The Lightning swept the Capitals out of last season's playoffs. Will their dominance continue Monday night in Washington?
Monday's meeting is the first between the two clubs since the Lightning swept the Capitals in the 2011 Eastern Conference Semifinals, so Washington has plenty to play for: "We owe them a good game," Capitals defenseman Mike Green said Sunday.
Defense is a concern for Tampa Bay, says John Fontana of Raw Charge: "the bombardment of Lightning goalies can’t remain a constant as the regular season progresses, can it?" The Lightning have allowed a whopping 75 shots on goal through two games.
Most recently, the Lightning fell to the Boston Bruins, 4-1, in a rematch of the Stanley Cup Finals, dropping their record to 1-1. The Capitals opened their season with a 4-3 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Capitals, Lightning, and Florida Panthers share first place in the Southeast Division with two points apiece.
The puck drops at 7:00 PM. Versus will broadcast the game nationally in the United States, while TSN2 will carry the game in Canada.