NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, October 14th
(All times Eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (1-3-1) at Washington Capitals (1-4-0), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - A couple of teams in desperate need of a win will meet
Monday in D.C., as the Washington Capitals host the Edmonton Oilers at Verizon
The Capitals and Oilers each enter Monday's contest with just one win in five
games this season. Washington (1-4-0) has lost its last three games in
regulation, while the 1-3-1 Oilers have lost two straight, including
Saturday's 6-5 overtime setback in Toronto.
Saturday's game against the Leafs was a back-and-forth affair. The score was
tied 2-2 after one period and it was 3-3 after 40 minutes. Edmonton then
held a pair of one-goal leads in the third period, but was unable to hold
either of them.
Toronto tied the game at 5-5 on Joffrey Lupul's tally with 31 seconds
remaining in regulation and Dave Bolland netted the game-winning goal at 2:09
Ryan Smyth scored twice for Edmonton in the loss, while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins,
Boyd Gordon and Jordan Eberle all scored a goal and Mark Arcobello had three
assists. Devan Dubnyk struggled between the pipes, allowing all six goals on
"I'm sure (Toronto head coach) Randy (Carlyle) and I have got a few extra gray
hairs from that one," said Edmonton head coach Dallas Eakins. "I thought our
guys played hard."
Saturday's wild game kicked off a six-game road trip for the Oilers, who are
0-1-1 as the visiting team so far this season.
Washington, meanwhile, was handed its most lopsided loss of the season on
Saturday, as it dropped a 5-1 decision to visiting Colorado. Alex Tanguay
scored twice to back a 40-save effort from former Capitals goaltender Semyon
Varlamov. The win kept the Avalanche perfect on the season, improving their
record to 5-0.
Eric Fehr potted the lone goal for the slumping Capitals, while Michal
Neuvirth stopped 23-of-28 shots in a losing cause.
"It starts on our end. We've got to be stronger; we've got make sure pucks get
out," said Fehr. "I think we need to want the puck a little bit more. We have
to win puck battles, whether it's in our end or their end. We need to play
physical, and we need to want the puck."
Washington is playing the third test of a five-game homestand on Monday and
will close the residency with tests against the New York Rangers and Columbus.
The Caps have claimed three of five and four of the last seven meetings
against the Oilers, who have been defeated in seven of their past eight trips
10/14 10:37:20 ET