The Washington Capitals (35-15-5) will be on the Colorado Avalanche’s (33-16-6) home ice Thursday night at 7:30 pm. This game will be the second of a five-game homestand for the Avalanche and the first of a three-game road trip for the Capitals. These teams are some of the best in the league. Washington sits at the top of the Metropolitan Division and is third in the Eastern Conference. Colorado is second in both the Central Division and the Western Conference. Thursday’s match will be the second of two meetings between these teams, with the last one taking place on October 14th. In that game, an early flood of four Colorado goals ended up proving too much for the Capitals to overcome, and the Avalanche
Capitals Need To Snap Losing Streak To Retain Hold On MetroThe Capitals have a hold on the Metropolitan Division. At least, they currently do. However, a two-game losing streak has let the number two team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, get within three points of the Caps. Washington has dropped four of their last six games, a rare occurrence for the team this season. Despite initially coming hot off the All-Star Break, and an incredible series of games from Ovechkin, the Capitals have struggled in their recent games to find their spark. The most recent dropped game was against the New York Islanders in the last game of a four-game homestand. The Islanders won the game 5-3, mostly due to a strong first period where the Capitals gave up three goals. The next two Islander goals would come in the second period, and there were no goals scored by either side in the third. The Capitals’ three-goal scorers were John Carlson, Lars Eller, and T.J. Oshie. Carlson assisted on Oshie’s goal, and Nicklas Backstrom had a hand in both Carlson and Oshie’s goals. The Capitals had two goaltenders in net that night. First was Ilya Samsonov, who allowed 5 goals on 20 shots faced. After that, Samsonov was pulled and Braden Holtby played the rest of the game. Holtby stopped all 12 shots faced.
Avalanche Look For Sixth Straight VictoryA six-game winning streak is nothing to sneeze at in a high caliber league like the NHL. Being able to find victory for that long against that many teams is the mark of a talented team, and should put Colorado on the radar of anyone who wasn’t already watching the second-best team in the Central Division. Second best could be a ranking of the past for Colorado soon, though, seeing as they’re going into their game against the Capitals only one point behind the number one team, the St. Louis Blues. The most recent win in their campaign of victory was over the Ottawa Senators. It was a 3-0 shutout win for the team who certainly went into the game with advantage. The Senators are struggling this season, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an achievement to win a shutout victory over them or any team. The Avalanche’s first goal was scored late into the first period by Mikko Rantanen. There were no goals scored in the second period, and the two third period goal scorers were Valeri Nichushkin on the powerplay and Gabriel Landeskog. Nathan Mackinnon assisted on Rantanen and Landeskog’s goals. In net for the Avalanche was Philipp Grubauer, who stopped all 34 shots faced.
- The Avalanche are 25-5-5 overall when scoring first.
- The Avalanche are 9-1-4 when leading after the first period at home.
- The Capitals are 15-12-2 overall when their opponent scores first.
- The Capitals are 6-5 overall in one-goal games.