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NHL Preview: Carolina Hurricanes (34-10-8) at Washington Capitals (28-21-6)


The Hurricanes suffered a 6-2 loss against the New York Rangers at PNC Arena on Saturday, as their seven-game win streak and 10-game point streak each came to an end. Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Teuvo Teravainen scored for Carolina, extending their respective point streaks to three games. Andrei Svechnikov also tallied an assist, extending his own assist streak to four games. Frederik Andersen stopped 13 of 18 shots faced in net, suffering his first loss in seven decisions.

Jake Gardiner, upper-body, missed 52 games (10/12-2/11)
Ondrej Kase, concussion, missed 51 games (10/14-2/11)
Max Pacioretty, torn Achilles, missed seven games (1/21-2/11)
2022-23 Man-Games Lost Due to Injury: 206


Feb. 14 at Washington 7 p.m. BSSO HRN
Feb. 16 Montreal 7 p.m. BSSO HRN
Feb. 18 Washington 8 p.m. ABC/ESPN+ HRN
NHL Stadium Series, Carter-Finley Stadium
Feb. 21 St. Louis 7 p.m. BSSO HRN
Feb. 24 Ottawa 7 p.m. BSSO HRN

  • All times are Eastern | BSSO = Bally Sports South | HRN = Hurricanes Radio Network

— Carolina is facing Washington in the second of three meetings between the teams during the 2022-23 season. The Capitals travel to Raleigh for the NHL Stadium Series at Carter-Finley Stadium on 2/18.

— The Hurricanes and Capitals are meeting for the 184th time in their regular-season histories. Carolina holds a 66-90-14-13 overall record, including a 32-48-4-7 road record and a 45-57-7-13 record since relocation.

— The Hurricanes are 4-7-2 in their last 13 regular-season games against the Capitals (Washington: 9-2-2).

— Carolina leads the season series 1-0-0 in 2022-23 (Washington: 0-0-1).

— The Hurricanes earned a 3-2 shootout win against the Capitals at PNC Arena on 10/31. Stefan Noesen and Andrei Svechnikov each scored for Carolina, while Martin Necas tallied two assists. Brent Burns and Svechnikov scored in the shootout, with Svechnikov’s second-round goal standing as the game-deciding goal. Frederik Andersen stopped 18 of 20 shots faced in net.

— Sebastian Aho has recorded 19 points (9g, 10a) in 21 career regular-season games against the Capitals.

— Brent Burns has earned 20 points (6g, 14a) in 23 career regular-season games against Washington.

— Martin Necas has registered eight points (3g, 5a) in nine career regular-season games against the Capitals.

— Paul Stastny has tallied 16 points (1g, 15a) in 19 career regular-season games against Washington.

— Teuvo Teravainen has posted 16 points (5g, 11a) in 23 career regular-season games against the Capitals.

— Trevor van Riemsdyk recorded 38 points (7g, 31a) in 206 NHL games with the Hurricanes from 2017-20. Acquired from VGK along with a seventh-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft (Riley Hughes) in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (Jake Leschyshyn) on 6/22/17, he signed with Washington as a free agent on 10/10/20.

— Hurricanes Assistant Coach Tim Gleason skated in 17 NHL games with the Capitals in 2015, earning two assists. He was traded by Carolina to Washington in exchange for Jack Hillen and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (Callum Booth) on 2/28/15.

— Capitals Head Coach Peter Laviolette coached the Hurricanes from 12/15/03-12/3/08, posting a 167-122-6-28 record and leading the Hurricanes to their first Stanley Cup in 2006.

— Capitals Assistant Coach Kevin McCarthy served in the same capacity with Hartford from 1992-95 and with Carolina from 1999-2009. McCarthy also served as head coach of the franchise’s AHL affiliates in Springfield (1995-97) and New Haven (1997-99).


Washington 1, San Jose Sharks 4
February 12, 2023 * Capital One Arena * Washington, DC
Shots: WSH: 21; SJS: 33
Power Plays: WSH: 0/3; SJS 1/4
Three Stars: 1. Karlsson (SJS), 2. Barabanov (SJS), 3. Kuznetsov (WSH)

Recalled forward Aliaksei Protas from AHL Hershey, 2/10
Signed forward Sonny Milano to a three-year contract extension, 2/4
Signed forward Dylan Strome to a five-year contract extension, 2/3

