NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, November 24th (All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (13-7-3) at Washington Capitals (7-14-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Washington Capitals will try to make another of Bruce Boudreau's debuts a successful one, when the new head coach makes his home debut tonight against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes at the Verizon Center.
The Capitals fired Glen Hanlon on Thursday after Washington got off to a 6-14-1 start, and promoted Boudreau from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.
The Capitals first test under their new interim coach was against the Flyers in Philadelphia on Friday, with Washington posting a 4-3 overtime victory.
With both teams trying to gain the extra point, Alexander Ovechkin picked up the puck inside his own zone and skated down the right wing into the Philadelphia zone. With two defenders on him, Ovechkin shoveled the puck over to Nicklas Backstrom, who put the puck into the wide open net 1:55 into overtime.
Backstrom also had two assists, while Ovechkin's helper on the game winner extended his points streak to seven straight games (5 goals, 3 assists). Mike Green, Chris Clark and Donald Brashear all scored for the Capitals, who snapped a five-game losing streak and will try for back-to-back wins tonight for the first time since starting the season with three straight victories.
Olaf Kolzig stopped 22-of-25 shots in the win, which came with Alexander Semin again out of the lineup. Semin amassed 73 points a year ago, but has played in just six games this year while battling an ankle injury.
Boudreau's squad has a tough task tonight. Not only does it open a three-game homestand tonight at the Verizon Center, where Washington is just 2-7-0 this year, but it must also face the Southeast's top team in Carolina.
The Hurricanes lead the standings with 29 points, while the Capitals and their 15 points are last.
Carolina was also in action yesterday and rallied from two goals down to post a 4-3 victory over visiting Tampa Bay. Glen Wesley capped a three-goal, third- period comeback.
Trailing 3-1, Ray Whitney cut the deficit to one before Justin Williams evened things up at 6:01. Wesley then capped the rally with his first goal of the season at 8:39. He had failed to light the lamp in his previous 36 games.
Eric Staal also scored for Carolina, which has won two of three. Erik Cole and Cory Stillman each finished with a pair of helpers and Cam Ward ended with 25 saves in the victory.
Cole was rejoining the team after missing four games with a neck injury.
The Hurricanes are 6-3-2 on the road this season and play their next two games at home following tonight's battle.
The Caps and Hurricanes have split two games so far this season, with each team winning on home ice. Carolina has won three of the last four and four of the last six in the series, but has lost three of its last five trips to Washington.
11/24 10:29:09 ET