NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, November 26th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (10-10-1) at Washington Capitals (8-14-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Capitals are clicking under their new head coach.
Washington will go for its third straight win since the bench change tonight
when they host the Buffalo Sabres at the Verizon Center.
After a 6-14-1 start, the Capitals relieved Glen Hanlon of his coaching duties
on Thursday and named Bruce Boudreau interim coach. Boudreau was coaching
Washington's American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears.
Washington won Boudreau's debut on Friday over the Philadelphia Flyers, and
then made the new coach a winner in his home debut on Saturday. Alex Ovechkin
scored a pair of goals, including a clutch tally in the final minutes, to lift
the Capitals over the Hurricanes, 5-2.
Ovechkin extended his points streak to a season-high eight games, amassing
seven goals and three assists in that span. The Russian leads the Capitals
with 16 goals and 26 points.
Michael Nylander scored a goal and added two helpers for Washington, which
snapped a five-game home losing streak with the win. Nicklas Backstrom added
two assists, and Olaf Kolzig stopped 35 shots for the Capitals in the win.
Washington will hope that it can keep getting production from players other
than Ovechkin. Nylander is second on the club with six goals, 10 behind
The Capitals are 3-7-0 as the host and wrap a three-game homestand on
Wednesday versus the Florida Panthers.
The Sabres snapped a four-game road losing streak on Saturday with a 3-0 win
over Montreal, and improved to 3-6-1 as the visitor. Jocelyn Thibault made 24
saves to earn his 38th career shutout for Buffalo against his former club.
Jaroslav Spacek, Thomas Vanek and Jochen Hecht all scored for the Sabres, who
earned a home-and-home sweep over the Canadiens following a 4-2 win in Buffalo
Friday and won for the fourth straight time overall.
Thibault was brilliant in a spot start for Buffalo's usual netminder, Ryan
Miller, who made 30 saves in the weekend's earlier win over Montreal.
Derek Roy had an assist and has three goals and three helpers during a five-
game points streak.
On the injury front, defenseman Henrik Tallinder (shoulder) is out
indefinitely, while forward Drew Stafford (strained shoulder) is questionable
for tonight's game.
The Sabres have won four in a row over Washington, including a 7-3 home
victory this season with Spacek and Roy scoring twice. Buffalo has also won
five of its last six trips to Washington.
11/26 10:40:12 ET