|Washington Capitals @ Florida Panthers|
|Score: 4-2 loss|
|Thursday, October 20th, 2016 – 7:30PM EST|
|BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL|
FLA: Luongo (2-0-0, 0.957, 0.98)
WSH: Holtby (1-0-1, 0.942, 1.45)
Between The Lines
The Panthers are back in town after losing a tough one in overtime on Tuesday to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Vincent Trocheck tied things at 2 in the 3rd period before Mike Matheson’s first career NHL goal gave the Panthers are 3-2 lead. Trocheck’s attempt to pass the puck cross ice with an empty net and under a minute to go was blocked at the offensive zone blue line, and Tampa went there other way, allowing Steven Stamkos to score the tying goal from an absurd goal-line angle with 5 seconds left in regulation.
In the shootout, the Panthers appeared to be down and out when Trocheck lost control of the puck before shooting it into a wide open net, but the referees reviewed and approved the goal, allowing them to stay alive. However, rookie Brayden Point scored a couple of attempts later and the Panthers were unable to convert again.
The Capitals arrive in South Florida having won their last game 3-0 over the Avalanche on Tuesday thanks to Alex Ovechkin’s first goal of the season which came on the power play. TJ Oshie scored twice while Phillipe Grubauer was forced to make just 18 saves to earn a shutout in his first start of the season. Brayden Holtby is expected to get the start for the Capitals while Roberto Luongo should be back in net for the Panthers after James Reimer made his team debut against the Lightning on Tuesday.
Florida when 2-0-1 against the Capitals last season with the 2 wins being wide margins of victory (5-2, 4-1). The lone loss came in overtime on a goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov on Halloween.
|81 Marchessault||16 Barkov||68 Jagr|
|36 Jokinen||21 Trocheck||18 Smith|
|90 McCann||62 Malgin||7 Sceviour|
|41 McKegg||17 MacKenzie||38 Harper|
|3 Yandle||5 Ekblad|
|19 Matheson||55 Demers|
|13 Pysyk||6 Petrovic|
|1 Luongo||34 Reimer|
|Bjugstad (broken hand), Huberdeau (left ankle)|