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The Washington Capitals travel up north for a Thursday evening tilt against the Winnipeg Jets. It is the final of two meetings between the teams in the home-and-home series and the start of a quick two-game road trip for the Capitals. Washington defeated Winnipeg 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday at Capital One Arena. Puck drop from Bell MTS Place is set for 8:00 PM ET on NBC Sports Washington.
Standings: 39-18-6 (84 points) | first in the Metropolitan Division, third overall
Goal Leader: Captain Alex Ovechkin (43)
Assist Leader: Defenseman John Carlson (57)
Point Leader: Defenseman John Carlson (72)
Starting Goaltender: Ilya Samsonov | 16-5-1 (2.41 GAA, .916 SV%, 1 SO)
Power-Play: 20.3% (15th) | Ovechkin leads with 12 power-play goals
Penalty Kill: 83.7% (4th) | Forward Tom Wilson leads with 79 penalty minutes
Essential Notes: The Capitals are on a two-game winning streak and are starting to get back on track after losing 7 games throughout February. With acquisitions of defenseman Brenden Dillon and forward Ilya Kovalchuk, the team is beginning to dissolve out of the annual slump.
Standings: 32-27-6 (70 points) | fifth in the Central Division, 20th overall
Goal Leader: Forward Kyle Connor (31)
Assist Leader: Center Mark Scheifele (41)
Point Leader: Center Mark Scheifele (68)
Starting Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck | 26-20-5 (2.72 GAA, .918 SV%, 4 SO)
Power-Play: 20.2% (16th) | Scheifele leads with 10 power-play goals
Penalty Kill: 77.3% (25th) | Scheifele leads with 45 penalty minutes
Essential Notes: The Jets are one spot out of a Wild Card position in the Western Conference. The team was quiet on Trade Deadline Day and made no moves, but did acquire defenseman Dylan DeMelo from the Ottawa Senators and forward Cody Eakin, from the Vegas Golden Knights prior to the deadline. The Jets have gone 16-4-3 at home this season.
By Della Young
7️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ is officially history.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 26, 2020