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WASHINGTON — It will be a Stanley Cup Finals rematch when the Vegas Golden Knights visit the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.The Capitals defeated the Knights in five games last spring to win their first-ever Cup and end the expansion Knights’ Cinderella season.It’s too early to call this year a sophomore slump Youth Jake McCabe Jersey , but the Knights have wobbled out of the gate 1-2. Vegas lost 4-2 to the Baffalo Sabres on Monday night in the second stop of a five-game road trip despite outshooting the Sabres 37-17.Article continues below ...“Too many (Grade A chances) obviously,” Knights forward Max Pacioretty told NHL.com. “You know, we limited them to a low number of shots, however, the shots that they did get were Grade A opportunities. We can’t leave our goaltender out to dry like that.”Jonathan Marchessault had a goal and an assist for the Knights.Vegas, which is 0 of 8 on the power play thus far, didn’t pick up its second loss until the 10th game of last season and now faces back-to-backs against the Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.“They’re the Stanley Cup champs,” Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said of the Capitals. “We look at this game (Wednesday) night, it’s a big challenge for our group so we’ll get ready to play them. We know them Jason Pominville Jersey Kids , they know us real well, so hopefully it’ll be a good game and we’d like to come out on top.”Washington (1-0-1) comes into the game well rested, with five days off since dropping a 7-6 overtime decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins after blanking the Boston Bruins 7-0 on opening night.While Gallant somewhat downplayed the rematch in terms of its meaning beyond two points in the standings, new Capitals coach Todd Reirden expects an intense affair.“Obviously, through a five-game series you develop a little bit of hatred for certain guys, so it’s always nice to get back in to that sort of rivalry that we’ve developed with them,” he said. “I think it’ll be good for our team — especially after five days — to help us get right into the game and know it’s going to be a competitive situation with a real hungry team that’s looking to knock us off.”Reirden will have two additions to his lineup Wednesday night.Defenseman Michal Kempny, who missed the first two games with a concussion, is set to return and be paired with John Carlson.“I never had a concussion before Womens Johan Larsson Jersey , so I didn’t know what to expect,” Kempny said. “Some headaches, and it was something a little bit weird, but then I felt a better and better every day.”Forward Dmitrij Jaskin, who was claimed on waivers from the St. Louis Blues just before the season began, will make his Washington debut skating on the fourth line with center Nic Dowd and Devante Smith-Pelly.For the Knights, forward Cody Eakin, who has been out with a lower body injury, could return. He provided 11 goals and 16 assists in 80 games last season.Capitals goalie Braden Holtby pitched a shutout opening night before surrendering seven goals against the Penguins. Holtby allowed eight goals versus the Knights in the final four games of last spring’s finals as Washington rallied from a 1-0 deficit.Marc-Andre Fleury has a 3.93 goals-against average in two-plus games this season. He surrendered four goals per game to Washington in the Cup finals. There have been glimpses of brilliance during an otherwise puzzling five-week stretch for the Minnesota Wild that have seen them winfour of 14 matches.But forgive Minnesota if it feels as though a page was turned Saturday during a 3-1 victory in Winnipeg that snapped a five-game losing streak. The Wild not only got two points out of the trip to Manitoba Authentic Justin Bailey Jersey , but may have found something else: Their identity.“It’s amazing how much a win can kind of lift the weight off a team’s shoulders,” forward Eric Fehr told the team website Sunday after practice. “When you start sliding, it seems like it’s never going to end. It’s a little quieter around the room. It’s just not as much fun around the rink. You start winning, and you can already see, it’s lighter around the room today.”Article continues below ...Minnesota will try to keep the mood a good one Monday when it closes the page on the 2018 part of the schedule against the surging Pittsburgh Penguins at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.Despite their struggles since late November, the Wild (18-16-3) remain only four points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. And with the Central Division’s top three teams — Winnipeg, Nashville and Colorado — having combined for 12 consecutive defeats, there’s still plenty of time for Minnesota to make a run.“You have to raise your level of the game Kyle Okposo Jersey , especially to the teams you’re playing,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. “If we don’t keep the game at the level we have to to succeed, we’ll be in trouble. We can’t afford to win one, lose one. At some point, you’ve got to put a run together.”Minnesota looked like a team capable of putting that run together in winning at one of the league’s tougher barns. It scored first and second, then put the clamps on after a Patrik Laine marker drew the Jets within a goal in the third period.Simply put, it was textbook road hockey, the same type of hockey Pittsburgh (20-12-6) displayed Saturday night in routing St. Louis 6-1 at Enterprise Center. Sidney Crosby scored 48 seconds into the game and the Penguins led 4-0 before the Blues finally countered with a goal.Pittsburgh scored on all four-power play chances and blocked 23 shots in front of Matt Murray, who bagged 30 saves http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-rasmus-ristolainen-jersey , as it upped its winning streak to five games and improved to 8-2-0 in its last 10 contests.What the Penguins have done lately — they’ve come from out of the playoff picture to third in the Metropolitan Division — is what the Wild are aiming to do as the calendar flips to 2019.“It’s part of human nature, we have ups and downs,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “Your ability to respond the right way in those situations is what’s most important. Our guys — they know how to do that, and they did that again tonight.”The Penguins practiced Sunday without defenseman Olli Maatta and forward Bryan Rust. Both are nursing lower-body injuries.
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