Preview: Capitals Clash With Colorado On Saturday

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The Washington Capitals host the defending Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche on Saturday in the first of two meetings between the teams this season. Washington swept the two-game regular-season set against Colorado in 2021-22, including a 3-2 victory in Denver on April 18. Action from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington in-market or ESPN+ out-of-market starting at 7 PM ET.


Colorado plays the middle match of a three-game road trip and continues a stretch where they play eight of 10 on the road. They opened it with a 3-2 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

Washington opens a three-game homestand after finishing a 0-2-1 road trip with a 5-4 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. The team will have three days in between games after Saturday’s clash.


Colorado: 9-5-1/.633 points percentage (5-3-0 on road) – third in Central Division, fifth in Western Conference

Washington: 7-9-3/.447 points percentage (5-3-1 at home) – seventh in Metropolitan Division, tied for 10th in Eastern Conference in points but rank 13th in points percentage


Colorado: have won five of their last six games (5-1-0) since dropping four of six (2-3-1) just prior to playing a two-game set against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Finland from November 4-5

Washington: 3-6-3 since winning back-to-back games for the second time this season on October 22 and 24



  • RW Mikko Rantanen (11 goals, 25 points)
  • C Nathan MacKinnon (20 assists)
  • D Cale Makar (26:48 average TOI/game)

Notes: Rantanen, 26, saw a six-game point-streak (eight goals, 16 points) end in Carolina; MacKinnon, 27, saw six-game assist- and point-streaks (13 assists, 14 points) end in Carolina and has earned a point in 12 of 15 games this season (24 total); Makar, 24, saw six-game point-streak (three goals, 11 points) halt on Thursday, just the fourth time he has been held off of the scoresheet (18 points); LW Artturi Lehkonen has a point in each of his last five (three goals), a goal in each of his last two, and six points in his last seven; D Devon Toews has recorded at least one point in six of his last seven (one goal, eight points)


  • LW Alex Ovechkin (nine goals, 17 points)
  • C Evgeny Kuznetsov (12 assists)
  • D John Carlson (23:09 average TOI/game)

Notes: Kuznetsov, 30, has five assists and seven points over his last six games; Carlson has three goals and four points in his last two and five points in four games since returning from a six-game injury absence; C Dylan Strome has a goal and three points in his last two; LW Conor Sheary has three goals in his last four; LW Anthony Mantha has a goal and four points over his last four


Goals-per-game:                 COL – 3.53 (T-6th)      WSH – 2.89 (T-23rd)

Goals-against per game:    COL – 2.67 (T-5th)      WSH – 3.21 (17th)

Power Play:                           COL – 36.6% (1st)       WSH – 19.4% (24th)

Penalty Kill:                          COL – 74.1% (T-25th) WSH – 79% (14th)

Shots-per-game:                  COL – 32.5 (10th)        WSH – 29.8 (26th)

Shots-against per game:    COL – 34.3 (27th)        WSH – 31.5 (15th)

Faceoff-winning %:            COL – 44.5% (31st)      WSH – 46.1% (27th)

5v5 Corsi-for %:                  COL – 50.14% (14th)    WSH – 51.02% (12th)

5v5 x Goals-For %:             COL – 46.38% (26th)   WSH – 48.2% (21st)

5v5 SCF %:                           COL – 49.54% (21st)    WSH – 50.42% (16th)

5v5 Shooting %:                  COL – 6.84% (29th)     WSH – 8.47% (18th)

5v5 Save %:                          COL – .9496 (1st)         WSH – .9181 (13th)

5v5 PDO:                              COL – 1.018 (T-5th)     WSH – 1.003 (13th)


Colorado: Alexandar Georgiev, 25 — 7-2-1, .924 save percentage, 2.70 goals-against average in 10 games; 2-5-1, .857 save percentage, 3.62 save percentage in eight career games vs. Washington as a member of New York Rangers

Washington: Darcy Kuemper, 32 — 5-8-1, .911 save percentage, 2.73 goals-against average, one shutout in 14 games; 4-1-2, .928 save percentage, 1.90 goals-against average, three shutouts in nine career regular-season games vs. Colorado; 37-12-4, .921 save percentage, 2.54 goals-against average, five shutouts in 57 regular-season games and 10-4, .902 save percentage, 2.57 goals-against average, one shutout in 16 postseason games to lead Colorado to the Stanley Cup last season



  • C Shane Bowers (upper-body, will miss fourth straight game, out week-to-week)
  • D Bowen Byram (lower-body, fifth, week-to-week)
  • C Darren Helm (abductor, 17th, indefinite)
  • RW Gabriel Landeskog (knee, 17th, indefinite)
  • D Kurtis MacDermid (lower-body, third, week-to-week)
  • RW Valeri Nichushkin (ankle, ninth, week-to-week)
  • D Sam Girard (lower-body, fifth, day-to-day)


  • RW Connor Brown (lower-body, 16th, indefinite)
  • D Dmitry Orlov (lower-body, seventh, day-to-day)
  • LW Carl Hagelin (hip, 20th, indefinite)
  • RW Tom Wilson (ACL, 20th, indefinite)
  • C Nicklas Backstrom (hip, 20th, indefinite)
  • RW T.J. Oshie (lower-body, 11th, indefinite)
  • LW Beck Malenstyn (finger, ninth, week-to-week)



Lehkonen — MacKinnon — Mikko Rantanen
Alex Newhook — Evan Rodrigues — Martin Kaut
Andrew Cogliano — J.T. Compher — Logan O’Connor
Dryden Hunt — Jason Megna — Anton Blidh

Makar — Toews
Jacob MacDonald — Josh Manson
Andreas Englund — Erik Johnson

Pavel Francouz

Scratched: N/A


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

Erik Gustafsson — John Carlson
Martin Fehervary — Nick Jensen
Matt Irwin — Trevor Van Riemsdyk

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: LW Joe Snively, D Alexander Alexeyev, C Connor McMichael

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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2 Responses to Preview: Capitals Clash With Colorado On Saturday

  1. Anonymous says:

    If CMM had been sent down after training camp, they could have kept Axel…

  2. Lance says:

    This should be a doozy. Avs 7-3 over the Caps.

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