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NHL Preview: Washington Capitals (28-23-6) at Carolina Hurricanes (36-10-8)


Washington 3, Florida Panthers 6
February 16, 2023 * Capital One Arena * Washington, D.C.
Shots: WSH: 32; FLA: 36
Power Plays: WSH: 2/5; FLA: 0/2
Three Stars: 1. Verhaeghe (FLA), 2. Gustafsson (WSH), 3. Barkov (FLA)

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: 10/12/22-2/16/23 (57 games)
Connor Brown: 10/20/22-2/16/23 (53 games)
John Carlson: 10/31/22-11/9/22, 12/27/22-2/16/23 (27 games)
Nic Dowd: 12/17/22, 1/17/23-2/16/23 (12 games)
Tom Wilson: 10/12/22-1/6/23, 2/16/23 (49 games)
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)
Washington Capitals: Media Notes
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: 330

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)
March 1, 10 p.m. ET at Buffalo (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)

The Capitals face the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2023 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series game at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday. Washington is 103-57-14-10 all-time versus the Carolina/Hartford franchise and 9-3-2 in their last 14 games against the Hurricanes dating back to the 2018-19 season. In addition, the Capitals have earned at least one point in four-straight road games (3-0-1) against Carolina.

Record Goals For Goals Against Streak
48-29-10-5 275 262 1 CAR win (10/31/22)

Games Goals Assists Points
Ovechkin (86) Ovechkin (47) Ovechkin (52) Ovechkin (99)
Backstrom (65) Backstrom (15) Backstrom (47) Backstrom (62)
Carlson (50) Eller (11) Carlson (28) Carlson (37)

Heading Outside

  • Saturday’s Stadium Series game will mark the fourth regular-season outdoor game for the Capitals, who are 3-0-0 in their previous appearances (2011 Winter Classic, 2015 Winter Classic and 2018 Stadium Series).
  • Washington’s three outdoor game wins are the third-most in NHL history (New York Rangers and Boston Bruins: 4 wins). With a victory over Carolina, the Capitals would join the New York Rangers as the only two franchises to win each of its first four outdoor game appearances.
  • Nineteen members of the Capitals have dressed for at least one NHL outdoor game, including 15 that are currently on the active roster. Nine of those nineteen have appeared in a previous outdoor game with the Capitals.

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 .625 points percentage versus Carolina/Hartford is the fourth highest in franchise history, excluding Seattle (vs. Tampa Bay: .680; vs. Columbus: .680; vs. Winnipeg/Atlanta: .639).
  • The Capitals have a record of 70-36-7-10 (.638 points percentage) against the Hurricanes since 1997-98, the team’s first season in Raleigh.

Metro Matchup

  • The Capitals are 9-5-1 (.633 point percentage) against Metropolitan Division opponents this season.
  • Including Saturday’s game, Washington has 11 games remaining against Metropolitan Division opponents over their final 25 regular season games.


The Hurricanes posted a 6-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens at PNC Arena on Thursday, after Cam Ward was inducted into the Hurricanes Hall of Fame. Eleven different Hurricanes skaters found the scoresheet, with Andrei Svechnikov (3a) matching his career high in assists and Seth Jarvis (3g) scoring his first career hat trick, capped by his first career shorthanded goal. Sebastian Aho (1g, 1a) and Brent Burns (2a) each posted two points, while Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Jordan Staal also lit the lamp for Carolina. Antti Raanta stopped 20 of 22 shots in net in the win, earning a point for the 13th consecutive decision.

Jake Gardiner, upper-body, missed 54 games (10/12-2/16)
Ondrej Kase, concussion, missed 53 games (10/14-2/16)
Max Pacioretty, torn Achilles, missed nine games (1/21-2/16)
2022-23 Man-Games Lost Due to Injury: 212


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
Feb. 25 Anaheim 7 p.m. BSSO HRN
March 1 at Vegas 10 p.m. TNT HRN

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

Feb. 18 Saturday Invisalign Arena 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 19 Sunday No practice
Feb. 20 Monday PNC Arena 11 a.m.
Feb. 21 Tuesday PNC Arena 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 22 Wednesday Invisalign Arena 11 a.m.

  • All times are local. Times and locations are subject to change.

— Carolina is facing Washington in the third and final meeting between the teams during the 2022-23 season.

— The Hurricanes and Capitals are meeting for the 185th time in their regular-season histories. Carolina holds a 67-90-14-13 overall record, including a 34-42-10-6 home record and a 46-57-7-13 record since relocation.

— The Hurricanes are 5-7-2 in their last 14 regular-season games against the Capitals (Washington: 9-3-2).

— Carolina leads the season series 2-0-0 in 2022-23 (Washington: 0-1-1).

— 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.

— Carolina posted a 3-2 win over Washington at Capital One Arena on 2/14. Brent Burns, Stefan Noesen and Paul Stastny each scored for the Hurricanes, while Frederik Andersen stopped 34 of 36 shots faced in net.

— Sebastian Aho has recorded 19 points (9g, 10a) in 22 career regular-season games against the Capitals.

— Brent Burns has earned 21 points (7g, 14a) in 24 career regular-season games against Washington.

— Martin Necas has registered eight points (3g, 5a) in 10 career regular-season games against the Capitals.

— Paul Stastny has tallied 17 points (2g, 15a) in 20 career regular-season games against Washington.

— Teuvo Teravainen has posted 17 points (5g, 12a) in 24 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).

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