Preview: Washington Spends St. Patrick’s Day With St. Louis

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The Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues will close out their season series for the 2022-23 campaign when the two clash at Capital One Arena on Friday. St. Louis is 5-0-1 in their last six against Washington, including a 5-4 shootout victory in the Gateway City exactly four months ago. Action from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington in-market or ESPN+ out-of-market.


St. Louis: make lone pit stop on the road in a span of five games (0-2-0 so far)

Washington: continue stretch where they play nine of final 13 games at home after Wednesday’s 5-4 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres


St. Louis: 15-17-1 on road (3-8-0 in last 11), 20th in NHLWestern Conference Wild Card Standings


Washington: 16-13-4 at home (2-0-1 in the past three), 21st; Eastern Conference Wild Card Standings



St. Louis: 3-8-2 in last 13 games since three straight wins coming out of NHL All-Star Break

Washington: 5-3-1 in last nine since season-long six-game regulation losing streak


St. Louis

  • RW Jordan Kyrou (30 goals, 64 points)
  • C Robert Thomas (44 assists)
  • D Justin Faulk (23:29 TOI/game)

Notes: Kyrou, 24, has four goals, eight points over five-game point-streak and five goals, 10 points in last seven; Thomas, 23, has two goals, nine points over six-game point-streak and three goals, 12 points in last nine; Faulk, 30, snapped a three-game scoring drought with an assist in 8-5 loss to Minnesota Wild on Wednesday; C Brayden Schenn has four helpers over four-game assist streak; LW Pavel Buchnevich has 37 assists, 59 points in his last 46, including 11 assists, 18 points over 10-game point-streak; RW Kasperi Kapanen has just one assist in his last five and none in three straight; D Torey Krug has three assists, four points in his last four; Former Washington and 2018 Stanley Cup Champion LW Jakub Vrana has four goals in his last four, including two vs. Minnesota; D Colton Parayko has just two assists, three points in last 11, including just one assist in his last six and none in his last three; LW Sammy Blais has two goals, four points in his last four; D Nick Leddy has just one assist in his last 14, including none in his last seven


Notes: Ovechkin, 37, has five goals, nine points in last eight after five-game scoring drought; Kuznetsov, 30, snapped six-game scoring drought with an assist vs. Buffalo; C Dylan Strome has three goals, 10 points over six-game point-streak; LW Conor Sheary has just one goal, three points in last 27, including one assist in last 17; RW T.J. Oshie has eight goals, 16 points over his last 14, including seven goals, 13 points in last 10 and two goals, five points over four-game point-streak; LW Sonny Milano had four assists over three-game assist-streak, which ended in Washington’s 5-1 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday, and six points in his last seven but has not played last two games (non-COVID-19-related illness); D Rasmus Sandin has one goal, nine points in six games since joining Washington and two goals, 13 points, five multi-point outings in his last nine overall; D Trevor Van Riemsdyk has one goal, five points, +5 rating over four-game point-streak; RW Craig Smith has gone scoreless in six of seven, including five straight, with Washington; RW Tom Wilson snapped a four-game scoring drought with a goal vs. Buffalo; C Nic Dowd has two goals in his last three


Goals-per-game:                 STL – 3.09 (20th)        WSH – 3.1 (T-18th)

Goals-against per game:   STL – 3.72 (28th)         WSH – 2.99 (13th)

Power Play:                          STL – 21% (T-18th)     WSH – 20.8% (T-20th)

Penalty Kill:                         STL – 76.2% (T-22nd) WSH – 82.7% (5th)

Shots-per-game:                 STL – 29 (27th)            WSH – 31.6 (18th)

Shots-against per game:   STL – 32.5 (24th)         WSH – 30.4 (10th)

Faceoff-winning %:           STL – 49.6% (18th)      WSH – 49.8% (17th)

5v5 Corsi-for %:                 STL – 46.15% (26th)     WSH – 50.61% (17th)

5v5 x Goals-For %:            STL – 45.12% (27th)     WSH – 50.42% (17th)

