Holtby will start at goalie. Game is at Capital One Arena. First Puck drops at 7:30 PM. Please follow and like us: Starting Lines: De Haan-Van Riemsdyk Siegenthaler-Carlson Ovechkin-Backstrom-Wilson Slavin-Hamilton Pesce-Faulk Photo Credit: Washington Capitals Orlov-Niskanen Here we go again! The Washington Capitals once again find themselves in a decisive Game 7 scenario. The Carolina Hurricanes battled back in Game 6, but the Capitals are in clincher mode right now. A victory at home would seal the series. The Caps lead the playoffs at home in shooting percentage and power play. This could be enough to knock out the Canes once and for all. Foegele-Wallmark-Maenalanen Vrana-Kuznetsov-Hagelin Orpik-Jensen Burakovsky-Eller-Connolly For Washington: Mrazek is starting at goalie. Fortunately for the Caps, the home team has won every game this series. The Capitals have now played 128 playoff games since Ovechkin first made the playoffs in 2008, tied with the Blackhawks for second most in this time span. The team knows Game 7 well, and are prepared to continue the fight as they return to familiar territory. Only time will tell how this team can come through and play on in the next round. Bishop-McKegg-Brown McGinn-Staal-Williams For Carolina: The first-round against the Canes has been a slugfest from start to finish. While the Caps took the first two at home, Carolina has been unforgiving on their home ice. With many injuries and a questionable call against Ovechkin’s late goal in Game 6, momentum has shifted from the Capitals. Still, they fight on and are ready to go the distance. It would not be so easy to eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champions after all. Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby have been playing their best hockey in ages. However, most of their secondary has not been scoring. Evegeny Kuznetsov in particular needs to step up his game. Perhaps tonight’s home stand would offer a chance for him to shine. Stephenson-Dowd-Smith-Pelly Niederreiter-Aho-Teravainen
1 Klopp believes his side can be ‘successful’ this season Jurgen Klopp believes his Liverpool side can be ‘successful’ if they produce the same work ethic they displayed in thrashing Porto 5-0 on Wednesday night.The Reds swept the Portuguese champions aside with consummate ease at the Estadio do Dragao in the first leg of the round-of-16 Champions League tie.Sadio Mane scored a terrific hat-trick with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino also scoring for the visitors.However, it was the defensive work on display which pleased Klopp the most and gives him confidence for the remainder of the season.He said: “We scored the goals and they didn’t score, I think we had much more chances in the first half because we defended well.“My moment of the first half, and I told the boys this in the dressing room, was when Mo [Salah] came from behind and had this counter-pressing situation and win the ball back.“That’s what we needed tonight.“Only if we work like that, we can be successful.”Klopp will take his troops on a warm-weather training camp to Marbella owing to their absence from this weekend’s round of FA Cup fixtures.The face West Ham at home in the Premier League on Saturday week as they continue their pursuit of Champions League football for next season.