NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, October 18th
(All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (1-2-1-0) at St. Louis Blues (1-1-0-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Washington Capitals try for their first win over the
St. Louis Blues since 1997 and in the process put the brakes on a four-game
winless streak when they continue their six-game road trip at
the Savvis Center this evening.
Washington is 0-7-1 in its last eight meetings with the Blues and has not
beaten St. Louis since December 29, 1997. The Caps have also lost five
straight in St. Louis.
On Friday Washington fell to 0-3-1 in its last four with a 4-2 loss to the
Dallas Stars. Robert Lang and Matt Pettinger scored for Capitals, who have
lost three of their first five games (1-3-1). Olaf Kolzig stopped 14 shots in
Jaromir Jagr failed to record a point for the third straight game and has
scored just five goals in 18 career games against the Blues.
The Blues, meanwhile, got some bad news on Friday when they learned that
captain Al MacInnis will be lost indefinitely after undergoing eye surgery on
The team has not released details, but MacInnis is believed to have suffered a
detached retina in the same eye he injured in 2001. The 40-year-old defenseman
played in the Blues' first three games.
MacInnis, who is best known for his blistering slapshot, has 340 goals and 934
assists in 1,416 career NHL games.
St. Louis had its season-opening three-game road trip to start the
season end on a sour note Thursday with a 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.
Petr Cajanek scored for the Blues, while Chris Osgood stopped 20 shots, as St.
Louis fell to 1-1-0-1 on the year. It was the first time this season that
someone other than Keith Tkachuk lit the lamp.
The Blues also welcomed Dallas Drake into the lineup for the first time this
season. Drake, who tallied 20 scores last season, missed the first two games
of the year with a facial fracture he sustained from getting hit in the face
by a puck in practice. He also sported a visor this evening for the first time
in his 12-year career, while registering five shots.
St. Louis is 8-1-1 in its last 10 meetings with the Capitals.
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