Game 19: Reeling Caps host Coyotes + Kuznetsov

The Caps have lost four straight (0-3-1), six of its last seven (1-5-1) and seven of its last 11 (3-7-1) heading into tonight's matchup with the Phoenix Coyotes. 


That 7-0 start to the season seems like ages ago for the struggling Caps, who have scored just three goals in their past three games. The once-high powered Caps haven't scored more than three goals in a game yet this month. 

Yikes again. 

It's been an ugly November for the boys from D.C., even including a superstar/coach spat earlier between Alex Ovechkin and Bruce Boudreau. 

The Caps hit rock bottom with Saturday's 7-1 loss at Toronto, a game in which both goaltenders saw action behind a listless team. 

But as bad as it's been, the Caps still find themselves just two points behind Southeast leading Florida heading into tonight's action. 

Things won't get easier as the Phoenix Coyotes pay Verizon Center a visit. The 'Yotes find themselves near the top of a crowded Western Conference with 23 points. The Coyotes defense certainly won't do the punch less Capitals much help, as they allow just under 2.4 goals per game. 

Washington desperately needs to find offense, and hasn't been getting any from star Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin, or anyone else. The Russian duo has a combined for just two goals and a -7 plus/minus rating in the last five games. 

Jason LaBarbera will man the pipes for the visiting Coyotes, who give Mike Smith the night off. Smith is 0-6 in his career against the Caps. The veteran is 1-2-0 in three games this season with a 3.02 GAA and .900 SV %. 

Tomas Vokoun will get the nod for the Caps after he was let out to dry Saturday night in Toronto. He's 8-4-0 with a 2.61 GGA and a .915 SV % on the season. 

The Caps’ power play is without a goal in each of its last five games (0-for-17) and has dropped to 16th in the league on the season with a 17.3% success rate.

Phoenix comes in hot, having gone 8-2-2 in their last 11 games overall, propelling them to the top of the Western Conference standings. 

Game is at 7 pm. Tune in if you're immune to Crosby coverage on NBC/Versus. 


To clear up a dreary post, here are some Evgeny Kuznetsov highlights: