Preview: Capitals Tangle With Tampa Bay In Home-And-Home Tilts

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The Washington Capitals will host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night before facing them again in Central Florida on Sunday night. Tampa Bay took two of three games against Washington last season but both of those wins came in the first three weeks of the campaign. Washington won the final meeting by a score of 4-3 on April 6.

Both games will start at 7 PM ET. Friday’s game can be seen on NBC Sports Washington locally or NHL Network nationally while Sunday’s will be broadcasted across the country on ESPN.

SCHEDULE

Washington will conclude a season-long four-game homestand (which they are 1-2-0 on) on Friday and start a three-game road trip on Sunday.

Tampa Bay will play its lone road game in a span of eight and just their first of two in a span of 11 on Friday. Sunday’s game will be the first of a three-game homestand.

RECORDS

Washington: 6-7-2/.467 points percentage (4-3-1 at home, 2-4-1 on road) – sixth in Metropolitan Division, 13th in Eastern Conference

Tampa Bay: 7-5-1/.577 points percentage (3-2-1 at home, 4-3-0 on road) – fifth in Atlantic Division, ninth in Eastern Conference

TEAM LEADERS

Washington

  • LW Alex Ovechkin (eight goals, 13 points)
  • C Evgeny Kuznetsov (nine assists)
  • D John Carlson (21:55 average TOI/game)

Notes: All of Ovechkin’s points have come in his past 13 games (the 37-year-old’s six-game point-streak ended in Washington’s 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday); C Dylan Strome has three goals and six points in his past six; LW Conor Sheary has no points in his last five; LW Anthony Mantha has been held scoreless in seven of his last eight, scoring one goal and two points over that stretch; D Erik Gustafsson earned three assists in Monday’s 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers

Tampa Bay

  • C Steven Stamkos (seven goals)
  • RW Nikita Kucherov (15 assists, 21 points)
  • D Victor Hedman (24:33 average TOI/game)

Notes: Stamkos, 32, has four assists over his last eight but all of them have come in his last four and 13 points in 13 games this season; Kucherov, 29, has a point in all but one game this season; Hedman has a goal and four points in his last four; C Brayden Point has two goals and nine points over a five-game point-streak, recording two points in four of them, and nine assists and 15 points in 13 games; LW Brandon Hagel has two goals and five points over a three-game point-streak and five goals and 11 points in his last eight; LW Alex Killorn has three goals and five points over his last five; C Nicolas Paul has four goals and eight points over his last eight and saw a five-game point-streak end in Tampa Bay’s 3-2 loss to Edmonton on Tuesday

KEY TEAM STATS

Goals-per-game:                   TB – 3.83 (T-3rd)      WSH – 2.69 (28th)

Goals-against per game:     TB – 3.50 (24th)        WSH – 2.85 (11th)

Power Play:                            TB – 31.9% (2nd)      WSH – 20.9% (T-15th)

Penalty Kill:                           TB – 72.6% (27th)     WSH – 80.5% (14th)

Shots-per-game:                   TB – 33.4 (T-9th)      WSH – 28.5 (28th)

Shots-against per game:      TB – 34.8 (T-27th)    WSH – 31.6 (16th)

Faceoff-winning %:               TB – 51.7% (11th)      WSH – 45.4% (29th)

5v5 Corsi-for Percentage:    TB – 50% (16th)        WSH – 50.3% (15th)

5v5 x Goals-For %:                TB – 49.89% (18th)  WSH – 46.39% (25th)

5v5 SCF Percentage:             TB – 50.55% (16th)   WSH – 49.31% (20th)

5v5 Shooting Percentage:    TB – 9.28% (9th)      WSH – 8% (20th)

5v5 Save Percentage:            TB – .9135 (T-20th)  WSH – .9246 (10th)

5v5 PDO:                                 TB – 1.006 (T-14th)   WSH – 1.005 (14th)

