CAPITALS (22-21-8) at CANADIENS (27-19-5)
The Washington Capitals travel to Montreal to take on the Canadiens in the Bell Centre. The Capitals have been without captain and league leading goal scorer Alexander Ovechkin for the past two games. The Capitals are 2-6-2 of their last 10, while the Canadiens are 4-5-1. Each team is skidding and falling down the rankings.
The Canadiens have lost three in a row, and look to get back in the win column on Saturday against the Capitals. Montreal continues to have trouble with their blue liners, allowing more than 4+ goals in the past 5 games. The Canadiens, just like the Capitals, played Friday night and will finish their set of back to back games on Saturday. Montreal started Carey Price against the Red Wings the night before which means back-up goaltender Peter Budaj will most likely get the start. Budaj is 5-4-1 while posting a .923 SV% and 2.06 GAA
Things couldn’t get worse for this Washington Capitals team. Last night Mikhail Grabovski suffered a knee injury and left the game mid way through, he did not return. Alex Ovechkin also is inured and has missed the last two games. The Capitals have also dropped from third in the Metropolitan to 7th, which is also the number of games the Capitals have lost in a row. In the last seven games the Capitals have only scored more than two goals in a game once, which was a lost to the Penguins. Michael Nuevirth started against the Devils Friday which means Holtby with most likely get the start. Holtby has posted .911 SV and 3.00 GAA.
(Stats via; NHL.com)