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.