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Preview: Game Day #55, Capitals @ Kings

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Time for the Kings to push this winning streak a little further

heads up, Cliffy
heads up, Cliffy
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Washington CapitalsLos Angeles Kings (Staples Center)

Time: 7:00 PM PST

TV: Fox Sports West, SportsNet One, CSN-DC

Enemy Reading: Japers' Rink

Lineups:

Los Angeles Kings

Gaborik–Kopitar–Lewis
King–Carter–Toffoli
Brown–Stoll–Williams
Clifford–Shore–Nolan

Regehr–Doughty
Muzzin–Greene
McNabb–McBain

Quick
(Jones)

Scratched: Andreoff, Forbort; Injured: Pearson, Martinez; Suspended: Voynov

Washington Capitals

Ovechkin–Backstrom–Johansson
Laich–Fehr–Ward
Chimera–Kuznetsov–Brouwer
Volpatti–Beagle–Wilson

Orpik–Carlson
Alzner–Niskanen
Oleksy–Green

Holtby
(Peters)

Injured: Orlov, Erskine; Scratched: Burakovsky, Latta, Hillen

Notes:

  • The Kings' last three-game winning streak? November 15-20. They've only taken a winning streak beyond three games one time this season, when they went 6-0 during their long October homestand.
  • So home is better, right? If so, that makes the upcoming month critical. There are seven games remaining in February, and only one (at Colorado) will truly feel like a road game; four games in LA, one in Anaheim, and one in Santa Clara.
  • Of course, February kicked off with a 4-0 loss to these same Caps. The next game (against Florida) was perhaps the most devastating loss of the season, but this game showed a team that was as helpless as they'd been all year. Almost no scoring chances, almost no poise on the back end, and a power play goal allowed to boot. The rebound opportunity has come around very quickly.
  • The bad news for Washington? Their worst offensive game of the season took place on Sunday, when the Caps mustered just fourteen shots against a not-very-good Philadelphia team. The good news? That was six days ago, and since then, they've only played once, an up-and-down win over San Jose in OT.
  • Steve Oleksy, who played in 51 games in the prior two seasons, makes his season debut for the Caps tonight. He's had a journey, to say the least.
  • Tyler Toffoli played 17:32 on Thursday, and astonishingly, that was a season-high. (According to ESPN  he has a point for every 19:11 of ice time this season; can we just set that as the baseline?)
  • PREDICTION: Tyler Toffoli plays more than 17:32 tonight.