Barry Trotz, Washington Capitals visit Nashville Predators — NHL on NBCSN

Leslie Hanson
November 15, 2017

The Nashville Predators (9-5-2) will be going for their fifth straight victory on Tuesday when they host the Washington Capitals (10-7-1) as small favorites at the sportsbooks. The Washington Capitals have allowed two or less goals in six of their last eight games. On two other goals, the shot went in cleanly but there was still traffic in front of Holtby.

The Capitals pulled starting goalie, Braden Holtby for the third period.

"The toughest type of shots are usually the ones that are unpredictable", Holtby said.

"That was a pretty stupid sequence", forward Tom Wilson said. "It is going to be a lot of fun and we're going to take advantage of it". Alex Ovechkin has 13 goals and six assists to lead the Capitals while Evgeny Kuznetsov has three goals and 16 assists.

Bonino made it 2-0 at 17:43. That scoreline also lasted only 17 seconds as T.J. Oshie slotted home from close range with assists from Chandler Stephenson and Nicklas Backstrom. On the very next shift, the Capitals' third line started an extended shift in the offensive zone, holding on to the puck long enough for a full change to the fourth line. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with eight goals, P.K. Subban has eight assists and Viktor Arvidsson has 55 shots on goal.

"Balance is great if you can get it", Laviolette said. Nashville is putting up 2.75 goals per game this season while allowing 2.81 per contest. It's possible the puck ramped up off defenseman Madison Bowey's stick. "I know it wasn't there at the beginning of the year and it was a hot topic". Both of these clubs are in good form, but when you factor in we're getting plus money with Washington, you have to like the road team based on the value. Nashville reeled off the first 16 shots of the game, drew four penalties and scored two goals before Washington finally recorded its first, a Devante Smith-Pelly wrist shot 36 feet from the net with 2:17 left until first intermission. "It's a role that I'm counted on from the guys here to contribute offensively".

They're middle of the pack in scoring (2.82 goals per game) and on special teams (18.6 percent PP, 78.6 percent PK) and surprisingly next-to-last in shots per game (28.5). Predators' goalie, Pekka Rinne, made some good stops later in the period, and Grubauer made saves on all six shots he faced in relief, but neither team was able to add any more goals and the game ended 6-3 Predators. Through 19 games, they have been out-shot all but six times.

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