Projected Lines and Shavings for Thursday’s Capitals Game at the Islanders

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The Capitals begin a back-to-back stretch on Thursday night against the New York Islanders. First the two teams will square off in Brooklyn before coming back to the district to meet again on Friday night. While the team did not hold a morning skate, here are the projected lines and some pregame notes to get you ready for the game. 

PROJECTED LINES
There wasn’t a morning skate, but this is what the lines looked like at Wednesday’s practice.

Forwards
Ovechkin-Kuzntsov-Wilson
Burakovsky-Backstrom-Oshie
Vrana-Eller-Connolly
Stephenson-Beagle-DSP
Defense
Kempny-Carlson
Orlov-Niskanen
Orpik-Jerabek
Starting goalie: Philipp Grubauer

GAME NOTES

CAPS TODAY

SHAVINGS

  • The Capitals are 105-88-13-6 all time against the Islanders including 11-5-3 over the last 19 meetings.
  • Tom Wilson is one point shy of 100 career points.
  • Philipp Grubauer is 10-6-2 over his last 24 appearances (dating back to Oct. 29) with a 1.83 goals against average and a .939 save percentage, which is the lowest goals against average and the highest save percentage among goaltenders with at least 17 appearances during that time frame.
  • Grubauer’s .951 save percentage at even strength during that time frame ranks first among goaltenders with at least four appearances since Oct. 29.
  • Alex Ovechkin has tallied 50 points (34 goals, 16 assists) in 48 career games against the Islanders, including 15 points (12 goals, 3 assists) in his last 16 games against New York.
  • Ovechkin is one of only two active players to score 30 or more career goals against the Islanders (Sidney Crosby: also with 34 goals in 61 career games).
  • Ovechkin and Crosby are also tied in multi-goal games against the Isles with eight each. That is the most multi-goal games against the NYI among active players.
  • The Capitals have earned a point in 13 of their last 16 games against the Islanders (9-4-3) and have won three of their last six away games against New York (3-3-0).

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By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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One Response to Projected Lines and Shavings for Thursday’s Capitals Game at the Islanders

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