5v5 SCF %:                          STL – 46.09% (25th)    WSH – 50.11% (19th)

5v5 Shooting %:                 STL – 9.05% (8th)        WSH – 8.56% (17th)

5v5 Save %:                         STL – .9031 (30th)       WSH – .9114 (T-20th)

5v5 PDO:                             STL – .994 (T-23rd)     WSH – .997 (T-19th)


St. Louis: Thomas Greiss, 37 — 7-9-0, .900 save percentage, 3.50 goals-against average, shutout in 19 games this season; 6-5-1, .924 save percentage, 2.33 goals-against average, shutout in 12 career games vs. Washington, including 47-save performance (.922 save percentage) in November

Washington: Darcy Kuemper, 32 — 20-21-5 (T-18th in wins), .912 save percentage (T-15th in NHL), 2.75 goals-against average (18th), five shutouts (T-1st) in 46 games; 9-5-0, .917 save percentage, 2.44 goals-against average, shutout in 16 career regular-season games vs. St. Louis


St. Louis

  • LW Jake Neighbours (upper-body, expected to miss 12th straight game, out week-to-week)
  • G Jordan Binnington (suspended, first of two games)


  • Carlson (upper-body, 34th, indefinite)
  • Jensen (undisclosed, first, day-to-day)
  • RW Connor Brown (ACL, 64th, indefinite)
  • LW Carl Hagelin (hip, 68th, indefinite)


St. Louis

Alexey Toropchenko — Thomas — Kyrou
Vrana — Buchnevich — Kapanen
Brandon Saad — Schenn — Blais
Nathan Walker — Nikita Alexandrov — Tyler Pitlick

Leddy — Parayko
Marco Scandella — Faulk
Krug — Tyler Tucker

Joel Hofer

Scratched: D Calle Rosen, D Robert Bortuzzo, RW Josh Leivo, C Logan Brown


Ovechkin — Strome — Sheary
Oshie — Kuznetsov — Wilson
Milano — Nicklas Backstrom — Smith
Aliaksei Protas — Nic Dowd — Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Sandin — Van Riemsdyk
Matt Irwin — Gabriel Carlsson
Alexander Alexeyev — Martin Fehevary

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: LW Anthony Mantha


St. Louis: +145, Washington: -175

Over 6.5: -105, Under 6.5: -115

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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5 Responses to Preview: Washington Spends St. Patrick’s Day With St. Louis

  1. KimRB says:

    Being a 50 year Caps fan (me and my brother participated in the naming the team contest, our entry was Comets) its hard to root against them. But I will. The worst possible outcome for this team is to finish out of a playoff spot, but also 13th to 16th, with no chance at first or second overall. Currently we sit 13th worst, but everyone behind us has games in hand. If they all win out, we’d be tied with Detroit for 11th. It could be a franchising altering moment on draft lottery day, May 8, similar to winning the right to pick Ovi. Imagine generational talent Connor Bedard joining his Regina teammate Alex Suzdalev on a line, or we could win the 2nd lottery, and pick up one of two big centers, Swede Leo Carlsson, or NCAA phenom Adam Fantilli, or slick Russian wing Matvei Michkov. Keep good thoughts everyone! We’ve been jobbed so many times in the past, we’re owed this!

    • Harrison Brown says:

      We have a better chance of making it than winning the lottery. 3 of our next 4 are against lottery contenders. Let’s see how this goes.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I just can’t tank. I don’t know how to process intentionally losing games. I will certainly say in June “we should have lost the last 20 games”, I know that. But right now I need to beat St. Louis.

      • KimRB says:

        I hear ya, brother. It’s hard to kick the winning addiction. But just think of Ovi teaching Bedard how to beat NHL goalies, or Strome and Fantilli down the middle (Fantilli is averaging 2pts/gm as a college freshman). If those scenarios don’t have you salivating, I don’t know what will

  2. Anonymous says:

    Gotta have this one, no excuses!

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