Caps Top-10 games: Trotz hosts Predators

Caps Top-10 games: Trotz hosts Predators
August 27, 2014, 8:00 am
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Earlier this offseason we learned the Capitals entire slate of games for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign and highlighted some of the notable match-ups and storylines. Now we go a bit deeper by counting down the 10 most interesting contests.

GAME No. 10: Capitals vs. Blues, Sun. Feb. 1

GAME No. 9: Capitals vs. Rangers, Wed. Mar. 11

GAME No. 8: Capitals at Islanders, Mon. Dec. 29

GAME No. 7: Capitals vs. Kings, Tue. Feb. 3

GAME No. 6: Capitals vs. Predators, Sat. Mar. 28

The interest:By the time the Predators visit Verizon Center in Washington's 75th game of the 2014-15 season, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz will have already faced his former team once before [Fri. Jan.16 at Nashville].

The second meeting is still worth circling given where it lies on the schedule [two weeks before the final day of the season] and what could potentially be at stake as both teams eye a return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after missing out last season.

Of the Capitals' final nine games of the regular-season, the Predators are the only Western Conference opponent they will face.

Still, there should be plenty of jump for both teams with no shortage of familiar faces between the two organizations.

In addition to Trotz- who spent 15 years behind the Predators bench- Capitals assistant coaches Lane Lambert and Mitch Korn also spent significant time in the Nashville organization, as did Capitals forwards Joel Ward and Michael Latta.

Barring any trades, the Predators will likely have a few familiar faces on their roster as well, including former Caps center Mike Ribeiro who has played at Verizon Center just once since he last wore a Capitals sweater in 2013.

Nashville's March 28 visit to D.C. could also be the Verizon Center debut for former Caps prospect Filip Forsberg, who was traded to Nashville in 2013 for Martin Erat and Michael Latta.

Among the other highlights with a visit from the Predators is the chance to see Shea Weber, one of the game's premiere defensemen and a three-time Norris Trophy finalist.

Weber, 29, had career-highs across the board last season with 23 goals, 33 assists and 56 points.