Friday, November 15, 2013

Datsyuk vs Ovechkin : Russian the Offence

Ovechkin visits Hockeytown, Red Wings are ready to get the winning streak down

With Alexander Ovechkin and his high-flying offense, averaging 3 goals a game, knock down the Wings? Will a high-powered power-play from the Capitals, clicking at 25.6%, over-power the 7th leading penalty kill from the Red Wings? Will we see the Braden Holtby that let in 3 goals on 14 shots against Calgary or the one that played amazing in the last couple of games? Will Kyle Quincey finally be a + player in a game, a feat he’s only done twice this year?

These questions and many more will be answered tonight at the Joe-Louis Arena at 7:30 ET.

The Capitols are 6-3-1 in their last ten games, while the Red Wings are 3-2-5. The starting goaltenders are Holtby for the Capitals and Howard for the Red Wings.

Projected Lineup for the Washington Capitals:
Martin Erat
Nicklas Backstrom
Alex Ovechkin
Brooks Laich
Marcus Johansson
Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera
Mikael Grabovski
Joel Ward
Aaron Volpatti
Michael Latta
Tom Wilson

Nate Schmidt
Mike Green
Karl Alzner
John Carlson
Alexander Urbom
Steve Oleksy

Projected Lineup for the Detroit Red Wings:
Henrik Zetterberg
Pavel Datsyuk
Todd Bertuzzi
Tomas Tatar
Johan Franzen
Daniel Alfredsson
Daniel Cleary
Joakim Andersson
Justin Abdelkader
Drew Miller
Darren Helm
Mikael Samuelsson

Niklas Kronwall
Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey
Danny DeKeyser
Brian Lashoff
Jakub Kindl

Game notes – Red Wings
  • ·     Patrick Eaves cleared waivers today and has been sent to Grand Rapids;
  •     Tomas Tatar returns to the line-up, so does Jonathan Ericsson after being on the LTIR;
  • ·  Jimmy Howard will try to win his sixth game: he is 5-5-5 after 15 games with 2.67 GAA and a .910 SV%.

Game notes – Capitals
  • ·        The Capitals have recalled defenseman Tyson Strachan from Hershey. If he playes, he’ll be the 10th defenseman to do so for Washington this year.
  • ·         Jason Chimera has 2 assists in 3 games after being signed to a two-year contract extension on November 8th.
  • ·         Alexander Ovechkin has 6 points in his last 5 games.