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NHL Preview: Florida Panthers (27-24-6) at Washington Capitals (28-22-6)



  • F Anthony Duclair | Games Missed: 57
  • F Patric Hornqvist | Games Missed: 32
    Total Man Games Lost Due to Injury: 173

Panthers 2, Blues 6 – Feb. 14 – Enterprise Center
FLA Goals: Luostarinen (13), Verhaeghe (29)
STL Goals: Schenn (14-PPG, 15), Leddy (2), O’Reilly (12), Kyrou (24), Barbashev (10)
FLA Goalie: Knight (L) – 22 Saves
STL Goalie: Binnington (W) – 34 Saves
FLA Shots: 36
STL Shots: 28
Notes: Eetu Luostarinen scored a goal for the second consecutive game and established a new single season career high in points (27)…Carter Verhaeghe produced two points (1-1-2)…Matthew Tkachuk notched two assists…Aaron Ekblad skated in his 600th NHL Game…FLA PP: 0-2, FLA PK: 1-2


  • Feb. 12: F Grigori Denisenko recalled from Charlotte (AHL)
  • Feb. 10: D Josh Mahura agreed to terms on one-year contract extension through 2023-24
  • Feb. 6: G Alex Lyon loaned to Charlotte (AHL)

ALL-TIME vs. WSH: 56-56-9-11
ALL-TIME ROAD vs. WSH: 24-32-5-4
2022-23 vs. WSH: 1-0-0


  • Aleksander Barkov has amassed 21 points (7-14-21) over 26 career games against Washington.

Tonight’s game marks Florida’s third of a four-game road swing. Following games played Feb. 14, the Panthers 31 road games played were second only to Arizona’s 33. The Cats have earned at least a point in five of their past seven road games (3-2-2) since Jan. 16. Their 34.5 shots on goal per game on the road rank second among NHL teams. Matthew Tkachuk leads Florida with 35 road points (13-22-35), tied for fourth-most among League skaters.

The Panthers face off against the Capitals for the second of three meetings this season, and the first at Capital One Arena. Florida defeated Washington 5-2 at FLA Live Arena on Nov. 15 behind 41 saves from Sergei Bobrovsky, three-point performances from Aleksander Barkov (1-2-3) and Matthew Tkachuk (0-3-3) and two goals from Carter Verhaeghe. The Cats have earned wins in three of their past four matchups against the Caps since Nov. 4, 2021, and own a 9-3-1 record against Washington since April 9, 2017.

The Panthers own a 90.5 penalty kill success rate (19/21) since Jan. 27, ranking fourth-best among teams from Jan. 27-Feb. 14. Florida has scored five shorthanded goals this season: Anton Lundell (2), Eric Staal (2), Aleksander Barkov.


Washington 2, Carolina Hurricanes 3
February 14, 2023 * Capital One Arena * Washington, DC
Shots: WSH: 36; CAR: 30
Power Plays: WSH: 0/3; CAR: 1/1
Three Stars: 1. Noesen (CAR), 2. Snively (WSH), 3. Andersen (CAR)

Recalled defenseman Dylan McIlrath from AHL Hershey, 2/15
Recalled forward Joe Snively from AHL Hershey, 2/14
Recalled forward Aliaksei Protas from AHL Hershey, 2/10

Carl Hagelin: 10/12/22-2/14/23 (56 games)
Connor Brown: 10/20/22-2/14/23 (52 games)
John Carlson: 10/31/22-11/9/22, 12/27/22-2/14/23 (26 games)
Nic Dowd: 12/17/22, 1/17/23-2/14/23 (11 games)
Tom Wilson: 10/12/22-1/6/23, 2/14/23 (48 games)
Washington Capitals: Media Notes
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)
Anthony Mantha: 2/12/23 (1 game)
Man Games Lost: 325


  • Feb. 18, 8 p.m. ET at Carolina (ABC, ESPN+, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
  • 2023 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series (Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, N.C.)
    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)
    Feb. 26, 1 p.m. ET at Buffalo (NBCSW, NHLN, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)

The Capitals host the Florida Panthers on Thursday at Capital One Arena for the second of three meetings between the teams this season. Washington fell to Florida 5-2 on Nov. 15 at FLA Live Arena in their only previous meeting this season. The Capitals and Panthers will conclude their season series on April 8 in Washington. The Capitals are 67-44-9-12 all-time against the Panthers and have won two-straight games versus Florida at home.

Record Goals For Goals Against Streak
36-17-5-7 205 159 2 WSH wins (11/27/19-11/26/21)

Games Goals Assists Points
Ovechkin (69) Ovechkin (43) Ovechkin (45) Ovechkin (88)
Backstrom (52) Backstrom (13) Backstrom (37) Backstrom (50)
Carlson (40) Carlson/Eller (7) Carlson (19) Carlson (26)

Bounce Back

  • The Capitals are 13-5-1 this season in games following a regulation loss.
  • Since the start of the 2020-21 season, Washington is 38-19-4 in games following a regulation loss and 7-3-0 in games following two consecutive regulation losses.
  • Washington has not lost three-straight regulation games this season.

Team Discipline

  • The Capitals have taken 189 penalties through 56 games this season, the sixth-lowest total in the NHL.
  • On average, the Capitals are shorthanded 2.66 times per game, which is the third-lowest rate in the League.
  • Washington’s +28 net penalty differential ranks second in the NHL.

PK Prowess

  • The Capitals have killed off 17 of 20 opposing power plays (85.0 percent) over their last 11 games, dating back to Jan. 16.
  • The Capitals’ 81.2 penalty kill percentage this season ranks ninth in the NHL, through games played Feb. 14.
  • Per Natural Stat Trick, the Capitals have allowed the fourth-fewest shots on goal (217) while shorthanded this season.
  • Trevor van Riemsdyk (2:26) and Nick Jensen (2:25), who lead the Capitals in shorthanded ice time per game this season, also pace Washington in blocked shots, with van Riemsdyk’s 121 blocked shots ranking tied for seventh in the NHL and Jensen’s 100 ranking 26th, through games played Feb. 14.
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