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"These are fun games to play in," Capitals defenseman John Carlson, who had a goal with an assist, told the team's official website. "This is a big-time hockey game, and it's fun to play in those. I look forward to more." Carlson gets another Wednesday. Then back at Tampa Bay on March 30, and perhaps in the playoffs, again. For the moment, it's Washington that has more riding on this matchup. The Capitals, who own a two-point lead over the second-place New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division, return home after winning 4-1 at New Jersey on Tuesday to complete a 2-2-0 trip. Brett Connolly scored his 20th and added an assist for Washington, which now attempts to extend a 7-0-1 home stretch. Two shy of an eighth 50-goal season, Alex Ovechkin had two goals and three assists on the trip, but looks to avoid going without a point in three straight home contests for the first time in 2018-19. Ovechkin scored twice at Tampa Bay for the Capitals, who understand the challenge that awaits again.
"It's the team you want to beat, that's for sure," said Washington's Nicklas Backstrom, who recorded his 50th assist Tuesday. "It should be a good test, and we expect to play better than the last time." Tampa Bay clinched the first Presidents' Trophy in franchise history and home-ice throughout the playoffs with Monday's 4-1 win over Arizona. The 56-win Lightning, 19-2-2 since Feb. 1, have nine games left and a shot at the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings' record of 62 victories. However, Tampa Bay players aren't patting themselves on the back just yet. "At the end of the day, a great regular season will be remembered somewhat, but we want to be remembered for what happens in the playoffs," defenseman Ryan McDonagh told the Lightning's official website. "We've set ourselves up for a great opportunity here."
Steven Stamkos became Tampa Bay's(cheap championship rings) all-time goal leader with his 384th on Monday, but has gone without a point in his last three regular-season games versus Washington. Teammate Alex Killorn had a hat trick against the Capitals on Saturday, the only goals over his last 12 contests. Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves against Washington and has a 1.98 goals-against average during a 14-1-0 span. Braden Holtby stopped 29 for the Capitals in that contest. Holtby owns a 2.24 goals-against average while going 3-0-1 in his last four at home. Connolly has three goals and three assists in the last three games.
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Now they have to face one of the surprise teams in the West. The Lakers and Nuggets have split their two games this season, each winning at home, and both enter Wednesday's matchup in a downswing. Denver has lost three straight and is coming off a 104-103 loss at San Antonio on Monday that came down to the last possession. The Nuggets have lost three straight for the third time this season, but they have always bounced back. After dropping four in a row and six of seven in November, they ripped off an 11-2 run. An early February losing streak was followed by five wins in a row.
Denver has weathered adversity before, and head coach Michael Malone is confident that can happen again. "This is good for us," Malone said after Monday's loss. "As much as we hate to go through it - losing three in a row, this kind of failure - if we're willing to learn from it, can be a positive. Let's see what kind of fight we have, let's see what kind of resolve we have."
One of the Nuggets' issues is shaping a healthy roster. Since guards Gary Harris, Isaiah Thomas and forward Paul Millsap have returned, Denver has struggled to find some rhythm. The Lakers' struggles began when James missed 18 games earlier this season, going 6-12. They have struggled to find consistency since, going 3-8 since he returned to the lineup full-time. But James isn't the only one to miss time. Rajon Rondo, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram, to name a few, have also been knocked out by injuries.
Ball hasn't played since Jan. 19, and Ingram was out Monday after experiencing pain in his right shoulder following the morning shootaround. Then in the fourth quarter, Kuzma left the game after rolling his right ankle. Kuzma won't play Wednesday, while Ingram is questionable. "Haven't been part of a season with this (many) injuries to all of our key guys," James said after the game. "To big, big key guys." The Nuggets won't feel sorry for them. They played long stretches of the season without their opening-night starting five. Saturday's loss to New Orleans was just the third time that lineup started a game this season. Both teams want to turn things around when they play at Staples Center on Wednesday. For Denver, it means strengthening its hold on the No. 2 spot in the West ahead of a showdown at Golden State on Friday night.
For the Lakers(cheap championship rings), it means just staying alive for a chance to make the playoffs.
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However, regardless of suspensions, injuries and a spoiled player-coach reunion, Houston is currently in the same waters as its blue-bleeding rival. While Dallas beat the Boston Celtics with relative ease last Saturday night, Houston sunk two in a row to the Detroit Pistons and even more embarrassingly, the Cleveland Cavaliers.Despite the Rockets’ woes, the Dallas Mavericks (custom Dallas Mavericks championship rings) are in no shape to throw proverbial stones while floating around a similar record. At the end of the day, Chris Paul and James Harden are formidable opponents. In addition to the All-NBA studded backcourt, the Rockets own the Mavericks in the win-loss column with a dominant eight-game win streak.
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The Dallas Mavericks are looking to continue their hot form tonight in Houston. They have been on a tear since Nov. 6. In the nine games since that date, Dallas has won seven and outscored their opponents by 82 points. Improved defense is leading the way for the Mavericks during their winning streak.The Mavs have struggled all season away from home, though. They have just one road win all season. It will be interesting to see how the Mavericks look tonight after three days off too.The Rockets have lost three straight games coming in, and All-Star point guard Chris Paul is questionable to play versus Dallas. Paul sat out in their loss to the Wizards on Monday evening. Houston is struggling out of the gate but still figures to be near the top of the West by season’s end.Here is how fans can enjoy the Nov. 28 contest between the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets - (championship sports rings).
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