The Washington Capitals (30-18-7) host the Los Angeles Kings (23-27-5) Monday night at Capital One Arena for a 7pm puck drop. This is the first meeting between the teams, the second and final meeting coming the following Monday in Los Angeles. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports-West and NBC Sports Washington.
Washington is coming off a 5-4 overtime loss Saturday night to the Florida Panthers. Scoring for Washington: Brett Connolly (2), Lars Eller (1) and Evgeny Kuznestov (1)
The Kings lost to the Boston Bruins 5-4 in Overtime Saturday.
What to watch for in the Washington Capitals:
The Capitals had a comeback brewing in Saturday night’s loss. They were down 2-0 at the end of the first period. End of the second they were down 3-2. By the end of the third, Evgeny Kuznestov made it a 4-4 game. But unfortunately, a costly penalty in the last few second of the third carried into overtime where the Panthers won it. The third line consisting of Brett Connolly, Andre Burakovsky and Lars Eller had three of the four goals for the Capitals.
Connolly’s three-point game yesterday gave him a total of 29 points on the season, the most he has ever had in a single season. Connolly recorded two goals and an assist in Saturday’s game.
Burakovsky is proving to the Capitals organization that he should not be traded. Playing on the third-line in Saturday’s game, he recorded two assists, a fourth of his current season total. In the previous game against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, Burakovsky scored a goal, his second goal in 2019 and seventh on the season.
Lars Eller, scored a goal and tallied an assist on the third-line in Saturday’s game. The single he scored on Saturday was his first since Jan. 4.
Kuznestov has scored two goals in the final minutes of the third period in the past two games that have sent the games into overtime. He has stepped up his game and been a key part of Washington’s offense. He has scored four goals and four assists in the past five games. He will be a big part for the offense on Monday.
If the third-line can carry over the momentum that they had Saturday against the Panthers, the Kings will struggle to keep that line out of the offensive zone.
In net we could see Braden Holtby due to his stellar performance in recent games.
What to watch for in the Los Angeles Kings:
Three goals and four assists in the past five games, Anze Kopitar has been on a roll recently. He scored a goal in Saturday’s loss to the Bruins. He leads the team in goals with 17 and has been a key to the offensive production for a team that has struggled this year. Kopitar is going to be a threat for the Capitals Monday.
Jonathan Quick is expected in net for Monday’s matchup in Washington. Quick is 11-13-4 with a 2.99 GAA and .902 save percentage.
Prediction: Capitals 4 – Kings 2