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Preview: Capitals team up in Los Angeles on Saturday night

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The Washington Capitals will host the Los Angeles Kings for the first of two meetings this season. The teams split their season streak last season, including a 3-2 win over Los Angeles in their only visit to the district on Dec. 20. Capital One Arena action can be seen on NBC Sports Washington on the market or ESPN+ out of market starting at 7 p.m. ET.

PROGRAM

Los Angeles is ending a five-game road trip in hopes of winning its fourth after a 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

Washington makes a stop at home before setting off again for four in a row on the road. It will be their only match at Capital One Arena in six competitions after a 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators Thursday.

RECORDS

2021-22

Los Angeles: 23-11-7 on the road (fifth in NHL), 44-27-11 (.604) – third in the Pacific Division/sixth in the Western Conference

Washington: 19-16-6 at home (21st), 44-26-12 (.610) — fourth in Metropolitan Division/eighth in Eastern Conference

2022-23

LA: 3-3-0

Washington: 2-3-0 (including 2-1-0 at home)

Team leaders

2021-22

Los Angeles

  • AG Adrian Kempe (35 goals)
  • LW Kevin Fiala (52 assists, 85 points)
  • D Drew Doughty (25:44 TOI average/game)

Washington

  • L.A. Alex Ovechkin (50 goals, 90 points)
  • C Evgeny Kuznetsov (54 assists)
  • D John Carlson (54 assists, 23:49 TOI/game)

2022-23

Los Angeles

  • Two players: Kempe/C Gabriel Vilardi (three goals each)
  • C Anze Kopitar (five assists)
  • Vilardi (seven points)
  • Doughty (27:19 YOU medium/game)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-F4z_NsM7A

Notes – Kempe and Kopitar each have six points

Washington

  • Two players: Anthony Mantha/Conor Sheary (three goals each)
  • Kuznetsov (four assists)
  • Ovechkin (five points)
  • Carlson (average TOI of 24:05/game)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cph5K4l03PE

Notes – Washington has six players (Strome, Sheary, Johansson, Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, RW TJ Oshie) with at least four points this season. 15 of 20 skaters who lined up in at least one game scored a point (all except C Aliaksei Protas, C Connor McMichael, LW Joe Snively, RW Garnet Hathaway, RW Connor Brown)

KEY TEAM STATS

Goals per game: LA – 3.33 (18th) WSH – 3.00 (T-19th)

Goals conceded per game: LA – 4.50 (30th) WSH – 3.60 (24th)

power play: LA – 15.6% (21st) WSH – 27.8% (11th)

Penalty Kill: LA – 75.9% (21st) WSH – 64.3% (30th)

Shots per game: LA – 33.7 (T-14th) WSH – 28.8 (T-22nd)

Shots against per game: LA – 34.5 (25th) WSH – 33 (20th)

% head-to-head wins: LA – 51.1% (T-15th) WSH – 42.4% (29th)

5v5 Corsi-for Percentage: LA – 48.7% (20th) WSH – 47.98% (22nd)

5v5 x Goals-For %: LA – 48.3% (18th) WSH – 45.07% (25th)

SCF 5v5 percentage: LA – 47.39% (20th) WSH – 45.97% (24th)

5v5 shooting percentage: LA – 9.49% (13th) WSH – 9.71% (12th)

5v5 save percentage: LA – 0.8933 (27th) WSH – 0.9213 (11th)

AOP 5v5: LA – 0.988 (21st) WSH – 1.018 (11th)

EXPECTED DEPARTURE GOALKEEPERS

Los Angeles: TBD

— Jonathan Quick, 36 – 1-2-0, .892 save percentage, 3.87 goals-against average in four games this season after going 23-13-9, .910, 2.59 goals-against average, two shutouts in 46 games last; 9-6-0, .913 save percentage, 2.45 goals-against average in 15 career games vs. WSH

– Cal Petersen, 28 – 2-1-0, .842 save percentage, 4.97 goals-against average in three games this season after going 20-14-2, .895 save percentage, average goals against of 2.89 in 37 games in 2021 -22; no career start vs WSH

Washington: Darcy Kuemper, 32 – 2-2-0, .902 save percentage, 3.04 goals-against average in four games; 8-6-3, .929 save percentage, 2.11 goals-against average, three shutouts in 18 career games against Los Angeles; played 19 games with Los Angeles in 2017-18 before being traded to the Arizona Coyotes

INJURIES/ILLNESS

Los Angeles

* D Alexander Edler (upper body, will miss fourth game in a row, long-term out)

* LW Alex Iafallo (lower body, third, week after week)

Washington

* Brown (lower body, second, undefined)

* LW Carl Hagelin (hip, fifth, undefined)

* RW Tom Wilson (ACL, fifth, undefined)

* C Nicklas Backstrom (hip, fifth, undefined)

PROJECTED LINES

Los Angeles

Kempe—Kopitar—Fiala
Trevor Moore — Phillip Danault — Viktor Arvidsson
Arthur Kaliyev — Quinton Byfield — Vilardi
Brendan Lemieux — Blake Lizotte — Carl Grundström

Mikey Anderson—Doughty
Sean Durzi—Matt Roy
Brandt Clarke – Sean Walker

peterson
Fast

Scratched: C Jaret Anderson-Dolan, D Jacob Moverare

Washington

Ovechkin—Lars Eller—Sheary
Protas — Dylan Strome — TJ Oshie
Marcus Johansson— McMichael —Manta
Snivelly —Nic Dowd—Hathaway

Martin Fehervary—Carlson
Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen
Erik Gustafsson — Trevor Van Riemsdyk

Kumper
Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: D Matt Irwin, LW Beck Malenstyn

Game Notes

By Harrison Brown