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Game 50: Fresh off a Feel Good All-Star Weekend, Atlantic Division leading Cats get back to work against 74-point Caps

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Florida Panthers (29-15-5 63P) at Washington Capitals (35-8-4 74P)

  • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 7ish
  • WHERE: Verizon Center - Washington, DC

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  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 3 of 3 (1-0-1)
  • ALL-TIME vs WSH: 46W-51L-9T 6OTL 4SOL 294GF 344GA
  • ALL-TIME at WSH: 19W-29L-5T 2OTL 2SOL 134GF 183GA
  • LAST FIVE vs WSH: 2-1-2 11GF 11GA

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  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Montoya (7-2-1 .929/1.92 0SO), Grubauer (5-3-1 .925/2.12 0SO)
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs WSH (regular season): 79GP 31G-60A 91P 6GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: FloridaWashington

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Notable:

Washington F Alexander Ovechkin (42P; suspended one game due to missing the All-Star tourney) and G Braden Holtby (30 wins) will not play.

NHL.com Preview:

Ovechkin practiced Monday. "You have to think about the big picture," coach Barry Trotz told the Washington Post. "The big picture for my ownership, my general manager, my room, the players in our room, our team and our fans is that we have to make the right decision."  (More)

Yahoo.com Preview:

"They're a great young team. People in Florida should be excited about their hockey team," Trotz said. (More)

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Last game for the Cats: 5-1 home victory over Toronto last Tuesday. Past five: 3-2-0 17GF 10GA (streak: 3W)

Last game for the Caps: 4-3 (OT) loss to visiting Philadelphia on Wednesday. Past five: 3-1-1 19GF 14GA (streak: 1L)

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Tuesday in the Atlantic Division (Standings / Panthers Playoff Chances):

  • TORONTO (17-22-9 43P) at BOSTON (26-18-5 57P), 7:00
  • MONTREAL (24-22-4 52P) at Philadelphia (21-18-8 50P), 7:00
  • OTTAWA (23-21-6 52P) at Pittsburgh (24-17-7 55P), 7:00
  • Idle: TBL (58P), DET (58P)

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