Preview: Capitals Head Back To West Canada For Tilt In Winnipeg

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The Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets open their season series in the North on Sunday night and will close it 12 nights later. Washington swept the regular-season set vs. Winnipeg last season, including a 5-2 win north of the border on December 17, 2021, and is 15-3-2 in their past 20 against them dating back to March 2013. Action from Canadian Life Centre can be seen on NBC Sports Washington in-market or ESPN+ out-of-market starting at 7 PM ET.

SCHEDULE

Washington: head back on the road for two straight games after coming home for one game, a 4-1 win over the Seattle Kraken on Friday, following a season-long six-game road trip

Winnipeg: open three-game homestand; continue stretch where they play seven of nine at home; return from two-game Central Division road trip sweep, including a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday

RECORDS

Washington: 13-12-4/.517 points percentage – sixth in Metropolitan Division, tied for 10th in Eastern Conference in points but rank 11th in points percentage; 5-8-3 on road, 24th in NHL

Winnipeg: 18-7-1/.712 points percentage – first in Central Division and second in Western Conference (first in points percentage); 10-3-0 at home, fifth

HOW EACH TEAM IS DOING

Washington: have won three straight games and are 6-2-1 in their last nine since dropping nine of their previous 11 (2-6-3)

Winnipeg: four straight wins, 16-4-1 since October 23 (third-best record)

TEAM LEADERS

Washington

Notes: Ovechkin, 37, has eight goals and seven multi-point games in his last 11 (13 points) after a two-point outing in Washington’s 4-1 win over Seattle; Kuznetsov, 30, has five assists over a four-game assist streak; Carlson, 32, has three goals and six points in his last seven; C Dylan Strome has a goal and four points over his last four; LW Anthony Mantha has a goal, three points in his last two

Winnipeg

  • C Mark Schiefele (15 goals)
  • D Josh Morrissey (25 assists, 30 points, 23:13 TOI/game)

Notes: Morrissey, 27, has five assists over a four-game assist streak and has yet to go consecutive games without a point this season; Schiefele, 29, has five goals and nine points over his last seven, including three goals and five points over his last four; C Pierre-Luc Dubois has 13 goals and 28 points in 26 games this season, including two three-point performances in his last three; LW Kyle Connor has three goals and seven points over a four-game point-streak and 28 points (17 assists) overall; RW Blake Wheeler has 10 assists and 15 points over his last 10; C Cole Perfetti has six assists and nine points over his last eight, including goals in back-to-back outings; C Adam Lowry has five assists and eight points over his last eight

KEY TEAM STATS

Goals-per-game:                  WSH – 2.83 (27th)        WPG – 3.35 (11th)

Goals-against per game:    WSH – 2.93 (11th)         WPG – 2.46 (4th)

Power Play:                           WSH – 21.4% (21st)      WPG – 23.5% (T-14th)

Penalty Kill:                          WSH – 80.7% (9th)      WPG – 84.5% (3rd)

Shots-per-game:                  WSH – 30.7 (T-19th)    WPG – 30.7 (T-19th)

Shots-against per game:    WSH – 30.7 (10th)        WPG – 31.4 (T-14th)

Faceoff-winning %:             WSH – 48.6% (22nd)   WPG – 47.5% (T-25th)

5v5 Corsi-for %:                   WSH – 50.36% (15th)  WPG – 49.54% (19th)

5v5 x Goals-For %:              WSH – 50.18% (18th)  WPG – 48.96% (22nd)

5v5 SCF %:                            WSH – 51.12% (16th)   WPG – 52.56% (8th)

5v5 Shooting %:                   WSH – 7.17% (27th)     WPG – 8.51% (16th)

5v5 Save %:                           WSH – .922 (10th)       WPG – .9365 (3rd)

5v5 PDO:                               WSH – .994 (20th)      WPG – 1.022 (3rd)

EXPECTED STARTING GOALTENDERS

Washington: Charlie Lindgren, 28 — 5-3-2, .907 save percentage, 2.87 goals-against average in 11 games this season; first career start vs. Winnipeg

Winnipeg: Connor Hellebuyck, 29 — 14-5-1 (second in NHL in wins), .932 save percentage (tied for third), 2.24 goals-against average (third), three shutouts (tied for league-lead with Villie Husso of Detroit Red Wings) in 20 games; 4-3-2, .929 save percentage, 2.19 goals-against average, shutout in nine career games vs. Washington

INJURIES/ILLNESSES

Washington

  • G Darcy Kuemper (lower-body, will miss fourth straight game, out day-to-day)
  • D Martin Fehervary (lower-body, fourth, day-to-day)
  • RW Connor Brown (ACL, 26th, indefinite)
  • D Dmitry Orlov (lower-body, 17th, day-to-day)
  • LW Carl Hagelin (hip, 30th, indefinite)
  • RW Tom Wilson (ACL, 30th, indefinite)
  • C Nicklas Backstrom (hip, 30th, indefinite)
  • LW Beck Malenstyn (finger, 19th, week-to-week)
  • D Alexander Alexeyev (upper-body, first, status TBD)

Winnipeg

  • C Mason Appleton (upper body, 13th, indefinite)
  • RW Nikolaj Ehlers (sports hernia, 24th, indefinite)
  • C Saku Maenalanen (upper-body, second, day-to-day)
  • D Logan Stanley (lower-body, first, status TBD)

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Washington

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

Erik Gustafsson — Carlson
Trevor Van Riemsdyk — Nick Jensen
Lucas Johansen — Matt Irwin

Lindgren
Hunter Shepard

Scratched: LW Joe Snively, RW Nicolas Aube-Kubel, D Dylan McIlrath

** expect Washington to call up at least one defenseman before puck drop if Alexeyev is unavailable

Winnipeg

Perfetti — Schiefele — Wheeler
Connor — Dubois — Michael Eyssimont
Jansen Harkins — Lowry — Sam Gagner
Axel Jonsson-Fjallby — David Gustafsson — Morgan Barron

Morrissey — Dylan DeMelo
Brenden Dillon — Neal Pionk
Nate Schmidt — Kyle Capobianco

Hellebuyck
David Rittich

Scratched: D Dylan Samberg

Game Notes

By Harrison Brown

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4 Responses to Preview: Capitals Head Back To West Canada For Tilt In Winnipeg

  1. Anonymous says:

    Damn, when did Winnipeg get that good?

  2. Anonymous says:

    it’s a bad sign when 3 of your top 4 point producers also have the worst +/- ratings on the team. ovie -10, strome -9, carlson -8 (tied with his partner Gustafsson at -8). ummmmmm

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