Capitals Fall to Predators, 5-2

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The Capitals fell to the Predators, 5-2 Saturday evening at Bridgestone Arena. The loss dropped the Capitals record to 41-12-8 (89 points). The Capitals next travel to New York to face the Rangers on Tuesday. Puck drop is 7:00 p.m. 

Philipp Grubauer got the start in goal for the Capitals. Braden Holtby started the previous night at home versus Edmonton.

Matt Niskanen (lower body), Brooks Orpik (lower body) and TJ Oshie (upper body) did not play in the game. All are listed as day-to-day. Andre Burakovsky missed his sixth consecutive game due to a hand injury. The starting lines versus Nashville:


  • The Caps scored the first goal of the game for the third consecutive game. 21 of last 25 games.
  • Tom Wilson scored his 6th goal of the season. Wilson had 3 goals in first 55 games; He now has 3 goals in his last 6 games, and goals in back-to-back games.
  • The Capitals were playing their second game in 22 hours.
  • Alex Ovechkin had 0 shots in the game. 3 of Ovechkin’s 9 shotless games in his career have come this month.
  • John Carlson had 10 of the Capitals 26 shots for the game.

Tom Wilson would notch the games first goal on the end of a beautiful feed from Jay Beagle at 1:12 of the opening frame.


The period would end with the Capitals leading 1-0. The Capitals led in shots on goal 11-9 for the first period.

The Predators tied the game early in the second period on a goal by Roman Josi at 1:56 of the middle frame.

Filip Forsberg gave the Predators a 2-1 league with a nasty blast from the right dot at 8:54 of the middle frame.


The Predators would make it 3-1 on a goal by Mike Fisher at 11:57 of the second period.


The period would end with the Capitals trailing 3-1. The Preds outshot the Caps 9-5 in the middle frame. Nashville led 18-16 in shots on goal through two periods.

Alex Ovechkin appears to cut the Preds lead to one with a goal early in the third, but the play was reviewed and determined to be offsides.

The Predators would add a power play goal by Roman Josi at 12:07 of the final frame.

Evgeny Kuznetsov would cut the lead in half with a blast from the point at 17:03 to make it 4-2.

The Predators would put the game away with an empty net goal by Viktor Arvidsson at 19:08 of the final frame. The final was 5-2.


By Jon Sorensen


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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