NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, November 3rd
(All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (8-3-3) at Washington Capitals (4-3-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers try to put the brakes on a two-game
skid tonight when they visit the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center.
Atlanta has lost four of its last five (1-2-2) overall after a four-game
winning streak. On Wednesday the Thrashers dropped a 5-2 tilt to visiting
Carolina, as Rod Brind'Amour and Ray Whitney each tallied two goals and two
assists for the Hurricanes.
Marian Hossa and Vitaly Vishnevski each scored for the Thrashers, while Kari
Lehtonen gave up four goals on 13 shots before being pulled late in the second
period. Johan Hedberg took over the netminding duties and stopped all four
shots he faced.
Hossa netted his 11th goal of the season, which places him one behind New
York's Brendan Shanahan for the league lead. He is also the NHL's leader with
eight power-play goals.
Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk and Co. currently lead the Southeast Division with 19
points -- five ahead of Carolina and Florida.
Atlanta will visit the NY Islanders on Saturday.
Washington, meanwhile, ended a two-game skid with Monday's 4-2 win in Calgary
to complete a four-game road trip at 2-1-1. Richard Zednik scored two straight
goals to spearhead the effort.
Dainius Zubrus also tallied a pair of goals for the Capitals, while Alexander
Ovechkin and Shaone Morrisonn added a pair of assists apiece. Olaf Kolzig
stopped 37 shots on 39 attempts.
The Capitals, who are last in the Southeast with 12 points, will visit
Philadelphia on Saturday.
The Thrashers have won the first two meetings with the Caps this season, one
in overtime and one in a shootout. Atlanta is 9-3-1 in the last 13 meetings
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