Thursday, March 30, 2023
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NHL Preview: Washington Capitals (31-28-7) at New York Islanders (34-25-8)

WASHINGTON CAPITALS NOTES:

LAST GAME
Washington 2, New Jersey Devils 3 (SO)
March 9, 2023 * Capital One Arena * Washington, D.C.
Shots: WSH: 22; NJD: 40
Power Plays: WSH: 0/2; NJD: 1/3
Three Stars: 1. Kuemper (WSH), 2. van Riemsdyk (WSH), 3. Mercer (NJD)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Loaned defenseman Vincent Iorio to AHL Hershey, 3/10
Loaned defenseman Dylan McIlrath to AHL Hershey, 3/8
Recalled forward Aliaksei Protas and defenseman Dylan McIlrath from AHL Hershey, 3/5
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

INJURIES/ILLNESSES
Carl Hagelin: 10/12/22-3/9/23 (66 games)
Connor Brown: 10/20/22-3/9/23 (62 games)
John Carlson: 10/31/22-11/9/22, 12/27/22-3/9/23 (36 games)
Martin Fehervary: 12/5/22-12/29/22, 3/4/23-3/9/23 (15 games)
Nick Jensen: 3/4/23-3/9/23 (3 games)
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)
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: 369

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
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)
March 17, 7 p.m. ET vs. St. Louis (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 19, 2 p.m. ET at Minnesota (NBCSW, NHLN, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 21, 7 p.m. ET vs. Columbus (NBCSW+, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Capitals visit the New York Islanders on Saturday at UBS Arena for the second of four meetings between the teams this season. Washington overcame a three-goal deficit to defeat the Islanders 4-3 in overtime on Jan. 16, powered by two points (1g, 1a) from T.J. Oshie and a 27-save performance by Darcy Kuemper. The victory marked Washington’s largest comeback win of the season. The Capitals are 120-96-13-6 all-time versus New York and 9-4-0 in their last 13 games against the Islanders dating back to the 2020-21 season.

AWAY vs. NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Record Goals For Goals Against Streak
59-54-2-3 363 404 1 WSH win (1/16/23)

CAPITALS vs. NEW YORK ISLANDERS (Career Totals)
Games Goals Assists Points
Ovechkin (65) Ovechkin (42) Backstrom (45) Ovechkin (64)
Backstrom (60) Oshie (16) Carlson (23) Backstrom (57)
Carlson (50) Backstrom (12) Ovechkin (22) Oshie (33)

NEW YORK ISLANDERS NOTES:

LAST GAME
DATE NYI RESULT SCORE NYI SCORERS IN GOAL
Thursday, March 9 OT Win NYI 4 at PIT 3 Lee (2), Fasching,
Nelson
Sorokin (33/36)
The New York Islanders entered the second period with a two-goal deficit, but Hudson Fasching and Anders Lee each scored, then Brock Nelson potted the overtime game-winner to help the Islanders defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, Thursday night at PPG Paints Arena. Ilya Sorokin made 33 saves on 36 shots, earning his third straight win, while Noah Dobson, Bo Horvat, and Sebastian Aho each tallied assists to help the Islanders sweep their season series against Pittsburgh

RECENT TRANSACTIONS & UPDATES
Mar. 2 Arnaud Durandeau has been returned on loan to Bridgeport.
Mar. 1 Goaltender Tristan Lennox has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract.

INJURIES GAMES MISSED

3 Adam Pelech Dec. 9 – Jan. 21

8 Noah Dobson Jan. 23 – Jan. 28

10 Simon Holmstrom Dec. 23 – Jan. 6

12 Josh Bailey Nov. 29, Feb. 18 – Feb. 24

13 Mathew Barzal Jan. 6, Feb. 20 –

15 Cal Clutterbuck Oct. 13, Nov. 8, Dec. 2- Dec. 6, Dec. 17 – Jan. 3, Jan. 21 –

20 Hudson Fasching Jan. 19 – Jan. 28

21 Kyle Palmieri Nov. 23 – Dec. 13, Dec. 17 – Jan. 21

25 Sebastian Aho Oct. 13 – Oct. 20

26 Oliver Wahlstrom Oct. 13, Dec. 29 –

40 Semyon Varlamov Dec. 19 – Jan. 1

44 Jean-Gabriel Pageau Feb. 14 –

Man Games Lost: 167

RECENT RESULTS
Thursday, Mar. 9 at Pittsburgh W/OT (4-3)
Tuesday, Mar. 7 vs. Buffalo W (3-2)
Saturday, Mar. 4 vs. Detroit W (4-1)
Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Minnesota L/SO (2-1)
Sunday, Feb. 26 at Winnipeg W (4-0)
Friday, Feb. 24 vs. Los Angeles L (3-2)

UPCOMING GAMES
Mar. 14 at Los Angeles Crypto.com Arena (Los Angeles, CA) 10:30pm
Mar. 15 at Anaheim Honda Center (Anaheim, CA) 10:00pm
Mar. 18 at San Jose SAP Center (San Jose, CA) 10:30pm
Mar. 21 vs. Toronto UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) 7:30PM
Mar. 24 at Columbus Nationwide Arena (Columbus, OH) 7:00pm

VS. WASHINGTON:
Last five meetings (2-2-1)
Jan. 16, 2023 UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) L/OT (4-3)
Apr. 28, 2022 UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) W (5-1)
Apr. 26, 2022 Capital One Arena (Washington, DC) W (4-1)
Jan. 15, 2022 UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) L (2-0)
Apr. 27, 2021 Capital One Arena (Washington, DC) L (1-0)

2022-23 0-0-1
Franchise History 102-103-13-17
NYI Home 57-50-2-9
NYI Away 45-53-11-8

SEASON SERIES
DATE LOCATION RESULT/TIME
Jan. 16, 2023 UBS Arena L/OT, 4-3
Mar. 11, 2023 UBS Arena 7:30pm
Mar. 29, 2023 Capital One Arena 7:30pm
Apr. 10, 2023 Capital One Arena 7:00pm

TEAM NOTES
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
Tonight, the New York Islanders host the Washington Capitals in the second of four meetings between the two clubs this season. The last time these teams met was January 16, at UBS Arena, when Sebastian Aho, Hudson Fasching and Matt Martin each found the back of the net to help the Islanders earn a point in an overtime loss. The Islanders have collected points in their last four consecutive meetings with the Capitals (2-0-2), dating back to March 15, 2022. The Islanders improved to 4-0-1 in their last five games on Thursday night, as Hudson Fasching and Anders Lee each scored in the third period to help the Islanders mount a two-goal deficit, and Brock Nelson potted the game-winner in overtime. It was the Islanders’ fourth straight victory against a Metropolitan Division opponent. The Islanders also have a 7-2-1 record in their last ten games. Amongst Metropolitan teams, they are tied New Jersey for second-best record in that span, behind Carolina (8-2-0).

SERIES SWEEP
Thursday’s victory was the Islanders fourth straight against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It is the first time in franchise history that the Islanders have swept a season series against the Penguins, and the first time since 2014-15 that they will finish a regular season with a winning record in PPG Paints Arena.

PENALTY KILL
The Islanders lead the NHL in home-ice penalty kill, with an 87.5% success rate through 34 games this season. This season, they have allowed 11 power play goals in 88 times shorthanded. Since December, they have allowed just six (53 times shorthanded).

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