Capitals (5-5-0) at Flames (4-4-2)
TIME: 8 p.m.
RADIO: Sportsnet Fan 960
THE MAIN STORYLINE: After starting the season with a 3-0-2 mark but then winning one of five games on their recent road trip, life doesn’t get any easier when the Washington Capitals come to town. The Caps have won four of their last five games.
LINEUP NOTES: Now the Flames will be without RW Lee Stempniak, who’s been their most consistent veteran this season, due to a lower-body injury. He’s joining D Mark Giordano (lower body) on the shelf, which means the the club’s most consistent forwards this season are out of action.
LW Sven Baertschi will return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch last game.
The Flames have summoned D Derek Smith from the minors. He played one AHL game but no NHL clashes this season.
Kari Ramo will start in goal.
The Capitals don’t look like they’ll make any changes to their lineup, and for good reason. They’re rolling and even Mikhail Grabovski has been lighting the lamp of late.
Unfortunately, that means Calgary product Jay Beagle won’t draw back into the lineup.
Braden Holtby, who was hooked in the Flames season opener in Washington, will get the nod in net for the Caps.
BURNING QUESTION: Can the Flames stem the tide and prevent their first three-game losing streak of the season?
PLAYER TO WATCH: Capitals RW Alex Ovechkin. So good he was named a first-team all star as a right winger and second-team all star on the left wing. He has 10 goals in 10 games this season and will shoot from the parking lot if need be.
FAST FACT: In seven career games against the Flames, Capitals star Alex Ovechkin has amassed eight goals and 15 points.
“It’s a big opportunity and I take it very serious. I want to make sure I leave everything on the ice so the next time, when we have a full, healthy lineup, it’s not going to be me out. I want to make sure next time we have a full healthy lineup, ‘He’s good to go. We can’t take him out of the lineup.’ ” – Sven Baertschi after missing last game
Projected Flames Lines
Curtis Glencross-Matt Stajan-David Jones
Sven Baertschi-Sean Monahan-Jiri Hudler
Michael Cammalleri-Mikael Backlund-TJ Galiardi
Lance Bouma-Joe Colborne-Brian McGrattan
TJ Brodie-Chris Butler
Kris Russell-Dennis Wideman
Derek Smith-Shane O’Brien
INJURED: D Mark Giodano (lower body), RW Lee Stempniak (lower body)
SCRATCHES: RW Tim Jackman, D Chris Breen