|Captain Alex Ovechkin has 4 goals in his last 2 games.|
Calgary coach Brent Sutter is expected to rely on top goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff this evening despite the fact that he was lit up for four goals in his last outing against the Predators. On the year, Kipper has a 17-13-2 record, 2.45 GAA, .916 save percentage, and two shutouts. He allowed seven goals the last time these two teams met, in Calgary last season on Halloween night. The Flames will also be without some of their top players tonight because of injury. Defensemen Mark Giordano (hamstring) and Derek Smith (high ankle sprain) are out, as is winger Alex Tanguay (upper body).
Dale Hunter will call on Tomas Vokoun in goal for the fourth consecutive game tonight. Vokoun is 15-8-0 on the year with a 2.57 GAA, .914 save percentage, and one shutout, and has played very well against the Flames in his career as well. On the injury front, defenseman Mike Green is scheduled to return to the lineup this evening after a 23 game absence because of a groin injury. In order to help ease Green back into the lineup, the Caps will go with seven defensemen, meaning that Alexander Semin, who is nursing an injury on his right arm, will not play. Mathieu Perreault and Jeff Schultz will be the healthy scratches.
Puck drops 7:11-ish because of two national anthems. Check back later.