Preview: Capitals Continue Northwest Tour With A Stop In Calgary

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The Washington Capitals conclude their regular-season series with the Calgary Flames on Saturday night just eight days after they shut Calgary out by a score of 3-0 at Capital One Arena. Washington has points in seven straight games vs. Calgary (6-0-1) and is 13-3-3 against them since 2010-11. Action from Scotiabank Saddledome can be seen on NBC Sports Washington in-market or ESPN+ out-of-market starting at 10 PM ET.

SCHEDULE

Washington: begin back half of a season-long six-game road trip after going .500 (1-1-1) in the first, including a 3-2 overtime loss to the Seattle Kraken on Thursday

Calgary: reach middle of five-game homestand after splitting the first two games, including a 2-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday

RECORDS

Washington: 10-11-4/.480 points percentage – sixth in Metropolitan Division, 12th in Eastern Conference in points; 3-7-3 on road, 26th in NHL

Calgary: 10-10-3/.500 points percentage – fifth in Pacific Division, 10th in Western Conference; 7-5-1 at home, 14th

HOW EACH TEAM IS DOING

Washington: 3-1-1 in their last five since dropping nine of their previous 11 (2-6-3)

Calgary: 5-9-3 since October 28, including 1-3-1 in their past five

TEAM LEADERS

Washington

  • LW Alex Ovechkin (13 goals, 25 points)
  • Cs Evgeny Kuznetsov/Dylan Strome (13 assists each)
  • D John Carlson (23:20 TOI/game)

Notes: Ovechkin, 37, has five goals and five multi-point games in his last seven (nine points) after a two-assist outing in Seattle; Kuznetsov, 30, is on a three-game point drought; LW Anthony Mantha has gone scoreless in six of his last seven (goal, two points); LW Marcus Johansson has three assists over a three-game assist-streak and has points in four of his last five (four); LW Conor Sheary tallied one goal and two points in Seattle after earning just one helper in his previous five; RW T.J. Oshie has gone scoreless in three straight games; C Lars Eller has gone scoreless in seven of his last eight; LW Sonny Milano has gone scoreless in his last three; D Martin Fehervary has goals in back-to-back games

Calgary

  • RW Tyler Toffoli/C Nazem Kadri (eight goals each)
  • D Rasmus Andersson (13 assists, 24:14 TOI/game)
  • C Elias Lindholm (17 points)

Notes: Lindholm, 28, snapped a five-game point drought with a goal vs. Montreal; Toffoli, 30, has two goals and three points in his last three after ending a five-game point drought; Andersson, 26, has been held off of the scoresheet in four of his last five (goal, two points); Kadri, 32, is on a seven-game scoring drought; LW Jonathan Huberdeau has a goal, four points over a three-game point-streak; C Mikael Backlund has one assist in his last six; D Noah Hanifin has three assists over his last three; LW Andrew Mangiapane has just four goals in 23 games after recording 35 last season; C Blake Coleman is on a five-game scoring drought

KEY TEAM STATS

Goals-per-game:                  WSH – 2.76 (27th)         CGY – 2.91 (22nd)

Goals-against per game:    WSH – 3.04 (T-12th)     CGY – 3.09 (T-14th)

Power Play:                           WSH – 20.5% (22nd)    CGY – 18.9% (24th)

Penalty Kill:                          WSH – 79.7% (12th)      CGY – 79.5% (13th)

Shots-per-game:                  WSH – 29.8 (T-25th)    CGY – 34.8 (fourth)

Shots-against per game:    WSH – 30.8 (13th)         CGY – 28.3 (fourth)

Faceoff-winning %:             WSH – 47.7% (T-23rd) CGY – 50.1% (17th)

5v5 Corsi-for %:                   WSH – 50.84% (14th)   CGY – 54.22% (fourth)

5v5 x Goals-For %:              WSH – 48.92% (21st)    CGY – 52.98% (eighth)

5v5 SCF %:                            WSH – 50.76% (15th)    CGY – 51.06% (14th)

5v5 Shooting %:                   WSH – 7.8% (20th)       CGY – 7.52% (25th)

5v5 Save %:                           WSH – .9192 (12th)       CGY – .9093 (24th)

5v5 PDO:                              WSH – .997 (15th)          CGY – .984 (28th)

EXPECTED STARTING GOALTENDERS

Washington: Darcy Kuemper, 32 — 8-9-2, .915 save percentage, 2.53 goals-against average, two shutouts in 19 games this season; 7-2-1, .953 save percentage, 1.61 goals-against average, four shutouts in 11 career games vs. Calgary, including a 32-save shutout on November 25

Calgary: Jacob Markstrom, 32 — 8-6-2, .889 save percentage, 2.97 goals-against average in 17 games; 1-8-1, .896 save percentage, 3.20 goals-against average in 10 career games vs. Washington, including 22 saves (.880 save percentage) in last week’s game

INJURIES/ILLNESSES

Washington

  • RW Connor Brown (lower-body, will miss 22nd straight game, out indefinitely)
  • D Dmitry Orlov (lower-body, 13th, day-to-day)
  • LW Carl Hagelin (hip, 26th, indefinite)
  • RW Tom Wilson (ACL, 26th, indefinite)
  • C Nicklas Backstrom (hip, 26th, indefinite)
  • LW Beck Malenstyn (finger, 15th, week-to-week)

Calgary

  • D Oliver Kylington (personal, 20th, indefinite)

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Washington

Ovechkin — Strome — Sheary
Sonny Milano — Kuznetsov — T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson — Lars Eller — Mantha
Aliaksei Protas — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

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

Kuemper
Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: LW Joe Snively, RW Nicolas Aube-Kubel, D Alexander Alexeyev

Calgary

Huberdeau — Lindholm — Toffoli
Dillon Dube — Kadri — Mangiapane
Adam Ruzicka — Backlund — Coleman
Milan Lucic — Trevor Lewis — Brett Ritchie

Hanifin — Andersson
MacKenzie Weegar — Chris Tanev
Nikita Zadorov — Michael Stone

Markstrom
Dan Vladar

Scratched: D Connor Mackey, C Kevin Rooney

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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