Originally posted on Red Light District Hockey  |  Last updated 11/15/11

The Morning After:
Yesterday’s results:
Flyers 5, Hurricanes 3
Sabres 3, Canadiens 2 (SO)
Jets 5, Lightning 2
Predictions record: 2-1

RLD 3 stars of the night:
1. Claude Giroux, PHI (2 goals, 1 assist)
2. Derek Roy, BUF (1 goal, 1 assist)
3. Dustin Byfuglien, WPG (1 goal, 1 assist)

Tonight’s slate:
Devils @ Bruins, 7:00 ET
Coyotes @ Maple Leafs, 7:00
Rangers @ Islanders, 7:00
Wild @ Blue Jackets, 7:30
Avalanche @ Penguins, 7:30
Red Wings @ Blues, 8:00
Capitals @ Predators, 8:00
Panthers @ Stars, 8:30
Senators @ Flames, 9:00

Game of the night:
Washington Capitals @ Nashville Predators
8:00 ET… TV: Local Networks

Overall: Capitals (10-4-1) … Predators (8-5-3)
Home/Away: Capitals (5-4-1) … Predators (2-2-2)
Last 10: Capitals (5-4-1) … Predators (6-2-2)
Season Series (10/11): 1-0 Capitals

Players to watch:
WSH- Alexander Semin
Semin only has two points in the last four games; the Caps need more from him.
NSH- Craig Smith
The rookie co-leads the team in points and is a constant offensive threat when on the ice.

Starting goaltenders:
WSH- Tomas Vokoun (2011-12 stats: 8-2-0, 2.39 GAA)
NSH- Pekka Rinne (2011-12 stats: 8-4-3, 2.28 GAA)

Injury report:
WSH- Roman Hamrlik and John Erskine (upper body, probable), Mike Green (groin, out), Jay Beagle (head, out), Tom Poti (groin, out)
NSH- David Legwand and Teemu Laakso (upper body, out)

Game thoughts:
The Capitals and Predators face-off tonight in the first of their two meetings this season. Alex Ovechkin and the Caps have been inconsistent since their blazing 7-0 start, while Pekka Rinne and the Preds have played much better hockey after a dismal first eight games. The Caps have won five straight in against Nashville, but four of those five wins came in overtime or a shootout. I think the Preds return the favor tonight and finally solve the Caps.
Prediction: Predators 4, Capitals 3 (SO)

The rest of today’s predictions:
Bruins over Devils
Coyotes over Maple Leafs
Rangers over Islanders
Wild over Blue Jackets
Penguins over Avalanche
Red Wings over Blues
Stars over Panthers
Flames over Senators

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