NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Defenseman Mike Green scored had a goal and an assist to lead the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 exhibition victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
Green opened the scoring on a power play at 3:21 of the first period.
Matt Halischuk tied it for Nashville (1-2) in the second, and Jay Beagle scored in the third for Washington (2-0). The Capitals played without star Alex Ovechkin.
|Tonight's game was more about individual player impressions than about team results (Monday night might be the last game the coaches will evaluate that way -- the final two preseason games will be very much focused on setting the lineup for Season Opener and getting the NHL squad ready for the regular season)
Individually, Matt Halishcuk had another strong game. That’s two nights in a row he’s played well. Last night he was in more of a checking/energy role skating with Jerred Smithson and Jordin Tootoo, while tonight he was in more of an offensive role playing most of the game on the wing with Colin Wilson and Steve Sullivan. The Wilson-Sullivan-Halischuk line was pretty good for most of the game; Wilson was strong on the puck and Sullivan & Halischuk used their speed to create chances off the wing.
Similarly, defenseman Aaron Johnson was steady. His play in both games of the back-to-back assignment (last night and tonight) likely moved him into the heart of the discussion for the final d-man roster spots.
Shea Weber had a solid preseason debut -- +1 plus/minus rating in a game-high 24:59 of ice time. The type of performance you would expect from Weber, but good to see none-the-less.
Matthew Lombardi had an up-and-down game. He read plays well and used his speed to get offensive chances, but looked a little rusty on the finishing end. He had several quality chances in the first five minutes of the game and probably finished the night with over a half-dozen dangerous scoring opportunities. Good to see him create that many chances; for a first game that’s important – later in the preseason slate would like to see him start to bury some of those. Lombardi was very good in the defensive zone, also, peeling back deep to help out his defensemen on several occasions.
--Jay Levin, NashvillePredators.com