Carl Hagelin: 10/12/22-2/12/23 (55 games)
Connor Brown: 10/20/22-2/12/23 (51 games)
John Carlson: 10/31/22-11/9/22, 12/27/22-2/12/23 (25 games)
Nic Dowd: 12/17/22, 1/17/23-2/12/23 (10 games)
Tom Wilson: 10/12/22-1/6/23, 2/12/23 (47 games)
Washington Capitals: Media Notes
Anthony Mantha: 2/12/23 (1 game)
Nicklas Backstrom: 10/12/22-1/6/23, 1/24/22 (43 games)
Alex Ovechkin: 12/21/22 (1 game)
Dmitry Orlov: 11/7/22-12/9/22 (16 games)
Erik Gustafsson: 12/11/22 (1 game)
Lars Eller: 12/13/22 (1 game)
Sonny Milano: 12/15/22 (1 game)
Darcy Kuemper: 12/5/22-12/17/22 (7 games)
Hunter Shepard: 12/17/22 (1 game)
Alex Alexeyev: 12/11/22-12/19/22 (5 games)
Beck Malenstyn: 11/3/22-12/27/22 (26 games)
Martin Fehervary: 12/5/22-12/29/22 (12 games)
T.J. Oshie: 10/31/22-11/19/22, 12/19/22-12/31/22 (17 games)
Man Games Lost: 320

Feb. 16, 7 p.m. ET vs. Florida (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)

  • Feb. 18, 8 p.m. ET at Carolina (ABC, ESPN+, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
    Feb. 21, 7 p.m. ET vs. Detroit (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
    Feb. 23, 7 p.m. ET vs. Anaheim (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
    Feb. 25, 1 p.m. ET vs. New York Rangers (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
  • 2023 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series (Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, N.C.)

The Capitals host the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday at Capital One Arena for the second of three meetings between the teams this season. The Capitals and Hurricanes will conclude their season series on Saturday in the 2023 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. Washington is 103-56-14-10 all-time versus the Carolina/Hartford franchise and 9-2-2 in their last 13 games against the Hurricanes dating back to the 2018-19 season.

Record Goals For Goals Against Streak
55-27-4-5 289 226 1 CAR win (3/28/22)

Games Goals Assists Points
Ovechkin (86) Ovechkin (47) Ovechkin (52) Ovechkin (99)
Backstrom (64) Backstrom (15) Backstrom (47) Backstrom (62)
Carlson (50) Eller (11) Carlson (28) Carlson (37)

Caps vs. the Canes

  • The Capitals’ 103 wins versus the Carolina/Hartford franchise are the fifth most against a single opponent in franchise history (vs. New Jersey/Colorado/Kansas City: 124 wins; vs. New York Islanders: 120 wins; vs. New York Rangers: 114 wins; vs. Pittsburgh: 106 wins).
  • Washington’s .628 points percentage versus Carolina/Hartford is the fourth highest in franchise history (vs. Tampa Bay: .680; vs. Columbus: .680; vs. Winnipeg/Atlanta: .639).
  • The Capitals have a record of 70-35-7-10 (.643 points percentage) against the Hurricanes since 1997-98, the team’s first season in Raleigh.
  • In 2021-22, Washington won the season series with Carolina 3-1-0. Carolina won the only previous meeting between the teams this season, 3-2 (SO), on Oct. 31 at PNC Arena.
  • Alex Ovechkin has recorded 99 points (47g, 52a) in 86 career games against Carolina, the most points he has recorded against a single opponent.
  • Ovechkin’s 99 career points are the seventh most against the Carolina/Hartford franchise in NHL history.
  • Ovechkin’s 47 career goals against the Hurricanes are tied for the third-most goals he has scored against a single franchise (Winnipeg/Atlanta: 53; Tampa Bay: 50; Philadelphia: 47).
  • Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom (15g-47a–62p in 64 GP vs. Carolina) are the leading point scorers against the Hurricanes among active players.

Metro Matchup

  • The Capitals are 9-4-1 (.679 point percentage) against Metropolitan Division opponents this season.
  • Washington’s .679 point percentage in division games is the second highest among Metropolitan Division teams (Carolina: .750).
  • Including Tuesday’s game, Washington has 12 games remaining against Metropolitan Division opponents over their final 27 regular season games.
  • Last season, the Capitals tied for the second-best record (16-9-1, .635 point percentage) among Metropolitan Division teams in division games.

PK Prowess

  • The Capitals have killed off 17 of 19 opposing power plays (89.5 percent) over their last 10 games, dating back to Jan. 16.
  • The Capitals’ 81.8 penalty kill percentage this season ranks seventh in the NHL, through games played Feb. 12.
  • Per Natural Stat Trick, the Capitals have allowed the fifth-fewest shots on goal while shorthanded (216).
  • Trevor van Riemsdyk (2:28) and Nick Jensen (2:27), who lead the Capitals in shorthanded ice time per game this season, also pace Washington in blocked shots, with van Riemsdyk’s 117 blocked shots ranking ninth in the NHL and Jensen’s 99 ranking tied for 25th, through games played Feb. 12.
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