Even before the puck drops there is a chance for Caps fans to win some Alex Ovechkin memorabilia:
“The Capitals have partnered with NBC Sports Washington for Authentic Fan Friday! The first 500 fans to visit the NBC Sports Washington table at Section 423 will receive a limited amount of Ovi cheer cards.” (Caps Game info) Click here for a chance to win an original painting by Taylor Kampa Olson as a Caps Authentic Fan. Runs from 6 to 10 pm.
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It is also Opioid Awareness Night at Capital One Arena tonight. Read more about what to expect here.
The game gets going with former Capitals’ coach Bruce Boudreau on the enemy bench. The Minnesota Wild sit 34-32-9 coming into tonight’s matchup. They are 19-15-2 on the road after 37 road games. So far they score more frequently in the second period, meaning the Caps can’t afford to relax at all if they want to take the win. Fortunately the second period is also the Capitals highest scoring period this season. The Wild have a strong penalty kill which will make it harder for the boys in red to score on the power play. Except that they have the PP King, Alex Ovechkin.
Projected lines for tonight:
Ovechkin Backstrom Wilson
Vrana Kuznetsov Oshie
Hagelin Eller Connolly
Burakovsky Dowd Boyd
Djoos & Carlson
Orlov & Niskanen
Orpik & Jensen
Braden Holtby in the net.
Carl Hagelin is out sick.
Andre Burakovsky is on the third line.
Chandler Stephenson and Travis Boyd are in with Dowd.
Michal Kempny will be our indefinitely, according to Coach Reirden. No return date yet.
There are three players who could possibly set new milestones on Friday, according to the game notes:
Alex Ovechkin – Two goals shy of passing Brendan Shanahan (656) for 13th place on the NHL’s all-time goals list. And two goals shy of 50.
Braden Holtby – One shutout shy of passing Olie Kolzig (35) for first place on the franchise shutout list
John Carlson – Two points shy of 400 career points
And, Nicklas Backstrom is two goals shy of 20.
Fun Facts about the Capitals playing against the Wild:
“Washington has won eight consecutive games against Minnesota. Alex Ovechkin leads the team with 26 points (15g, 11a) in 15 career games against Minnesota. Ovechkin has earned a point in 13 consecutive games and in 14 of his 15 career games against the Wild. Ovechkin’s 1.00 goals per game against Minnesota is his highest goals per game average against any individual franchise. Ovechkin has recorded two hat tricks in his last seven games against the Wild. Nicklas Backstrom has earned 19 points (2g, 17a) in 15 career games and 12 assists in his last eight games against the Wild. Braden Holtby is 8-2-0 in his career against Minnesota with one shutout, a 2.29 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. Holtby has won five consecutive games against the Wild.”
Let’s hope they make it nine tonight.