|Date of game: 10/25/2014
Washington Capitals (3-1-2) at Calgary Flames (5-3-1), 10 p.m. (ET)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Capitals will aim to bounce back from their first regulation loss of the season on Saturday night as they visit the Calgary Flames.
The Capitals had won two in a row and put together a 3-0-2 record ahead of a 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. Washington got goals from defenseman Mike Green and John Carlson, while Nicklas Backstrom had an assist to record his 500th career point.
Braden Holtby made 17 saves in defeat.
"We played good, we just didn't execute," Capitals center Marcus Johansson said.
Washington also is set to visit Vancouver on Sunday, so it is unknown if Holtby or backup Justin Peters will get the start tonight.
Holtby has allowed six goals on 25 shots in two prior meetings with the Flames for a 12.34 goals against average and .760 save percentage, while Peters took a post-regulation setback in his only previous meeting with the Flames. He gave up two goals on 30 shots.
The Flames play the third contest of a five-game homestand and are 4-1-1 in their last six. They lost in overtime to Tampa Bay on Tuesday before blanking the Carolina Hurricanes 5-0 on Thursday.
Jonas Hiller recorded his first shutout with Calgary and the 22nd of his career after making 16 saves, while defenseman Dennis Wideman scored his fourth goal of the season. All four have come in his past five games.
Sean Monahan scored twice, while Matt Stajan and Lance Bouma also tallied.
"To score that many goals is great," Calgary head coach Bob Hartley said. "I challenged the players before the game to win the three periods. They did it, and they did it in a great fashion."
Despite Hiller's shutout, Hartley will continue his goaltender rotation and give Karri Ramo the start tonight. Ramo is 1-3-2 with a 3.11 GAA and .906 save percentage in his career versus the Capitals.
The Caps are 8-3-0 with a tie in their last 12 versus the Flames, but lost 5-2 in their most recent trip to Calgary.