Washington Capitals Pregame: Tampa Bay Lightning

Fresh off of their overtime thriller in D.C. on Saturday evening, the Washington Capitals are ready for their second game of the season as they play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at 7:00 pm. This is the first meeting of the fierce divisional rivals since the Lightning knocked the Capitals out of the playoffs in a four-game sweep this past spring. Last season the Capitals posted a 4-1-1 record against the Lightning prior to the playoffs, and seemed to dominate them in almost every aspect. As we all know though, strong play in the regular season does not guarantee success in the playoffs. However, the Capitals will still look to improve their record to 2-0-0 this evening.

The biggest news of this game is that goalie Tomas Vokoun will get his first start of the season for the Capitals tonight. There was much controversy when Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau made the decision to start Michal Neuvirth in the Capitals opening game. The decision has sparked much interest throughout the hockey community, but only Boudreau knows (or thinks he knows) what is right for the team.

The Capitals potent offense also seemed to be back in the swing of things after a lackluster year. Ten Capitals players enter tonight’s game having recorded a point, and only Nicklas Backstrom has multiple points after racking up two assists against the Hurricanes.

There was no injuries recorded in the first game for the Capitals, but defensemen Tom Poti and John Erskine remain on the long term IR. There is a possibility that Mathieu Perrault will be a healthy scratch for this evenings game, but the lineups are uncertain right now.

As stated before, the game time is 7 pm ET and can be viewed on Versus.

Rock the Red.

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