Washington Capitals (5-6)
Vancouver Canucks (8-4-1)
After an impressive seven-game road trip (5-1-1), the Vancouver Canucks are back in Vancouver and will take on the Washington Capitals.
As the Capitals look to start a new winning streak after their three-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday night with a 5-2 loss against the Calgary Flames, the Canucks look to continue their own three-game winning streak tonight.
We welcome the Canucks back home, but also, we (expect to) welcome back Alexandre Burrows, who has been out since injuring his foot while blocking a shot on October 3rd during the Canucks season opener against the San Jose Sharks. With Burrows ready to play, he should add some extra energy to a tired team that has just spent the last 7 games and 11 nights on the road.
After leading the Canucks to a win against the St. Louis Blues with 2 goals, including the game-winner in overtime, Ryan Kesler now has 7 goals this season. He has scored in three straight games and has 7 points (4 goals and 3 assists) over the past four games. Meanwhile, Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals has 4 goals and 2 assists in the past four games.
The Canucks are expected to be playing without Jordan Schroeder (foot), Jannik Hansen (upper body) and Dale Weise (lower body).
The Capitals will be playing without defenseman Jack Hillen (lower body – leg) who is on long-term injured reserve.