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With 32 games remaining, the Flyers are three points out of third place in the competitive Metropolitan Division and one point out of an Eastern Conference wild-card spot. Following Thursday’s practice, head coach Alain Vigneault exuded confidence about his team’s push for the playoffs.
After all, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be confident. This is Vigneault’s fourth NHL head coaching gig. His overall record in Year 1 at his four stops is 158-106-32 with a .588 points percentage. With the Canadiens, Canucks and Rangers, each of Vigneault’s first seasons resulted in playoff bids and at least one series win.
He has plans to make it 4 for 4 with the Flyers. “I expected to be in and I’ve said all along, and I’m still saying it today, that we’re going to get into the playoffs,” Vigneault said. “I believe that we’ve got the talent, we’ve got the veteran group, we’ve got good young players. We’re going to get in.
“We’re exactly where I’d thought we would be. If you try to break down the season, number of points, what you’ve got to get per 10-game segments, we’re right on track. It might take a few more points than I originally thought, and that’s how competitive the Eastern Conference is, but it’s great for everybody. “As a player, as a coach, that’s why you’re in this business — this competitiveness and that’s what we’ve got.” • The Flyers should expect the Penguins to come out with purpose. Pittsburgh was not happy with its final game before the extended break, a 3-0 loss to the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.
It was a lack of executing, lack of attention to detail, no sense of urgency, no cooperative play,” Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said after the Jan. 21 defeat. “Can’t play that way in this league and expect to win. We were easy to play against, that’s what I think. We didn’t chip bodies, finish checks. We didn’t make great decisions with the puck. We didn’t execute when we had it. There’s nothing positive that I can draw on from this game.”
Pittsburgh hasn’t lost consecutive games since Nov. 29-30, a stretch in which it has gone 17-5-1. Sean Couturier has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his last six regular-season games against the Penguins.
Over his last 40 games this season, Couturier has put up 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) and a plus-22 mark.With the bye week and the NHL all-star break now over, it is back to business for the Capitals (33-11-5) who return to take on the Montreal Canadiens (22-21-7) on the road in Montreal. Tune in to NBC Sports Washington for all of the action. Pregame coverage begins at 6 p.m. with Caps FaceOff followed by Caps Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. which will take you up to the 7 p.m. puck drop. Stick with NBC Sports Washington after the game for postgame coverage with Caps Postgame Live, D.C. Sports Live and Caps Overtime Live.
Here is what you need to know for Monday’s game. In case you forgot
The Caps have not played since Jan. 18 so in case you need a refresher, Washington entered the bye week on a three-game winning streak. The final game before the break was an incredible come-from-behind win over the New York Islanders in which Washington erased a 4-1 deficit in the third period to win 6-4 in regulation. The team now returns from the bye still with the top record in the NHL with 71 points.
Washington currently boasts a one-point lead (with two games in hand) over the Boston Bruins for first in the conference and a four-point lead (with one game in hand) over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
No Ovechkin For the first time this season, the Caps will be without Alex Ovechkin who is serving a one-game suspension for his decision not to attend the All-Star Game. That is about the only thing that can slow him down at this point as he scored eight goals in three games heading into the bye week. Here is what the lines looked like without Ovechkin at the morning skate, per Samantha Pell: