The Washington Capitals look to extend their winning streak to five games with the Montreal Canadiens in town on Wednesday, and a win would match the number of regular-season victories the Capitals posted all of last season (45). Washington claimed its first two meetings against Montreal this season.
The Capitals will have center Marcus Johansson back in the lineup after he missed Monday’s game with an illness. Though the team didn’t have a morning skate on Wednesday, Coach Barry Trotz said he skated Johansson in the morning “and he felt pretty good.”
But while Johansson is back, he took rushes with the fourth line before the game, with Mike Richards remaining the third line center following that trio’s excellent performance against the Coyotes on Monday in which the veteran scored the game-winner. The change could be to ease Johansson into the lineup after his illness, or it could be because Richards played so well on the third line against Arizona.
Goaltender Braden Holtby gets the start for the Capitals, and he’s historically had success against Montreal, with an 8-0-2 career record against the Canadiens. This season, he’s 38-6-3 with a 2.17 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. Montreal will start Mike Condon, who is 14-17-5 with a 2.53 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.
If you want to read about Washington’s first move before Monday’s trade deadline, then click here. The lineup is below, and the discussion thread is now open.
Alex Ovechkin-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Justin Williams
Andre Burakovsky-Nicklas Backstrom-T.J. Oshie
Jason Chimera-Mike Richards-Tom Wilson
Brooks Laich-Marcus Johansson-Stanislav Galiev
Nate Schmidt-John Carlson
Karl Alzner-Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik-Dmitry Orlov
Braden Holtby (starter)
Jay Beagle (hand)