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Washington Capitals vs San Jose Sharks Prediction & Preview

Washington Capitals vs San Jose Sharks 2020-01-05 NHL,

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Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 12:35pm
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Having snapped a two-game skid with a victory in Carolina, the Washington Capitals (1st in Metropolitan Division) are preparing to host the San Jose Sharks (6th in Pacific), who are about to play the second contest of a back-to-back set…

Sharks Bank Win In Ohio

A back-to-back weekend started with a win for the San Jose Sharks (19-21-3), who went 2-1-0 on their current five-date road trip after snatching a 3-2 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena yesterday. Barclay Goodrow (7 goals, 18 points this year), Evander Kane (15 goals, 29 points) and Kevin Labanc (9 goals, 21 points) all found the back of the net, as San Jose recorded its third triumph in the last four outings (3-1-0) after going 1-8-2 in 11 games prior. The team is 8-10-2 on the road for the season.
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Goalie Aaron Dell (6-6-2 on the year with a 2.99 GAA and a .904 save percentage) made 21 saves in Columbus, but will be backing up Martin Jones for the trip to D.C., with the latter having registered a 5-4-0 career total against the Washington Capitals with a 2.79 GAA and a .904 save percentage. Jones is 13-15-1 for the ongoing campaign with a 3.13 GAA and a .893 save percentage. The Sharks, meanwhile, are 6th in least goals scored per game (2.63), 6th in most goals allowed on average (3.30), 28th in power play (14.8%) and top of the league in penalty kill (88.1%).

Caps End Skid In Carolina

A two-game losing run (0-2-0) came to an end for the Washington Capitals (28-9-5), who recorded a 4-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Friday, thus ending a skid, which saw the team post back-to-back regulation losses for the first time this season. Evgeny Kuznetsov (16 goals, 39 points this year) and Lars Eller (9 goals, 23 points) each banked a snipe and an assist, as the Caps have now gone 4-3-0 in their past seven contests. Washington has registered an 11-4-4 total when playing on home ice thus far this year.
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The Capitals open up a two-game homestand on Sunday afternoon against the San Jose Sharks.

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Rookie goalie Ilya Samsonov (11-2-1 on the season with a 2.33 GAA and a .918 save percentage) stopped 38 shots to go 8-0-0 on the road. Expect Braden Holtby back in the crease, though, with the 30-year-old having picked up a 4-4-1 past tally against the San Jose Sharks with a 3.60 GAA and a .881 save percentage. Holtby is 17-7-4 for the rolling year with a 2.99 GAA and a .902 save percentage. The Capitals, meanwhile, are scoring the 5th highest number of goals per game (3.50), while allowing the 9th lowest amount defensively (2.93). They are 10th in power play (22.1%) and 3rd best in penalty kill (84.2%).

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