NHL Preview: Washington Capitals Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
The Washington Capitals are set to travel to Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. They are in the midst of their first multiple game win streak and are looking to win their third straight game, the second on the road. The game will be broadcast on the NHL Network at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 14.
Washington is starting to get things clicking on offense as they have scored 11 goals in their last two matchups. Left-winger Alexander Ovechkin is starting to get hot. He is looking to continue his five game point streak and has netted a goal in three straight games. In his first game, the Capitals’ season opener against the Lightning, he was held pointless and put up just four shots on goal. Coach Adam Oates is going to be looking for the perfect line pairing so he can utilize Ovechkin as best as possible.
The Tampa Bay offense has been at a lull lately, losing five straight games, but they have had their star players performing at their peaks. Reliable starters Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos have been playing as usual and the Capitals should be especially worried about Stamkos. His six points over the past six games have been perfect and has been a major thorn in the Capitals’ side in his career. It should be interesting to see how Coach Oates handles his defense in stopping Stamkos as he had two points in the first outing. Don’t sleep on Vincent Lecavalier, either! He has been great in February and had a great goal against the Capitals in their first game.