NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 10th
(All times eastern)
Tampa Bay Lightning (7-8-1) at Washington Capitals (6-9-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to win three in a row for
the first time since the opening days of the season when they visit the
Washington Capitals tonight at the Verizon Center.
The Lightning began the year with a 3-0 start, but followed that with a 2-8-1
stretch that featured a six-game losing streak.
Tampa ended the skid with Wednesday's home victory over Florida and made it
two in a row the following night in Carolina.
The Bolts posted a 5-1 win over the Hurricanes on Thursday evening, as Shane
O'Brien netted a pair of goals to lead the way at the RBC Center.
Vaclav Prospal had a goal and two assists and Michel Ouellet donated a pair of
helpers for the Lightning, who also posted their first road victory of the
Johan Holmqvist turned in a dominant performance and finished with 40 saves.
The Lightning, who are now 1-7-0 as the visiting team, are wrapping up a brief
two-game swing tonight.
Washington also won its first three games of the season, but has had little
success since then. The Caps did end a four-game slide with Thursday's
impressive win over the powerful Ottawa Senators.
Viktor Kozlov had a goal and two assists as the Capitals ended the Sens eight-
game winning streak with a 4-1 triumph in Ottawa.
Nicklas Backstrom scored his first career goal while Tomas Fleischmann and
Alexander Ovechkin also lit the lamp for the Capitals. Olaf Kolzig made 27
saves in the win.
The Capitals are just 2-4-0 as the home club this season and have dropped four
of their last five games in the nation's capital.
The Lightning have won five of seven and eight of their last 12 against the
Capitals, though Washington does own a 5-3 home win over Tampa Bay this year.
That was the club's second straight home victory against the Lightning.
11/10 10:28:26 ET