For years the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals battled for the top spot in the Southeast Division of the National Hockey League. But now the two rivals are in different conferences and while tonight’s game will be played at the Verizon Center in a very snowy Washington there will still be bad blood between these two teams.
Washington looks for its 15th win in 16 home meetings with Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. The snow storm that is presently hitting the Nation’s Capital could help Tampa Bay out. Like all of the Caps games for the past five years it is a sell out, tonight because of the bad weather it is likely that one of the loudest building’s in the NHL will be quieter tonight.
The Capitals (16-12-2) have won four of five after a four-game slide that saw them total only seven goals. They scored three times during the second period of Sunday’s 4-1 win at New York afterRangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist entered with an 180-minute scoreless streak against the Capitals.
The Lightning (17-10-2) have lost three of four overall and five straight on the road after starting 6-3-0 away from home.
Tampa Bay’s Backup goal tender Anders Lindback has been good as of late along with back up Ben Bishop they have posted a 1.43 goals-against average over Tampa Bay’s last seven games. However, coach Jon Cooper’s team is 3-2-2 over that stretch.
This could be a battle between stars as Martin St. Louis who has six goals and eight assists over his last nine games versus Washington. Meanwhile, the Caps Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL in scoring and has five goals in his last four home games against the Lightning.
This could be a high scoring affair as the two teams have combined for 33 goals as Washington won three of four meetings last season.