The Washington Capitals (24-11-3) visit the St. Louis Blues (15-18-4) for an 8 p.m. puck drop at Enterprise Center on Thursday. This is the first of two meetings between the teams, the second coming up on Jan. 14. The game will be broadcasted on Sportsnet 360, Fox Sports-Midwest and NBC Sports Washington.
The Capitals are coming off a 6-3 loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday. Scoring for the Capitals was Michal Kempny, Jakub Vrana and Chandler Stephenson.
The Blues lost 2-1 to New York Rangers on Monday.
What to watch for in the Washington Capitals:
The Capitals are looking to bounce back against the Blues on Thursday. Capitals’ defenseman Brooks Orpik played Monday in his first game back since Oct. 27, due to a surgical procedure on his right knee. Tyler Lewington was sent back down to the Hershey Bears. Matt Niskanen missed Monday’s game against the Nashville Predators, making it his second straight game he has missed since going head first into the boards during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Dec. 27.
Jakub Vrana is an up and coming star on the team. He has shown his worth to the team and has improved tremendously. He has shown his greatest asset to him is his speed along with his stick handling. In Monday’s game against the Predators, Vrana scored the team’s second goal of the game in the first period. That was his 12 goal of the season. The most goals he has had in a season is 13, so he is on pace to surpass that by a decent amount this season.
In net on Thursday we could see Phoenix Copley against the Blues, as the Capitals have a game the following day against the Dallas Stars, in which Holtby will probably start. Phoenix Copley record this season while in net is 9-2-1 with a 2.61 goals against average and a .914 save percentage.
What to watch for in the St. Louis Blues:
The Blues have lost their past two games, against the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers. They look to break the losing streak on Thursday. They have also been held to a single goal in those games.
Leading the Blues in points is Ryan O’Reilly with 35. He is in his first year with the Blues after being traded from the Buffalo Sabres. He has recorded 15 goals and 20 assists. He recorded a goal in Mondays game against the Rangers.
David Perron is back in St. Louis after spending the previous season with the Vegas Golden Knights. He is second on the team in goals behind O’Reilly with 13. He recorded a goal in the game against the Penguins on Saturday along with an assist in Monday’s game against the Rangers.
Jake Allen could be expected in net for Thursday’s matchup.
Prediction: Capitals 4 – Blues 2