Thursday, March 30, 2023

NHL Preview: Washington Capitals (30-27-6) at San Jose Sharks (18-32-12)


Washington 3, Anaheim Ducks 2 (OT)
March 1, 2023 * Honda Center * Anaheim, CA
Shots: WSH: 39; ANA: 23
Power Plays: WSH: 0/3; ANA: 0/2
Three Stars: 1. Wilson (WSH), 2. Terry (ANA), 3. Gibson (ANA)

Loaned forward Aliaksei Protas to AHL Hershey, 3/3
Re-signed forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel to a one-year contract extension, 3/3
Recalled defensemen Vincent Iorio and Gabriel Carlsson from AHL Hershey and loaned defenseman Dylan McIlrath to Hershey, 3/3
Signed forward Ethen Frank to a one-year, two-way contract, 3/2
Acquired a second-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft from the Colorado Avalanche for forward Lars Eller, 3/1
Signed forward Ryan Hofer to a three-year entry level contract, 3/1
Re-signed defenseman Nick Jensen to a three-year contract extension, 2/28
Acquired defenseman Rasmus Sandin from the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Erik Gustafsson and Boston’s first-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, 2/28
Acquired a third-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Marcus Johansson, 2/28
Recalled forward Aliaksei Protas from AHL Hershey, 2/24
Acquired a first-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, a second-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft, a third-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft and forward Craig Smith from the Boston Bruins for Dmitry Orlov and forward Garnet Hathaway, 2/23

Carl Hagelin: 10/12/22-3/1/23 (63 games)
Connor Brown: 10/20/22-3/1/23 (59 games)
John Carlson: 10/31/22-11/9/22, 12/27/22-3/1/23 (33 games)
Washington Capitals: Media Notes
Marcus Johansson: 2/25/23-2/26/23 (2 games)
Tom Wilson: 10/12/22-1/6/23, 1/26/23-2/16/23 (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)
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)
Nic Dowd: 12/17/22, 1/17/23-2/18/23 (13 games)
Anthony Mantha: 2/12/23, 2/23/23-2/26/23 (4 games)
Man Games Lost: 354

March 6, 10:30 p.m. ET vs. Los Angeles (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 9, 7 p.m. ET vs. New Jersey (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 11, 7:30 p.m. ET at New York Islanders (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 14, 7 p.m. ET at New York Rangers (ESPN, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 15, 7 p.m. ET vs. Buffalo (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)

The Capitals visit the San Jose Sharks on Saturday at SAP Center for the second and final meeting between the teams this season. Saturday’s contest marks the third game (1-1-0) of a four-game road trip for Washington. In their previous meeting on Feb. 12 at Capital One Arena, the Sharks defeated the Capitals 4-1. Washington has won four-straight games at San Jose dating back to March 10, 2018 and have outscored the Sharks 16-3 in their last four meetings.

Record Goals For Goals Against Streak
9-13-1-0 62 71 4 WSH wins (3/10/18-11/20/21)

Games Goals Assists Points
Oshie (32) Ovechkin (14) Backstrom/Carlson (14) Ovechkin (23)
Smith (31) Oshie (10) Oshie/Smith (12) Oshie (22)
Ovechkin (25) Smith (7) Ovechkin (9) Smith (19)


Game 62 – 3/2 – SJS 3 vs STL 6…Alexander Barabanov (1g, 1a) had a pair of points in the opening frame, his 38th and 39th of the year to match his career high, scoring a goal 3:50 into the contest and adding an assist 2:41 later, but the San Jose Sharks could not maintain a hot start in a loss to St. Louis. Logan Couture (1g, 0a) recorded his 50th point of the season, a goal in the first, to become one of four Sharks all-time to record nine or more 50-point seasons with the club (Thornton – 12, Marleau – 11, Pavelski – 10). Andreas Johnsson (0g, 1a) notched his first point with the club, Steven Lorentz (1g, 0a) netted his first career shorthanded goal and Matt Benning (0g, 1a) pushed his season scoring total to a career-best 22 points.
SJ Goals: Barabanov (12), Couture (21), Lorentz (6)
SF: 25
SA: 23
SJ PP: 0/1
SJ PK: 1/3
W: Greiss
L: Reimer

3/3 Recalled F William Eklund from the San Jose Barracuda
3/3 Acquired F Jacob Peterson in exchange for F Scott Reedy; assigned Peterson to the San Jose Barracuda
3/3 Assigned D Derrick Pouliot to the San Jose Barracuda
3/3 Acquired Winnipeg’s 2025 fourth-round selection in exchange for Vladislav Namestnikov
3/3 Acquired Pittsburgh’s 2023 seventh-round selection and conditional 2024 fifth-round selection (becomes fourth-round if Pittsburgh advances to the 2023 Eastern Conference Final) from Pittsburgh and the rights to D Arvid Henriksson from Montreal in a three-team trade. The Sharks traded F Nick Bonino and the club’s 2024 fifth-round selection to Montreal and D Tony Sund to Pittsburgh. Montreal traded Bonino (50% retained) to Pittsburgh in exchange for Sund.
3/2 Signed D Derrick Pouliot to a one-year, two-way contract
3/1 Acquired F Vladislav Namestnikov from Tampa Bay (50% retained) in exchange for F Mikey Eyssimont

The Capitals continue a west coast road trip Saturday against San Jose, coming into the contest after starting the sojourn with a 3-2 overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. The Capitals have won two of their past three contests entering the Saturday matinee. San Jose claimed the lone meeting between the teams earlier this season, a 4-1 final score in the nation’s capital on Feb. 12.

TRICKS OF THE TRADE…On Feb. 26, San Jose and New Jersey made a blockbuster, 13-piece trade which saw San Jose bolster their collection of draft selections and add to its prospect pool ahead of the upcoming draft. The Sharks acquired three draft selections, two prospects and two roster players in exchange for five players (two roster players and three prospects) and one draft selection. A detailed breakdown and notes on all components of the trade are available below (sorted by draft selection then alphabetical by last name).

PRIME PENALTY KILL…After going 1-for-3 shorthanded against St. Louis on March 2, the Sharks boast the NHL’s fourth-best penalty kill at 83.1-percent on the year. San Jose has operated at a 90.9-percent clip since the All-Star break, fifth-best in the league. The Sharks have finished top-two in the NHL on the PK in two of the past three years, including second (85.2%) in 2021-22 and first (85.7%) in 2019-20.

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