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The Lightning Look to Close Out the Series Against the Caps With a Sweep

By: Philip Wunderlich

The rivalry is a newer one that was set last season when the Lightning met the Capitals in the Eastern Conference Finals and have played as such ever since. Let’s see how the Bolts face up against the Caps in this matchup.

 

Tampa Bay Outlook

The Bolts have not played for a while as they last played on Monday against the Boston Bruins. The game resulted in a win however it was not without casualties as Ondrej Palat got hurt in this one. Palat is luckily ready to go tonight as the face the Capitals. The Bolts have won their last two matchups against the Caps and hopefully will continue here tonight.

 

Tampa Bay Lines

Offense

Palat – Stamkos – Miller

Johnson – Point – Kucherov

Killorn – Cirelli – Joseph

Gourde – Paquette – Callahan

Defense

Hedman – Sergachev

McDonagh – Cernak

Coburn – Rutta

Goalies

Vasilevskiy (Confirmed Starter)

Domingue

 

Washington Outlook

The Caps have found out that this Lightning team isn’t the same team they played last season. The Lightning have been much more physical this season and if the Caps want to be successful they have to get on the body and on the score sheet early. The Capitals are on a bit of win streak here as they have won their last three and if they want to continue their winning ways they have to keep applying pressure for a full sixty minutes.

 

Washington Lines

Offense

Ovechkin – Backstrom – Wilson

Hagelin – Kuznetsov – Burakovsky

Vrana – Eller – Connolly

Stephenson – Dowd – Boyd

Defense

Djoos – Carlson

Orlov – Niskanen

Orpik – Jensen

Goalies

Holtby

Copley

 

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