Preview: The Capitals Out Homestand vs. Calgary close Friday

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The Washington Capitals host the Calgary Flames in their first two meetings of the season, both coming in the space of eight days, on Friday afternoon. The two teams split two games last season, including Washington’s 5-4 win over the Scotiabank Saddledome on March 8, but Washington has come away with three out of four possible points and has been 5-0-1 against Calgary since 2018. It can be seen on NBC Sports Washington On-market or ESPN+ out-of-market starting at 2 p.m. ET.

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Calgary: Continues six-game Eastern Conference road trip (2-1-1) and starts a streak of back-to-back with them to visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon

WASHINGTON: Finishing a three-game Homestand (split the first two games) before starting a six-game season-long road trip for the New Jersey Devils Saturday night

records

Calgary: 9-7-3/.553 percentage points (3-3-2 on the road) — 4th in the Pacific Division, 7th in the Western Conference

Washington: 8-10-3/.452 percentage points (6-4-1 at home) – Seventh in the D.C. Division, tied for 12th in the Eastern Conference in points but ranked 13th in percentage.

How does each team work?

Calgary: 4-1-1 since ending a seven-game winning streak

Washington: 4-7-3 since winning back-to-back games for the second time this season on Oct. 22-24

Team leaders

Calgary

  • C Nazim Qadri (8 goals)
  • De Rasmus Anderson (12 assists, 24:37 TUI/Game)
  • C Elias Lindholm (16 points)

Notes: Kadri, 32, has been held without a point in three straight matches. Anderson, 26, caught an assist in his last four; RW Tyler Toffoli is dehydrated in four games. C Mikael Backlund caught an assist in his last five; LW Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals and four points in his last 10 points; Blake Coleman scored two goals and five points in his last five career starts. Adam Rosica has scored four goals and seven points in the last six. LW Andrew Mangiapane scored three goals and seven points in 19 games after 35 goals last season; Dr. Noah Hanifin has six assists and seven points in his last 10 assists; C Dillon Dube has goals in consecutive games

Washington

  • Alex Ovechkin (10 goals, 19 points)
  • C. Evgeny Kuznetsov (13 assists)
  • Dr. John Carlson (23:19 Toy/Game)

Notes: Ovechkin, 37, has two goals and five points in his last three starts. Kuznetsov, 30, has two goals and eight points in his last eight games. Carlson, 32, has three goals and four points in his last four. Dylan Strom scored a goal and four in his last four points; LW Anthony Mantha has not scored in three straight games

Key team stats

Goals Per Game: CGY – 3.05 (T-16) WSH – 2.76 (26)

Goals per game: CGY – 3.21 (18) WSH – 3.19 (15)

Power Running: CGY – 19.7% (23) WSH – 19.5% (24)

Penalty hit: CGY – 81.7% (9th) WSH – 79.7% (T-15th)

Shots per game: CGY – 35.7 (3rd) WSH – 30 (22)

Shots per game: CGY – 28.5 (V) WSH – 31 (11)

Facing-off winning percentage: CGY – 49.4% (T-19th) – 47.2% (24)

5v5 Corsi%: CGY –5 4.8% (4th) WSH – 51.18% (11th)

5v5 x Goals Against%: CGY – 53.3% (9) WSH – 48.24% (22)

5v5 SCF%: CGY – 51.94% (T-11th) WSH – 50.38% (16)

5v5 shooting %: CGY – 7.65% (23) WSH – 7.81% (18)

5v5 Save %: CGY – .9033 (28) WSH – .915 (18)

5v5 PDO: CGY – .98 (31th) WSH – .993 (19th)

Goalkeepers expected to start

Calgary: Dan Vladar, 25 – 1-3-1, .907 save percentage, 2.77 goals against average in five games; 1-2-0, .821 save percentage, 4.97 save percentage in three career games vs. Washington

Washington: Charlie Lindgren, 28, 2-1-2, . 905 save percentage, 3.13 goals against average in six games; First career start against Calgary

Injuries / illnesses

Calgary

  • RW Brett Richey (undisclosed, will miss the third game in a row, day in and day out)
  • Michael Stone (undisclosed, tenth, indefinite)
  • Oliver Killington (personal, No. 20, indefinite)

Washington

  • RW Connor Brown (lower body, eighteenth, indefinite)
  • Dmitry Orlov (lower body, ninth, day by day)
  • LW Carl Hagelin (hip, 22, indefinite)
  • RW Tom Wilson (ACL, 22, indefinite)
  • Niklas Backstrom (hip, 22, indefinitely)
  • LW Beck Malenstyn (finger, 11, week to week)

projected fonts

Calgary

Rosica – Lindholm – Toffoli
Dubey – Qadri – Mangyappan
Huberdeau – Backlund – Coleman
Milan Lucic – Kevin Rooney – Trevor Lewis

Hanifin – Anderson
Nikita Zadorov – Mackenzie Weigher
Dennis Gilbert – Chris Tanev

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Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: De Connor Mackie

Washington

Ovechkin – Strome – Conor Sheary
Sonny Milano – Kuznetsov – TJ O’Shea
Marcus Johansson – Lars Eller – Anthony Mantha
Nicholas Opp-Koppel – Nick Dodd – Garnet Hathaway

Eric Gustafson – John Carlson
Martin Fehrvary – Nick Jensen
Matt Irwin – Trevor van Riemsdyk

Lindgren
Darcy Comber

Scratch: LW Joe Snively, D Alexander Alexeyev, C Aliaksei Protas

Game notes

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a huge fan of hockey caps and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at the age of eight and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest memory with the Caps was watching the Capitals lift the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, photographing, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077

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