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What better way to bounce back from a bitter defeat to our nearest rivals than a game against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals?

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals @ Calgary Flames - 7pm MT

Broadcast Schedule
TV Sportsnet 360 Comcast Sports Network - DC
Radio Sportsnet960 The Fan

This isn't good. The Flames arent good. Things aren't working. Still, I had people on Saturday night/Sunday morning try to tell me that things aren't bad and that Kris Russell's performance wasn't bad compared to Dougie Hamilton's. Well I'm sorry, but...

The Flames aren't good right now. Nobody is performing to their level, from top line forwards to third defence pairing. Well actually, the third D pairing aren't bad, but that's not the point. Don't even get me started on the goalie situation...

Anyway, all of this ignores that the Flames won't be playing themselves tonight. They face the Washington Capitals, because what better pick-me-up following a BoA defeat than facing Alex Ovechkin?

The Caps started with four home games, winning three of them. Now with added T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams, they're the same Caps as they have been for the past few years - dangerous, clinical, and damn good at the hockey thing.

It's been nearly a year since the last time the Caps were in the Saddledome. A team including Ladislav Smid and Curtis Glencross (before he was traded to the opposition) lost 3-1.

Season leaders
Calgary Flames Washington Capitals
Record
2 Points 6
29th Overall Position 13th
14th (W) Conference 6th (E)
7th (P) Division 3rd (M)
1-4-0 Season Record 3-1-0
3L Current Streak 3W
42-34-13 Overall Vs 42-34-13
0-0-0 Season Vs 0-0-0
-9 Season Goal Difference +3
2 Goals For Average 3.25
3.8 Goals Against Average 2.5
Time On Ice/Game
Dennis Wideman (25:05) Defence John Carlson (24:02)
Sean Monahan (20:40) Offence T.J. Oshie (21:08)
Points
David Jones (3) Goals Alex Ovechkin (3)
Dennis Wideman (5) Assists John Carlson (3)
Johnny Gaudreau (5)
Dennis Wideman (5)
Points John Carlson (5)
Special Teams
21.43 Powerplay% 38.46
3 Powerplay Goals For 5
Dougie Hamilton (1)
Jiri Hudler (1)
David Jones (1)
PPG Leader T.J. Oshie (2)
81.25 Penalty Kill % 84.62
3 PK Goals Conceded 2
0 Shorthanded Goals For 1
Shots
Johnny Gaudreau (13) Shots On Goal T.J. Oshie (16)
Jiri Hudler (42.9) Shot % Nicklas Backstrom (50)
Faceoff Leaders
Mikael Baclund (50)
Matt Stajan (50)
FO% Jay Beagle (63.1)
Jiri Hudler (70.67) ZSO% Andre Burakovski (89.66)
#GRITCHART
Brandon Bollig (17) PIM Evgeny Kuznetsov (6)
Micheal Ferland (21) Hits Brooks Orpik (13)
Kris Russell (17) Blocked Shots Brooks Orpik (10)
5v5 Corsi (min. 10mins per game played)
Deryk Engelland (57.69) Defence Dmitri Orlov (58.54)
Michael Frolik (48.34) Forward Alex Ovechkin (56.1)
5v5 Fenwick (min. 10mins per game played)
Deryk Engelland (54.88) Defence John Carlson (62.07)
Michael Frolik (47.22) Forward Alex Ovechkin(56.14)
Save percentage
Jonas Hiller (87.21)
Karri Ramo (90.41)
All Situations % Braden Holtby (92.08)
Jonas Hiller (88.57)
Karri Ramo (88.3)
Even Strength
5 on 5 %
Braden Holtby (92.86)
Data courtesy of nhl.com and war-on-ice.com

Don't I know you?

Dennis Wideman used to be a Capital. That's all, folks.

ICYMI

Edmonton Oilers 5-2 Calgary Flames

Game recap

SMGDH.

Projected lines

  • The top line will be split up. It's not working, and Bob Hartley has seen that. Michael Frolik joins the kids up top, with Jiri Hudler joining Mikael Backlund and Sam Bennett on line two.
  • That is, if Bennett is good to go. Both he and the returning Joe Colborne will be game-time decisions. Colborne will be flanked by Micheal Ferland and David Jones if he gets the nod.
  • Ferland missed Monday's practice due to "maintenance" - I have no idea either. He skated this morning.
  • Karri Ramo gets the start between the pipes.
Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Michael Frolik
Sam Bennett Mikael Backlund Jiri Hudler
Micheal Ferland Joe Colborne David Jones
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Josh Jooris
Left Defence Right Defence
Mark Giordano Dougie Hamilton
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
Brett Kulak Deryk Engelland
Goalies
Jonas Hiller Karri Ramo (s)
  • The Caps have a fully fit roster to select from, so they'll be at full strength. Wonderful.
Washington Capitals
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Alex Ovechkin Evgeny Kuznetzov T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson Nicklas Backstrom Justin Williams
Jason Chimera Jay Beagle Tom Wilson
Andre Burakovski Chandler Stephenson Brooks Laich
Left Defence Right Defence
Brooks Orpik John Carlson
Karl Alzner Matt Niskanen
Dmitri Orlov Taylor Chorney
Goalies
Braden Holtby Philipp Grubauer

Milestones

This will be Karri Ramo's 125th NHL game. David Jones requires four more goals for 100, while Michael Frolik needs five to reach the same milestone. A point for Alex Ovechkin will give him 900 in 763 games, John Carlson is three goals away from 50, three assists away from 150, and six points from 200. Sean Monahan needs two points for 100.

Other games tonight

Road Home Time (MT)
Coyotes Devils 5:00pm
Panthers Penguins 5:00pm
Islanders Blue Jackets 5:00pm
Stars Flyers 5:30pm
Blues Canadiens 5:30pm
Lightning Predators 6:00pm

Join us in the gamethread, where we'll be discussing the merits of this stat.

Come on Johnny, gotta step up with those GWGs in lost games....