GAME THREAD (18/82): Vegas Golden Knights at Washington Capitals (ft. School House Rock)
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WHO: Vegas Golden Knights at Washington Capitals
WHAT: 18th game of the year, third game of four-game road trip
WHERE: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
WHEN: 4 p.m.
HOW: AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, NHL.TV
Golden Knights projected lines
Jonathan Marchessault — William Karlsson — Reilly Smith
Max Pacioretty — Paul Statsny — Mark Stone
Tomas Nosek — Cody Eakin — Cody Glass
William Carrier — Nicolas Roy — Ryan Reaves
Brayden McNabb — Nate Schmidt
Nic Hague — Shea Theodore
Jon Merrill — Deryk Engelland
Capitals projected lines
Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson
Chandler Stephenson — Lars Eller — Garnet Hathaway
Brendan Leipsic — Nic Dowd — Travis Boyd
Michal Kempny — John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov — Radko Gudas
Jonas Siegenthaler — Nick Jensen
Storyline of the game
It’s a rematch of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, as the Golden Knights continue their road trip in D.C. against the Capitals. Vegas has lost three of its past four games, with each loss coming in overtime. The Capitals, meanwhile, are one of the hottest teams in the league. Washington enters on a five-game win streak and a 10-game points streak (9-0-1).
- Capitals defenseman John Carlson leads all defensemen with 26 points (eight goals, 18 assists). The next highest-scoring defenseman is Carolina Hurricanes blueliner Dougie Hamilton with 17. He had a three-point game on Thursday at Florida after going pointless in the previous two games.
- Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore is looking to break out of a bizarre slump. After scoring his lone goal of the season on Oct. 10, Theodore has only three points in the past 13 games. Theodore leads all Golden Knights defensemen with six points (one goal, five assists). If Vegas wants to steal this game, someone on the blue line needs to have a big night./