The Washington Capitals (28-18-6) host the Vancouver Canucks (24-22-6) Tuesday night at Capital One Arena for a 7pm puck drop. This is the second and final meeting between the Capitals and Canucks, the first was back on Oct. 22 where the Capitals won 5-2. The game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.
The Capitals are coming off a 1-0 home loss to the Boston Bruins, ending the long-standing win streak Washington had over Boston that went back to 2014.
Vancouver is coming off a 5-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. The Canucks play against the Philadelphia Flyers Monday night and come down to Washington for the second game of their back-to-back games.
What to watch for in the Washington Capitals:
TJ Oshie has been a huge part of eth Capitals scoring unit. He plays on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. He has almost surpassed the total amount of goals that he had last season, and he still has about 30 games left in the season. In the lone game this season against the Canucks, Oshie recorded a goal and an assist. In Sunday’s game against the Bruins, he only recorded two shots and six hits, but seemed to be a big part in the team’s possession game.
— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) February 3, 2019
Alexander Ovechkin was also a key part to the win against the Canucks back in October. He recorded a pair of goals and assists. He could potentially get back to his normal ways of scoring despite being shutout in his first game back from the All-Star Break. He only recorded three shots on goal in the 24 minutes of ice time he got. He also recorded three hits and three takeaways.
John Carlson recorded four shots in Sunday’s game against the Bruins. In the past five games, Carlson has recorded two goals and three assists. In the previous game in Oct. against the Canucks, he recorded a goal and two assists. We could see Carlson have a similar outing Tuesday as he is one of the top performers on the team with eight goals and 40 assists.
In net we could see Phoenix Copley, as Braden Holtby has started the past two games. Copley just signed a three-year extension with the team worth $1.1 million annually, $3.3 million in total.
The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Pheonix Copley to a three-year, $3.3 million contract extension
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 4, 2019
What to watch for in the Vancouver Canucks:
Rookie Elias Pettersson has had an outstanding season so far and is the favorite to win the Calder Trophy. In the past five games, he has recorded four goals and three assists. This whole season, Pettersson has recorded 23 goals and 23 assists. He leads his team in goals and points. He will be a key player to watch in Tuesday night’s game.
Both Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser have become a crucial part of the Canucks offense. Horvat has 18 goals and 24 assists on the season, recording a goal and four assists in the past four games. He is currently on pace to record a career high in goals and assists this season. Boeser has recorded two goals and four assists in the past four games. Boeser has only played in 39 games this season and has recorded 17 goals and 18 assists. He recorded his 50-career goal in Saturday’s game against the Avalanche.
In net we could see Thatcher Demko, if Jacob Markstrom starts in Monday night’s game against the Flyers.
Prediction: Capitals 3 – Canucks 1