NHL Preview – Game 20: Washington Capitals vs. Colorado Avalanche


Nov 10, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Jamie McGinn (11) tries to score as Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) and defenseman John Carlson (74) defend during the third period at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche resume action after going four days without playing in a game. Colorado is coming off a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils, concluding their four-game road trip with a 2-2-0 record. Tonight the Avalanche are back on home ice as they take on Alex Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals.

What: NHL Preview – Game 20: Washington Capitals (8-7-3, 19 points) vs. Colorado Avalanche (6-8-5, 17 points)
When: Thursday, November 20th
Where: Pepsi Center (Denver, Colorado)
Time: 9:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM MST
TV: Altitude Sports

Colorado will be without their 2013 Vezina Trophy Award finalist Semyon Varlamov as he is currently day-to-day after re-aggravating a groin injury that sidelined him earlier this season. Varlamov has posted a record of 4-5-4, supporting a 2.95 goals against average and a save percentage of .918. Calvin Pickard was recalled to fill as a back-up to Reto Berra.

The Avalanche are coming off a come-from-behind win Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils, scoring two goals in the final eight minutes to push them past the Devils. Matt Duchene and Erik Johnson were the goal scorers, helping Colorado capture their sixth win of the season. Not to mention, it was Colorado’s first back-to-back wins this season (Rangers, Devils).

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The Capitals notched their eight win of the season this past Tuesday night in overtime, defeating the Arizona Coyotes by the final score of 2-1. At the 3:16 mark in the overtime period, Capitals winger Eric Fehr buried the  game-winner to give the Caps’ two whole points. Jay Beagle scored Washington’s other goal during the halfway point of the first period.

Something you may have missed this past week is that Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. By the looks of it, Wilson’s days in an Avalanche sweater are outnumbered.

Colorado looks to make it three-straight wins as they take on Washington.

Puck-drop between the Washington Capitals and Colorado Avalanche is scheduled for 9:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM MST.