The Washington Ovechkins, uh, Capitals roll into the Sommet Center tonight as the Preds look to get back to their winning ways against another Eastern Conference opponent. Nashville currently sits in the 8th spot in the Western Conference with 70 points; Washington is 3rd in the East with 86 points. Nashville is 6-3-1 in their last 10 games while Washington is 4-5-1, having lost their last four. The usually potent Capital offense has hit a slump in the four losses, scoring a combined total of 8 goals. Production for Washington has come from the usual suspects of Ovechkin, Semin, and Fedorov. Washington has, however, only managed one goal from someone not on their top line in these losses. For the Preds to be successful, the will have to contain the potent top line of the Caps and limit secondary scoring. The Preds top line has to be productive, but we must continue the positive trends of shooting the puck and crashing the net as all lines have done recently. Scoring from our second, third, and fourth lines have been solid and consistent during the win streak. After a hiatus in Philly, it is time to see this type of play.
The Preds welcome back Scott Nichol tonight. "Scooter" is a dynamic and integral part of this team who brings high energy and a strong work ethic to the ice. I had a chance to talk to Scott while he was out, and he was anxious to get back on the ice and frustrated that the process was taking so long. 38 games- we missed you Scooter. Good to see a good guy work his way back.
The puck drops at 7:00. Time to bring it boys.