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4 reasons why the Caps lost to the Sabres

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4 reasons why the Caps lost to the Sabres

The Caps saw their three-game win streak snapped Tuesday at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres. Here's why they lost.

Jack Eichel

He may be known more for being the guy drafted after Connor McDavid, but Eichel is a great player in his own right and that was on display against Washington. Buffalo’s first goal of the game was completely setup by the work of Eichel. On an offensive zone faceoff, Eichel knocked the puck through the legs of Lars Eller, jumped after it to pressure Brooks Orpik and force the turnover and then made the pass to the open Evander Kane on the doorstep for the goal.

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Not enough shots

Washington managed only four shots on goal in the first period and did not reach double digits until 13:10 had elapsed in the second period. In the end, they were only outshot 32-25 which doesn’t look too bad, but a lot of those shots came in a third-period flurry as they tried to claw their way back into the game.

Benoit Pouliot

Pouliot has 122 career goals and four of them have come against Philipp Grubauer in just five games. It was no surprise then to see Pouliot record the game-winner in the third period given his history with the Caps’ netminder. John Carlson stepped into the offensive zone to join the attack, but Pouliot took the puck in the other direction, skating the length of the ice, away from a Jakub Vrana poke attempt and netted the shot right through the legs of Brooks Orpik.

Back-to-back games

With Tuesday’s loss, Washington is now 0-4-0 on the back end of back-to-back games. With nine more back-to-backs remaining the Caps need to figure out how to get some wins in those situations.

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Calgary comes to Washington in style with 1950s theme

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Calgary comes to Washington in style with 1950s theme

The Calgary Flames left for Washington D.C. on Saturday night and they decided to go in style.

After a game in Philadelphia, the Flames were slated to take a train to Washington for their game against the Caps on Monday so they decided to have a little fun with it with a 1950s style theme.

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The irony to this is that Jaromir Jagr is a member of the Flames and he currently doing everything he can to avoid turning 50. Now the rest of the team is embracing the 50s. Go figure.

HOW TO WATCH CAPS-FLAMES

Washington will host their stylish foes on Monday at Capital One Arena at 7 p.m.

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Game 22: Capitals vs. Flames Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 22: Capitals vs. Flames Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Calgary Flames

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Flames will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Flames game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

 You can also stream the game online with no cable TV subscription on fuboTV (try for free!).

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-FLAMES GAME?

The Capitals (11-9-1) take on the Flames (11-8-0) Monday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Washington.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-FLAMES GAME ON?

The Capitals-Flames game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Capitals GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington Plus following the game for Caps Extra and Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Flames
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-FLAMES GAME?

The Capitals-Flames game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

The game is also available to stream, along with all the pregame and postgame shows, on fuboTV (try for free).

CAPITALS-FLAMES PROJECTED LINES

Here are the Caps' projected lines for the Caps-Flames game:

Offensive lines
Chandler Stephenson - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Devante Smith-Pelly
Jakub Vrana - Lars Eller - Tom Wilson
Brett Connolly - Jay Beagle - Alex Chiasson

Defensive pairs
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - John Carlson
Taylor Chorney - Madison Bowey

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup.

Scratches
Nathan Walker, Aaron Ness, Christian Djoos (upper-body injury), Tyler Graovac (conditioning in Hershey), Andre Burakovsky (LTIR)

CAPITALS-FLAMES OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

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