NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Washington Capitals host the St. Louis Blues at the Verizon Center at 1:00 p.m. ET today. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.
The Washington Capitals saw Braden Holtby fall just short in a goalie duel against Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, and now they must take on the red-hot St. Louis Blues today.
Any way you slice it, the 31-13-4 St. Louis Blues are on a roll right now.
Regarding the team itself, the Blues have generated a point in 10 straight games (9-0-1), including wins in each of two contests since returning from the All-Star break. They’ve been getting great work in net from Brian Elliott while captain David Backes has generated a ridiculous 16 points during a nine-game tear.
The Blues beat the Capitals 4-1 in the two squads’ other meeting earlier this season.
While St. Louis is scorching, the Capitals are struggling a bit, at least after a hot run of their own. They’re now 1-3-2 in their last six contests.
One obvious advantage Washington has is home ice today. They’re 13-5-5 at the Verizon Center, although the Blues haven’t been pushovers away from their own friendly confines, as they have a 12-9-2 road record so far in 2014-15.
It all shapes up to be a serious challenge for the Capitals, yet there are times when overcoming such obstacles can shape breakthroughs.
Ryan Miller will take on Buffalo for the first time since last season’s trade to St. Louis when his new team, the Vancouver Canucks, host the Sabres tonight at Rogers Arena.
Miller spent the first 11 seasons of his NHL career with Buffalo, going 284-186-57 with a 2.60 goals-against average and 28 shutouts. He also captured the Vezina award in ’10, becoming the first Sabres netminder to do it since Dominik Hasek.
Now a Canuck, Miller has done well throughout the first half of the year. He’s gone 23-11-1 with a 2.33 GAA and .917 save percentage, and sits second in the league with five shutouts.
No word yet on who’ll start for Buffalo this evening.
Pens at Devils: Cory Schneider for New Jersey, Marc-Andre Fleury likely for Pittsburgh.
Blues at ‘Canes: Jake Allen vs. Anton Khudobin
Preds at Avs: Semyon Varlamov for Colorado, no word yet on a Nashville starter.
‘Hawks at Ducks: Corey Crawford for Chicago, Frederik Andersen likely for Anaheim.