The Washington Capitals saw their six-game winning streak end in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres last night, but they immediately have a chance to start a new one. They will host the Atlanta Thrashers at the Verizon Center today at 5 p.m.
The Capitals have traditionally dominated the Thrashers, but Atlanta has played much better against Washington this season. They defeated the Capitals 4-2 on opening night, and challenged them before losing 4-3 in overtime at the Verizon Center on October 23. Atlanta brought in several players from the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks this summer, and it's helped make them more competitive.
Michal Neuvirth will get the start in goal for Washington after Braden Holtby started last night. The Capitals will also be without defensemen Tom Poti, who will miss his second straight game due to injury.