3:00p EST, Capital One Arena
Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket // 1270 AM CBS Sports Radio
Well, who knew that a 7-6 hockey game could be so frustrating to watch. In case you somehow missed it, the Red Wings lost to the Islanders 7-6 in overtime after blowing a 5-2 lead with just over six minutes by giving up four power play goals after Tyler Bertuzzi was called for a five-minute match penalty for slashing. Mike Green scored with 23 seconds left to get to the extra session but, as has been the case so many times this season, a turn over lead to an odd man rush and the game winning goal for the opposing Islanders. No rest for the dreary as the Wings head to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Capitals this afternoon.
Washington comes in top in the Metropolitan and looking to win their third in a row after beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Friday. The players you would expect to be leading the Caps in offense up front are doing just that, paced of course by Alex Ovechkin’s 32 goals and Evgeny Kuznetsov’s 37 assists. Along the blue line, John Carlson leads the rear guard with 42 points. Braden Holtby may not be having a truly Vezina like season but he has done more than enough between the pipes to keep Washington in games and at times make up for their less than air tight defense.
This could be an interesting game for several reasons. With these two teams on the ice together you probably should not expect a tight checking, 1-0 type affair so expect some goals and quality chances. Additionally, Washington is rumored to be interested in re-acquiring Mike Green from the Red Wings at the deadline in order to further boost their offensive prowess, so a big game from Green could go a long way to driving up the Red Wings ask as we approach the trade deadline. Finally, at least for me, it is always fun to watch a player like Alex Ovechkin on the ice. Anthony Mantha obviously does not have Ovechkin’s talent level but there is a lot about his play style I think Big Tony could emulate and I hope he watches him closely tonight and out plays the Great 8 as well.
Detroit Red Wings
Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Anthony Mantha
Tomas Tatar - Dylan Larkin - Andreas Athanasiou
Darren Helm - Frans Nielsen – Justin Abdelkader
Tyler Bertuzzi – Luke Glendening - Martin Frk
Jonathan Ericsson – Trevor Daley
Niklas Kronwall – Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser – Nick Jensen
Scratches: Luke Witkowski, Xavier Ouellet
Injuries: Johan Franzen (LTIR)
Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstrom – Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana – Evgeny Kuznetsov – T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly – Lars Eller – Alex Chiasson
Chandler Stephenson – Jay Beagle – Devante Smith-Pelly
Christian Djoos – John Carlson
Matt Niskanen – Dimitri Orlov
Brooks Orpik – Madison Bowey
Game Day Prediction Contest
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