Preview: Capitals Have A Date With Detroit On Monday Night

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The Washington Capitals host the Detroit Red Wings for the second of three meetings between the two teams during the regular season. Detroit defeated Washington in the first one by a score of 3-1 at Little Caesers Arena on November 3 but Washington is 16-3-3 against them since the 2011-12 season.

Action from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington in-market or ESPN+ out-of-market.


Detroit: alternating between home and road games in span of six (0-3-0 during stretch so far)

Washington: end three-game homestand (split first two games) and continue stretch where they play 10 of 16 in the nation’s capital


Detroit: 13-11-6/.533 points percentage – fifth in Atlantic Division, tied for 11th in Eastern Conference (10th in points percentage); 6-5-3 on road, 20th in the NHL

Washington: 16-13-4/.545 points percentage – sixth in Metropolitan Division, ninth in Eastern Conference; 9-5-1 at home, 10th


Detroit: have lost five straight (0-4-1), are 2-6-2 in last 10

Washington: 6-1-0 in last seven, 9-3-1 in their last 13 since dropping nine of their previous 11 (2-6-3)



  • C Dylan Larkin (10 goals, 27 points)
  • D Filip Hronek (18 assists)
  • D Moritz Seider (22:45 TOI/game)

Notes: Larkin, 26, has just one goal in his last six games; Hronek’s goal in Detroit’s 6-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators snapped a four-game scoring drought; Seider, 21, has one assist in his last nine, including none in his last three; LW Dominik Kubalik snapped a four-game scoring drought with an assist vs. Ottawa;

LW Lucas Raymond ended a three-game scoring drought with an assist vs. Ottawa; C Pius Suter ended an 11-game scoring drought with an assist on Saturday; C Andrew Copp has gone scoreless in four straight games; D Olli Maatta has three assists in his last three after going scoreless in his previous nine


Notes: Ovechkin, 37, has 18 goals and 30 points in his last 27, including seven goals, 10 points, and three multi-point efforts in his last six; Ovechkin also enters Monday two goals away from passing Gordie Howe (801) for second-most goals in NHL history; Kuznetsov, 30, has eight assists and nine points over his last eight; Carlson, 32, has six assists in as many games;

LW Anthony Mantha has two goals, seven points over his last six; C Lars Eller has three goals in his last six; D Erik Gustafsson has a +9 rating over his last five and scored his first career hat trick in Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs; D Dmitry Orlov has two assists, three points, +3 rating in four games since returning from a 16-game injury absence; LW Sonny Milano has five assists in his last four; RW Garnet Hathaway has a goal and three points in his last three; D Trevor Van Riemsdyk has three goals in his last four


Goals per game: DET – 2.9 (T-24th) WSH – 3.03 (T-20th)

Goals-against per game: DET – 3.17 (18th) WSH – 2.85 (12th)

Power Play: DET – 19.8% (T-24th) WSH – 21.8% (T-17th)

Penalty Kill: DET – 76.4% (22nd) WSH – 80.7% (9th)

Shots per game: DET – 29.4 (26th) WSH – 31.2 (T-18th)

Shots-against per game: DET –31.3 (15th) WSH – 30.7 (T-11th)

Faceoff winning %: DET – 47.4% (26th) WSH – 47.4% (23rd)

5v5 Corsi-for %: DET – 46.15% (27th) WSH – 50.56% (17th)

5v5 x Goals-For %: DET – 45.55% (26th) WSH – 50.37% (16th)

5v5 SCF %: DET – 43.47% (28th) WSH – 50.93% (15th)

5v5 Shooting %: DET – 8.35% (17th) WSH – 7.88% (23rd)

5v5 Save %: DET – .9212 (13th) WSH – .9223 (10th)

5v5 PDO: DET – 1.005 (T-11th) WSH – 1.001 (15th)


Detroit: Ville Husso, 25 — 11-6-4, .913 save percentage, 2.61 goals-against average (15th), three shutouts (tied for first) in 21 games this season; has lost back-to-back starts; 3-0-0, .951 save percentage, 1.34 goals-against average in three career games vs. Washington, including 33-save performance (.971 save percentage) last month

Washington: Darcy Kuemper, 32 — 8-9-2, .916 save percentage, 2.56 goals-against average, two shutouts in 20 games; could return after missing eight games with a lower-body injury; 3-3-1, .911 save percentage, 2.56 goals-against average in seven career games vs. Detroit, including 23-save outing (.923 save percentage) in November



  • RW Robby Fabbri (ACL, will miss 31st straight game, out indefinitely)
  • LW Jakub Vrana (player assistance program, 29th, indefinite)
  • LW Filip Zadina (lower body, 20th, indefinite)
  • C Matt Luff (wrist, 18th, indefinite)
  • RW Tyler Bertuzzi (hand, ninth, week-to-week)
  • D Mark Pysyk (torn Achilles, 31st, indefinite)


  • D Martin Fehervary (lower body, eighth, day to day)
  • RW Connor Brown (ACL, 30th, indefinite)
  • LW Carl Hagelin (hip, 34th, indefinite)
  • RW Tom Wilson (ACL, 34th, indefinite)
  • C Nicklas Backstrom (hip, 34th, indefinite)
  • LW Beck Malenstyn (finger, 23rd, week-to-week)
  • D Alexander Alexeyev (upper body, fifth, status unknown)
  • C Nic Dowd (lower body, first, day to day)
  • RW TJ Oshie (upper body, first, day to day)



Jonathan Berggren — Michael Rasmussen — David Perron
Elmer Soderblom—Joe Veleno—Kubalik
Adam Erne – Suter – Oskar Sundqvist

Ben Chiarot — Seider
Jake Walman—Hronek
Maatta—Jordan Oesterle

Alex Nedeljkovic

Scratched: RW Austin Czarnik, D Gustav Lindstrom, G Magnus Hellberg


Ovechkin — Dylan Strome — Conor Sheary
Marcus Johansson — Aliaksei Protas — TBD (Connor McMichael?)
Milan — Kuznetsov — Mantha
Nicolas Aube-Kubel-Eller-Hathaway

Orlov—Nick Jensen
Matt Irwin—Van Riemsdyk

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: D Lucas Johansen

By Harrison Brown

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