Preview: Washington Continues Homestand vs. Carolina

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The Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes clash for the second time this season and the first of two this week on Tuesday with the 2022 NHL Stadium Series at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh looming on Saturday. Carolina crunched Washington in a shootout by a score of 3-2 on October 31 at PNC Arena the first time that these teams met but Washington is 5-1-1 in their last seven against them. Action from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington in-market or ESPN+ out-of-market starting at 7 PM ET.


Carolina: make lone trip outside of Raleigh in a span of seven games before opening a five-game homestand following a 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday

Washington: continue three-game homestand and stretch where they play six of seven at Capital One Arena after opening it with a 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday


Carolina: 34-10-8/.731 points percentage – first in Metropolitan Division, second in Eastern Conference, NHL; 17-4-6 on road (second in NHL)

Washington: 28-21-6/.564 points percentage – fourth in Metropolitan Division (fifth in points percentage), seventh in Eastern Conference (eighth); 14-9-3 at home (15th)


Carolina: seven-game winning-streak ended on Saturday

Washington: has won three of last five but lost eight of last 14



  • C Sebastian Aho (23 goals)
  • D Brent Burns (27 assists, 23:21 TOI/game)
  • C Martin Necas (47 points)

Notes: Necas, 24, saw five-game point- (three goals, six points) and three-game assist-streaks (three) end vs. New York; Aho, 25, had six-game goal-scoring streak (nine) conclude on Saturday; Burns, 37, had seven-game point-streak (four goals, eight points) end in Saturday’s loss; RW Andrei Svechnikov has six assists in his last five games, including four over a three-game streak; C Jordan Staal’s three-game point-streak (two goals, three points) ended vs. New York; LW Teuvo Teravainen has two goals, three points over three-game point-streak and seven assists, 10 points in last 12; C Seth Jarvis has just one goal in his last seven, including no points in his last three; D Brady Skjei has one assist, -4 rating in last eight; C Jesperi Kotkaniemi has one goal, five points in last five, including four points over three-game streak


Notes: Ovechkin, 37, has been held scoreless in five of his last seven games (two goals), including four straight; Kuznetsov, 30, has six assists, eight points in his last nine; Orlov, 31, has only two assists in his last seven; C Dylan Strome has been held scoreless in five straight; LW Conor Sheary has just two assists, three points in last 15; C Lars Eller has just one assist in his last 15; LW Anthony Mantha has just one assist in his last nine, including none in his last four; LW Marcus Johansson’s four-game point-streak (one goal, four points) and stretch where he had points in six of previous seven (two goals, six points) ended on Sunday; D Erik Gustafsson has three assists in his last three; D Nick Jensen tallied a -6 rating in last 16 games; LW Sonny Milano has just two assists, three points in last 13, including none over last four; D Trevor Van Riemsdyk has two goals, three points in last three; RW Garnet Hathaway has two goals in his last three


Goals-per-game:                 CAR – 3.31 (T-11th)      WSH – 3.05 (20th)

Goals-against per game:   CAR – 2.69 (7th)           WSH – 2.82 (11th)

Power Play:                          CAR – 19.8% (22nd)    WSH – 20.2% (19th)

Penalty Kill:                         CAR – 81.5% (8th)       WSH – 81.8% (7th)

Shots-per-game:                 CAR – 34.9 (3rd)          WSH – 31.5 (17th)

Shots-against per game:   CAR – 26.9 (1st)            WSH – 30.2 (T-9th)

Faceoff-winning %:           CAR – 53.2% (4th)        WSH – 49.5% (T-18th)

5v5 Corsi-for %:                 CAR – 59.85% (1st)       WSH – 50.91% (16th)

5v5 x Goals-For %:            CAR – 60.03% (1st)      WSH – 51.2% (16th)

5v5 SCF %:                          CAR – 59.61% (1st)       WSH – 51.02% (16th)

5v5 Shooting %:                 CAR – 7.87% (24th)      WSH – 8.17% (20th)

5v5 Save %:                         CAR – .9163 (18th)       WSH – .918 (14th)

5v5 PDO:                             CAR – .995 (T-22nd)   WSH – 1 (T-16th)


Carolina: Frederik Andersen, 33 — 11-4-0, .895 save percentage, 2.65 goals-against average (T-16th in NHL) in 16 games this season; 7-4-2, .907 save percentage, 2.79 goals-against average, two shutouts in 13 career regular-season games vs. Washington, including a 18-save (.900 save percentage) performance in October

Washington: Darcy Kuemper, 32 — 16-14-4, .916 save percentage (T-13th), 2.57 goals-against average (T-14th), five shutouts (T-1st) in 35 games; 1-2-1, .897 save percentage, 3.44 goals-against average in five career games against Carolina, including a 35-save (.943) outing in the first meeting with them this season



  • LW Max Pacioretty (Achilles, will miss eighth straight game, out indefinitely)
  • RW Ondrej Kase (concussion, 52nd, indefinite)
  • D Jake Gardiner (hip/back, 53rd, week-to-week)


  • Carlson (upper-body, 20th, indefinite)
  • RW Connor Brown (ACL, 52nd, indefinite)
  • LW Carl Hagelin (hip, 56th, indefinite)
  • C Nic Dowd (lower-body, 10th, indefinite)
  • RW Tom Wilson (lower-body, sixth, day-to-day)



Teravainen — Aho — Jarvis
Svechnikov — Kotkaniemi — Necas
Jordan Martinook — Staal — Jesper Fast
Stefan Noesen — Paul Stastny — Derek Stepan

Jaccob Slavin — Burns
Skjei — Brett Pesce
Calvin De Haan — Jalen Chatfield

Antti Raanta

Scratched: D Dylan Coghlan


Ovechkin — Strome — Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Sheary — Kuznetsov — T.J. Oshie
Johansson — Nicklas Backstrom — Milano
Mantha — Eller — Hathaway

Gustafsson — Van Riemsdyk
Orlov — Jensen
Matt Irwin — Martin Fehervary

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: D Alexander Alexeyev, C Aliaksei Protas

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: Washington Continues Homestand vs. Carolina

  1. KimRB says:

    The Caps are gonna get creamed. 7-1 blowout. Kuemper will be hooked after the 1st period.

    Hey, my prediction worked (in reverse) last time, against Boston. Right Jon?

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