Washington Capitals Pregame: Philadelphia Flyers

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The Washington Capitals (15-12-1) will take on the Philadelphia Flyers (18-7-3), who are currently sitting atop the NHL’s Eastern Conference, tonight. This is the second of four meetings between the two teams this season, with the Capitals taking the first by a score of 5-2 on October 20. The Capitals will also look to improve to 4-3-0 since Dale Hunter took over and add to their two-game winning streak they have going now.

Tomas Vokoun will get the start in net tonight, and for good measure. When these teams faced off in mid-October, Vokoun made 40 stops en route to a 5-2 victory. He has also played lights out in his past two games, winning both decisions with huge saves at opportune times.

Alex Ovechkin has three points in his last four games and seems to be getting back into form. Ovi is averaging 4.2 shots per game since Hunter took over, which is eerily similar to his numbers from his 65 goal season. Nicklas Backstrom is always a threat in the offensive zone and has been of late. John Carlson, who was just named the NHL third star of the week, has put up seven points in his last six games and has really taken over in the absence of Mike Green.

Besides Mike Green (groin), Matt Hendricks (knee), and Jay Beagle (concussion) will also be scratches in the game tonight. Jeff Schultz will also be a scratch tonight, albeit he is a healthy scratch.

The lines will look the same as they have the past two games for the Capitals. And hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The game begins tonight at 7:00 PM and can be viewed on CSN-PH and CSN-MA.

Let’s Go Caps! Rock the Red!