Preview: Capitals Open Homestand vs. Ottawa

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The Washington Capitals complete their season series with the Ottawa Senators when they host them for the lone time in 2022-23 on Thursday night. The teams split the two meetings in the nation’s capital to the north with Ottawa taking the first one, 5-2, on October 20 before Washington responded with a 3-2 overtime victory this past Thursday. Action from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington in-market or ESPN+ out-of-market starting at 7 PM ET.


Ottawa: begin short two-game road trip (at Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night), their lone two away from home in an eight-game stretch (1-0-1 so far)

Washington: open three-game homestand where all of their opponents reside from the Atlantic Division, continue stretch where they play seven of nine at home (5-1-0 so far)


Ottawa: 15-16-3/.485 points percentage – tied for last in Atlantic Division with Montreal Canadiens, T-13th in Eastern Conference; 6-8-2 on road, T-27th in NHL

Washington: 20-13-4/.595 points percentage – third in Metropolitan Division (but fifth in points percentage), fifth in Eastern Conference (eighth); 11-5-1 at home, eighth


Ottawa: 3-2 win over NHL-leading Boston Bruins on Tuesday snapped three-game losing streak (0-2-1), which followed an 8-2-1 stretch

Washington: have won five in a row and are 10-1-0 in last 20, 13-3-1 in their last 17 since dropping nine of their previous 11 (2-6-3)



  • RW Claude Giroux (14 goals)
  • LW Brady Tkachuk (24 assists, 37 points)
  • D Thomas Chabot (26:09 TOI/game)

Notes: Giroux has gone scoreless in his last three; Tkachuk has 14 assists and 21 points in his last 21; Chabot has a -6 rating in his last five; RW Drake Batherson has seven goals, 16 points over an 11-game point-streak and has 11 assists, 19 points in his last 15; RW Alex DeBrincat has seven goals and 20 points in his last 19, including 11 assists and 16 points in 12 games this month, seven assists and 11 points in his last six, and goals in back-to-back outings


Notes: Ovechkin, 37, has 20 goals and 36 points in his last 31, including nine goals, 16 points, five multi-point efforts in his last 11; Kuznetsov, 30, has 11 assists and 13 points over his last 12, including a goal and six points in his last five; LW Anthony Mantha ended a three-game scoring drought with an assist in Washington’s 4-0 win at the New York Rangers on Tuesday but has just two assists in his last six; D Erik Gustafsson has a +14 rating over his last nine and five goals, nine points over a five-game point-streak; LW Sonny Milano has two goals, six points in his last six; LW Conor Sheary has three assists, four points in his last two; C Nic Dowd has four goals, six points in his last seven; LW Marcus Johansson has two goals in his last three


Goals-per-game:                 OTT – 3.00 (24th)         WSH – 3.11 (18th)

Goals-against per game:   OTT – 3.18 (17th)           WSH – 2.70 (T-7th)

Power Play:                          OTT – 28.2% (4th)        WSH – 21.1% (20th)

Penalty Kill:                         OTT – 80.5% (11th)       WSH – 81.7% (6th)

Shots-per-game:                 OTT – 33.2 (7th)            WSH – 31.6 (16th)

Shots-against per game:   OTT – 33 (20th)             WSH – 30.1 (11th)

Faceoff-winning %:           OTT – 53.2% (4th)         WSH – 48.8% (21st)

5v5 Corsi-for %:                 OTT – 51.66% (10th)     WSH – 50.99% (15th)

5v5 x Goals-For %:            OTT – 51.24% (15th)      WSH – 51.54% (13th)

5v5 SCF %:                          OTT – 52.09% (10th)     WSH – 51.52% (12th)

5v5 Shooting %:                 OTT – 6.46% (31st)        WSH – 7.88% (24th)

5v5 Save %:                         OTT – .9177 (17th)         WSH – .9237 (9th)

5v5 PDO:                             OTT – .982 (29th)          WSH – 1.003 (T-14th)


Ottawa: Cam Talbot, 35 — 9-8-1, .915 save percentage, 2.66 goals-against average, one shutout in 20 games this season; 4-7-1, .913 save percentage, 2.64 goals-against average in 14 career games vs. Washington, including 37 saves (.925 save percentage) in Thursday’s overtime loss

Washington: Charlie Lindgren, 29 — 10-4-2, .912 save percentage, 2.60 goals-against average in 17 games this season; first career start vs. Ottawa



  • C Josh Norris (shoulder, will miss 30th straight game, out indefinitely)
  • D Jacob Bernard-Docker (high-ankle sprain, 18th, indefinite)
  • D Artem Zub (jaw, 11th, week-to-week)
  • RW Mathieu Joseph (lower-body, ninth, indefinite)
  • D Nikita Zaitsev (lower-body, first, day-to-day)
  • LW Tyler Motte (broken finger, second, indefinite)
  • C Rourke Chautier (upper-body, second, day-to-day)


  • Carlson (upper-body, second, indefinite)
  • D Martin Fehervary (lower-body, 12th, day-to-day)
  • RW Connor Brown (ACL, 34th, indefinite)
  • LW Carl Hagelin (hip, 38th, indefinite)
  • RW Tom Wilson (ACL, 38th, indefinite)
  • C Nicklas Backstrom (hip/COVID-19 protocol, 38th, indefinite)
  • RW T.J. Oshie (upper-body, fifth, day-to-day)



Tkachuk — Tim Stutzle — Giroux
DeBrincat — Shane Pinto — Batherson
Derick Brassard — Mark Kastelic — Austin Watson
Jake Lucchini — Dylan Gambrell — Parker Kelly

Chabot — Erik Brannstrom
Jake Sanderson — Travis Hamonic
Dillon Heatherington — Nick Holden

Anton Forsberg

Scratched: D Jacob Larsson


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

Gustafsson — Trevor Van Riemsdyk
Orlov — Nick Jensen
Alexander Alexeyev — Matt Irwin

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: LW Joe Snively, D Lucas Johansen

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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4 Responses to Preview: Capitals Open Homestand vs. Ottawa

  1. Anonymous says:

    JOe S and Lucas J should demand trades!

  2. Jonathan says:


    Would all four of you (Jon, Michael, Della, and Harrison) please write a group article giving each of your opinions on why the Caps are playing better, even if you guys may agree or disagree with each other, and include your opinion on how good they can be in the playoffs if they play to this level?

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