Blues coming off a big loss to face the Capitals

1-7   Blues  (26-16-2)   at   Capitals  (25-13-3)

TV:  3pm  NBC Sports Washington

Last game for St. Louis:  6-3 loss at Philadelphia

  • Paul Statsny-goal, assist
  • Ivan Barbashev-goal, assist
  • Vladimir Tarasenko-2 assists

The Blues went into Philadelphia with a 3 game winning streak. Carter Hutton will be between the pipes today for the Blues.

Last game for Washington:  5-4 overtime win at Carolina

  • Alex Ovechkin-2 goals
  • Dmitry Orlov, Devante Smith-Pelly and Alex Chiasson-goal each
  • Nicklas Backstrom-2 assists

After a somewhat sluggish start to the season the Capitals have had an outstanding month of December. Going 10-4 has propelled them to the top of the Metropolitan division. Ovechkin’s 26 goals make up almost 21% of the team’s 125 total goals. They have the fourth best goal differential in the eastern conference (+11), have scored the 11th most goals in the NHL (128) and are 16-5-0 at home. The most likely starting goalie for the Caps will be Braden Holtby with the team being off numerous days.

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