The Capitals continued their current hot streak, winning their fourth consecutive game with a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Friday afternoon at Capital One Arena. The Capitals now head to New York City for an afternoon contest with the Rangers Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Puck drop is 2PM ET. The trip to NYC, which will include a tilt against the New York Islanders on Monday, is also the team’s annual mentors trip.
T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov were scratched for the fourth-straight game due to “upper body” injuries (concussions) they sustained against the Jets in Winnipeg on November 14. Reirden was noncommittal on if Oshie and Kuznetsov are traveling to NY. In a pre-game press scrum, Reirden said both guys are getting looked at by team docs at arena today and determination will be made on that. The Capitals have gone 3-0-0 since their loss in Winnipeg. Brooks Orpik (LTIR) miss his 12th consecutive game due to a knee injury.
As a result of the Oshie and Kuznetsov scratches, Reirden deployed similar makeshift lines utilized in the previous three games. Ovechkin-Backstrom-Wilson made up the top line. Vrana-Eller-Connolly were on the second line. Burakovsky-Boyd-Smith-Pelly made up the third line with Stephenson-Dowd-Jaskin remaining on the fourth line.
The Red Wings would strike first midway through the opening frame for a 1-0 at the first intermission. Tom Wilson would tie the game with a blast from the top of the slot to make it 1-1 at the second intermission. Michal Kempny gave the Caps a 2-1 lead with 13 minutes remaining in the game, Alex Ovechkin would make it 3-1 with 11 minutes remaining,
SHOT ATTEMPTS (POSSESSION)
The Red Wings out-attempted the Caps 22-20, led in shots on goal (SOG) 14-5 and led 1-0 after one period of play. The Caps tied it up 1-1 in the middle frame, led 8-4 in SOG but were out-attempted 14-8 in the second period. 8 of the 13 SOG by the Caps in the first two periods were from the top line. The Red Wings out-attempted the Caps 15-10 and led in SOG 14-7 for the final frame.
SHOT ATTEMPTS (DIFFERENTIAL)
SHOT ATTEMPTS (LOCATION)
Braden Holtby continued is high level of play in this one, stopping 31 of 32 shots for a .969 save percentage. Jonathan Bernier stopped 17 of 20 for a .850 save percentage.
The Capitals were 0 for 3 and the Red Wings were 0 for 3 on the power play in this game.
The Capitals won the faceoff battle 58-42%. Brett Connolly was 1 for 2, Chandler Stephenson was 1 for 2, Nicklas Backstrom was 7 for 18, Lars Eller was 11 for 18, Smith-Pelly was 1 for 1, Nic Dowd was 5 for 6, Tom Wilson 0 for 1, Andre Burakovsky was 0 for 1 and Travis Boyd was 8 for 10.