Caps vs. Lightning: Can Washington complete the season sweep?

J.J. Regan

The Capitals (25-6-5) are coming off a dominant win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday, but now face a quick turnaround as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning (17-12-4). Tune in to NBC Sports Washington Plus for coverage starting with Caps FaceOff Live at 6 p.m. and Caps Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. leading into the 7 p.m. puck drop. Stick with NBC Sports Washington Plus after the game for Caps Postgame Live and Caps Overtime Live for postgame coverage.

Here's what you need to know for Saturday's game.

About last night

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In their 900th game together, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom lit up the New Jersey Devils. Backstrom set up Ovechkin for Washington's first goal of the game and then it was the Backstrom show. Backstrom scored two goals and two assists to lead the Caps to the 6-3 win. His fourth point was the 900th point of his career as he became just the second player in franchise history to reach that mark.

Since returning from injury, Backstrom now has nine points in five games.

Holtby gets the start

With two games in two nights, Todd Reirden said coming into the weekend that his netminders would split starts and Braden Holtby would get the game on Saturday.

As for any other lineup changes, we won't know if there are any until shortly before game time when Reirden addresses the media. The short turnaround means there will be no morning skate on Saturday which is where we typically learn what the lines will be. After a solid win, however, it seems likely the lines will be the same against the Lightning.

The Caps are 2-0-0 against Tampa Bay this season

Washington and Tampa Bay have met twice this season and the Caps have taken both meetings. On Fri. Nov. 29, the Caps battled back from a 3-1 deficit to force overtime where Dmitry Orlov scored the game-winning goal. The second game was Sat. Dec. 14. That was the Ilya Samsonov show. He got the start and turned in his best performance in the NHL as Washington walked away with the 5-2 win.

These are two teams that know how to score

Washington boasts the top offense in the league with 3.56 goals per game. Tampa Bay ranks third with 3.52. On the power play, the Lightning have the edge with the top unit in the league, scoring on 29.9-percent of their opportunities. The Caps rank sixth at 22.4-percent.


Caps vs. Lightning: Can Washington complete the season sweep? originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

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