NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, December 22nd
(All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (10-19-2) at Atlanta Thrashers (14-16-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers will try to tie a franchise record
with their fourth consecutive victory tonight, as they welcome the struggling
Washington Capitals to Philips Arena.
Atlanta's third straight victory came Saturday versus Florida. Jim Slater and
Ilya Kovalchuk scored goals 17 seconds apart in the third period to lift the
Thrashers over the Panthers, 2-1.
Michael Garnett made 27 saves for the Thrashers, who also won three in a row
from November 9-12. Atlanta has won four in a row twice in its history the
last time coming from December 6-12, 2003.
Kovalchuk and Marc Savard each have six game point scoring streaks intact.
Kovalchuk has four goals and six assists during the stretch and has goals in
each of the last two games.
Tonight's game completes a modest two-game homestand for the Thrashers, who
are 8-7-2 in Atlanta this season.
The Capitals have dropped two straight, including a 3-2 home loss to Florida
on Sunday evening. Roberto Luongo made 53 saves and the Panthers scored three
straight goals to down Washington at the MCI Center.
Chris Clark and Brian Sutherby scored for the Capitals, who have lost nine of
their last 11 games. Olie Kolzig allowed three goals on 34 shots faced in the
The Caps are just 3-11-1 as the road team this season.
This is the fourth meeting of the season between Atlanta and the Caps. The
Thrashers won the first two matchups before Washington won in a shootout on
The Caps have dropped three straight in Atlanta.
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