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Washington Capitals Pregame: San Jose Sharks

The Washington Capitals (21-15-2) will take on the San Jose Sharks (22-11-4) tonight at the HP Pavilion. This is the first of two meeting between the teams this season and San Jose has won 14 of the past 15 meetings. The Capitals haven’t won in San Jose since October of 1993. Both teams started off the season poorly, but have come on strong of late and could be among the top teams in their respective conferences if they keep up the strong play.

Tomas Vokoun will most likely get the start for the Capitals tonight after winning four straight games dating back to the week before New Years Day. He has been the stronger of the two goalies for the Capitals this year, and coach Dale Hunter will play the hotter goalie to get him into more of groove. Plus the team has had off since Tuesday.

Alex Ovechkin has been the best player on the Capitals roster in the past two weeks with seven goals in his past 11 games. He has two points in each of the last three games and is on a six game point streak. Dennis Wideman has seven points in his past seven games and is tied for fifth in the league among defensemen for total points.

The Capitals will be without their best player of the season to date, Nicklas Backstrom. Backstrom took an elbow to the head from Calgary Flames’ Rene Bourque on Tuesday night. They will also be without Russian winger Alexander Semin, who sat out against the Flames on Tuesday night.

The Capitals take the ice at 10:30 EST and can be viewed on CSN-MA and CSN-California.

Let’s Go Caps! Rock the Red!

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