Travis Boyd Comes Out Of Lineup With Alex Ovechkin Back, Braden Holtby Starts Again – Predators at Capitals Pregame Notebook

Despite scoring in the Washington Capitals4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Monday, his first game since December 31, center Travis Boyd will come out of the lineup against the Nashville Predators (7:30 PM ET, NBCSN) with captain Alex Ovechkin returning from a one-game suspension for skipping the NHL All-Star festivities in St. Louis last weekend.

The Capitals’ lineup went back to their combinations from before their bye-week.

Goaltender Braden Holtby will get the net against the Predators after snapping a three-game regulation losing streak where he allowed 11 goals against the Canadiens on Monday, when he made 31 saves including 14 in the third period.

Ilya Samsonov will start against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday.

It was reported a few months ago that the Capitals and St. Louis Blues were looking to play a Global Series in Russia next season but Sportsnet’s Elliotte Freidman reported that it won’t happen until 2021-22. Captain Alex Ovechkin’s contract expires after next season.

Predators

The Predators, who visit the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night, did not hold a morning skate on Wednesday.

Goaltender Juuse Saros will start for the Predators against the Capitals.

Center Colton Sissons (ankle), who is on injured reserve and has missed the Predators’ past 10 games, won’t return against the Capitals but head coach John Hynes said he could return tomorrow against the Devils or Saturday against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Capitals’ Lines vs. Predators

ESSENTIAL LINKS

If you haven’t seen Nicklas Backstrom’s “Beyond Hockey”, which was released yesterday, give it a watch, it’s well worth it.

SHAVINGS

  • Jakub Vrana, who has three points (1g, 2a) in five career games against Nashville, has eight goals in his last nine games and is currently on a nine-game point streak dating back to Jan. 3 (8g, 3a).
  • Vrana is tied with Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson for the longest point streak by a Capital this season (both from Oct. 8 through Oct. 24).
  • At his current pace (0.46 goals per game), Vrana is on pace to score 37 goals this season, which would be the most by a Capitals player other than Ovechkin since T.J. Oshie scored 33 goals in the 2016-17 season.
  • This season, 22 of Vrana’s 23 goals have come at even strength, which is tied for third in the NHL, only trailing Auston Matthews (26) and Ovechkin (23). Excluding Vrana, all other NHL players who have at least 20 even strength goals this season were nominated for the All-Star Game (Matthews, Ovechkin, David Pastrnak, MacKinnon, Jack Eichel, Artemi Panarin).

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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4 Responses to Travis Boyd Comes Out Of Lineup With Alex Ovechkin Back, Braden Holtby Starts Again – Predators at Capitals Pregame Notebook

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    “Goaltender Braden Holtby will get the net against the Predators after snapping a three-game regulation losing streak where he allowed 11 goals”

    Everybody good with that?

  2. T says:

    A”his current pace (0.46 goals per game), Vrana is on pace to score 37 goals this season, which would be the most by a Capitals player other than Ovechkin since T.J. Oshie scored 33 goals in the 2016-17 season.”

    Last I checked, 37 us more than 33. Who was the last player other than Ovechkin to score at least 37?

  3. Anonymous says:

    TB should ask for a trade

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