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Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes: Preview, Lineups and Game Discussion

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The Hurricanes try to “Cap” off a back-to-back sweep of Washington.

NHL: JAN 11 Hurricanes at Capitals Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Hurricanes broke Washington’s 10-game home win streak on Thursday night, and now they’ll try to start a new home win streak of their own at PNC Arena against the Capitals.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 8-6 11-5
Goals/Game 2.79 3.31
Goals Against/Game 2.71 2.06
Shots/Game 30.9 34.3
Faceoff % 49.1% 53.3%
Power Play % (Rank) 10.0% (14) 31.9% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 70.8% (14) 85.7% (4)
ES Corsi For % 55.61% 51.66%
ES PDO 101.2% 101.0
PIM/Game 8:38 6:30

Goaltender #1

Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Record 5-5 11-5
Save % .894 .939
GAA 2.73 1.96

Goaltender #2

Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Record 3-1 0-0
Save % .943 N/A
GAA 1.70 N/A

Brett Pesce has been placed on injured reserve after tumbling on a morning-practice slap shot yesterday. He had an MRI this morning which...apparently wasn’t good.

The open spot on the roster was filled by Lucas Wallmark, who has scored one goal and two assists in ten games with the Canes this season. Wallmark could fill Derek Ryan’s spot in the lineup after he was boarded by Tom Wilson in Thursday night’s game, but all indications so far point to Ryan manning his line.

Bill Peters said before Thursday’s game that Cam Ward would likely man the goal tonight, but after Darling’s sleek black pads helped him save 27 of 28 shots, the option is there to keep the hot hand in goal again. Ward had a great streak of wins in November through December, but has dropped the last two games, allowing seven (!) goals on 36 shots (including an 0/2 start before being pulled against the Bruins in the opening minutes).

There was no morning skate to break up to the back-to-back matches, but here’s a projected lineup based off of last night’s speedy lines and Bill Peters’ words:

Sebastian Aho - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm

Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Teuvo Teravainen

Brock McGinn - Derek Ryan - Justin Williams

Joakim Nordstrom - Marcus Kruger - Josh Jooris

Jaccob Slavin - Justin Faulk

Klas Dahlbeck - Haydn Fleury

Noah Hanifin - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Cam Ward

Scott Darling

Injuries and scratches: Lee Stempniak (healthy), Phil Di Giuseppe (healthy), Lucas Wallmark (healthy), Brett Pesce (IR)

The Washington Capitals will have to find a “desperate” energy that head coach Barry Trotz said was missing from his squad and evident in the Canes on Thurday night.

Expect Philipp Grubauer to take over in net for the Caps. Though he’s the backup, his 2.56 GAA bests Braden Holtby’s 2.66 on the season, with almost identical save percentages (.916 to .917). Shot volume could be a big factor once again for a Carolina victory.

No injuries to report from last night, but Andre Burakovsky remains sidelined with an illness. The Caps recalled Travis Boyd to fill his roster spot.

Without a morning skate, we expect the same lines tonight:

Alexander Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Devante Smith-Pelly

Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson

Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - T.J. Oshie

Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Alex Chiasson

Christian Djoos - John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik - Madison Bowey

Philipp Grubauer

Braden Holtby