Offensive-minded Capitals to test Mason, Blue Jackets

Columbus (18-18-4) at Washington (27-11-3), 7:00 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON (Ticker) — Lately, few opponents have been able to
score upon Steve Mason. But it is not every day the 20-year-old
rookie sensation faces an offensive-minded club like the
Washington Capitals.

Coming off two straight losses, Mason and the Columbus Blue
Jackets look to halt the Capitals’ seven-game winning streak on

After fizzling in a 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues, Mason and
the Blue Jackets faltered again in Thursday’s 3-0 setback to the
Detroit Red Wings.

Though the last two contests have nearly negated a previous
season-high, four-game winning streak, Mason has thrived over
the past month by going 7-5-0 with a 1.49 goals-against average.

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He is 13-9-1 and leads the NHL with a 1.82 GAA and .934 save
percentage in 23 games.

Washington has scored three or more goals in five of the wins
during their current run, but its last two victories have come
with strong efforts on the defensive end.

The Capitals are coming off a 2-1 shootout triumph over the
Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday – three days after beating the
New York Rangers, 2-1.

Alex Ovechkin has recorded 13 points in his last 10 games. He
notched the game-winner against the Rangers, and is second in
the NHL with 53 points.