EXPECTED STARTING GOALTENDERS

Washington: Darcy Kuemper, 32 — 4-6-1, .916 save percentage, 2.47 goals-against average, one shutout in 11 games; 4-2-0, .920 save percentage, 2.33 goals-against average, one shutout in seven career regular-season games vs. Tampa Bay; .908 save percentage, 2.45 goals-against average, shutout in 2022 Stanley Cup Final against Tampa Bay with Colorado Avalanche

Tampa Bay: Andrei Vasilevskiy, 28 — 4-4-1, .910 save percentage, 2.90 goals-against average in nine games this season; 6-7-1, .903 save percentage, 3.04 goals-against average in 14 career regular-season games vs. Washington

INJURIES/ILLNESSES

Washington

* Carlson (lower-body, seventh, out day-to-day)

* D Dmitry Orlov (lower-body, third, day-to-day)

* RW Connor Brown (lower-body, 12th, indefinite)

* LW Carl Hagelin (hip, 16th, indefinite)

* RW Tom Wilson (ACL, 16th, indefinite)

* C Nicklas Backstrom (hip, 16th, indefinite)

* RW T.J. Oshie (lower-body, seventh, indefinite)

* LW Beck Malenstyn (finger, fifth, week-to-week)

Tampa Bay

* D Zach Bogosian (shoulder, 14th, indefinite)

* C Anthony Cirelli (shoulder, 14th, indefinite)

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Washington

Ovechkin — Kuznetsov — Sheary
Sonny Milano — Strome — Marcus Johansson
Mantha — Lars Eller — Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Aliaksei Protas — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

Trevor Van Riemsdyk — Gustafsson
Martin Fehervary — Nick Jensen
Alexander Alexeyev — Matt Irwin

Kuemper
Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: LW Joe Snively, C Connor McMichael

Tampa Bay

Hagel — Point — Kucherov
Stamkos — Paul — Killorn
Cole Koepke — Vladislav Namestnikov — Ross Colton
Pat Maroon — Pierre-Edouard Bellemare — Corey Perry

Hedman — Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev — Nick Perbix
Ian Cole — Cal Foote

Vasilevskiy
Brian Elliott

Scratched: D Hadyn Fleury, D Philippe Myers

Game Notes

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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3 Responses to Preview: Capitals Tangle With Tampa Bay In Home-And-Home Tilts

  1. LucasMason says:

    Tampa Bay Lightning (7-5-1, fifth in the Atlantic Division) vs. Washington Capitals (6-6-2, sixth in the Metropolitan Division)
    Washington; Friday, 7 p.m. EST
    BOTTOM LINE: The Washington Capitals take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Eastern Conference play.
    Washington Capitals has a 6-6-2 record overall and a 4-3-1 record on its home ice. The Washington Capitals have gone 6-0-0 when scoring three or more goals.
    Tampa Bay Lightning is 7-5-1 overall and 4-3-0 in road games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have a 7-0-1 record when scoring at least three goals.
    Friday’s game is the fourth meeting between these teams this season. The Washington Capitals won the previous meeting 4-3.
    Link : https://nhlstreams.me/nhl-2022-streams

  2. Anonymous says:

    after the penguins bed-shi–ing, these two games scare me.

  3. novafyre says:

    Both teams are missing key players — Caps due to injuries, Bolts due to salary cap. Neither team has gelled with its replacements.

    Tampa is very much a ‘team’ team. Cooper admits that he is not the NHL’s best with Xs and Os. He focuses on making players into a team that will give it their all with a do not lose mentality. This team has not yet come together. I’m not sure it will. Some great team glue was lost this summer.

    Tampa’s powerplay was on fire early on this year with Stammer making like Ovi from their office (Stammer is third in goals among active players behind Sid). Tampa admitted that they needed to work on their 5on5. Now, that has switched. Their PP has gone stone cold.

    I follow and support both teams so I’ll be happy no matter which one wins tonight or Sunday, but I’ll be rooting for Tampa. Basically, it comes down to coaches. I prefer Coop to Lavi. But I still want to see Ovi score goals.

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