ARLINGTON, VA-The Washington Capitals (15-16-1, 31 points) host the New York Islanders (14-15-3, 31 points) in another huge game tonight as they try to get back into the playoffs. The Caps lost to the Islanders 5-2 earlier this month in Long Island and would like some revenge tonight.
“We got a little score to settle with the Islanders,” Troy Brouwer said.
The Caps haven’t beat the Islanders in regulation in over two years.
Brouwer added, “We’re both trying to make the playoffs. It’s going to be a very, very enthusiastic spirited game tonight.”
The Caps are two points out of 8th place in the East, but the Rangers have a game in hand.
The Caps lines tonight are likely: Johansson-Backstrom-Ovi, Laich-Ribeiro-Brouwer, Chimera-Perreault-Wolski, Hendricks-Beagle-Ward, Alzner-Green, Hillen-Carlson, Orlov-Oleksy.
Braden Holtby (13-10-0, 2.64 GAA, .917 Save pct.) is making his sixth straight start tonight.
Oates said Michal Neuvirth, who hasn’t played since March 16th, will play one of the two back-to-back games this weekend, either at Buffalo or at Philly.
Eric Fehr is day-to-day with an upper body injury and out tonight. Tom Poti (upper body), John Erskine (upper body) & Tomas Kundratek (lower body, sprained right MCL) are all on IR and not playing tonight.
Schultz, Fehr & Volpatti will be the scratches.
The Caps have 16 losses this season and in 14 of them they’ve given up a power play goal. The Caps have 15 wins and in 12 of them they’ve scored a power play goal.
Listen here to what Adam Oates, Troy Brouwer & Jack Hillen had to say following the morning skate today.
Adam Oates Practice Audio
Troy Brouwer Practice Audio
Jack Hillen Practice Audio