. With a win for the Canadiens they added two points to hold onto a wild card spot. (Update)
The weakness the Caps should exploit is the inconsistency of the Flyers goaltender; regardless of who is in the net they need to keep on getting shots off. The Philadelphia team has been through a bunch of goaltenders (8) this season because of injuries. That said, the 20 year-old Carter Hart has brought some excitement to the team and could be a challenge, if between the pipes. More likely they will face Brian Elliot, who hasn’t played since March 15 after a 7-6 loss to the Maple Leafs. He did, however make 51 saves in that game. He may need to shake off some rust; a good thing for the Caps.
The Flyers were pretty unhappy after their loss on Saturday which means that they are likely to come out with a lot of fight in them to prove they are still a threat to the wild card spot. Expect lots if hits, instigating of fights, and all-out war at 1230!
Projected Flyers Lines
With the islanders defeating the Flyers on Saturday they have closed the gap to one point of moving into first place in the Metropolitan. The Caps surely will be in the playoffs but the number one spot will equate to home ice advantage going into the playoffs. A win, therefore matters.