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Carolina has won three straight; Ovechkin can pass Selanne for 11th in goals in NHL history

by Harvey Valentine / Independent Correspondent

HURRICANES (27-16-2) at CAPITALS (30-11-5)



The Game

The Carolina Hurricanes will go for their fourth straight win when they play the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Monday.

Carolina is coming off a back to back in which they shut out the Arizona Coyotes on Friday (3-0) and the Los Angeles Kings (2-0) on Saturday. The Hurricanes have won two of the previous three games against the Capitals this season.

Washington has lost two straight games, including 5-1 to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. Alex Ovechkin needs one goal to pass Teemu Selanne (684) for 11th place in NHL history.


Players to watch 

Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 15 games against the Capitals.

Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past eight games.


They said it

"Successful teams, which obviously Washington is, they don't have to change much. You know what you're getting every night and that's the challenge, too. Top to bottom there's no weaknesses on that group, so you have to be on your toes, and you've got to be sharp because they can burn you a lot of different ways." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour

"If we're going to outwork the opponent and we manage the puck, we're going to be just fine. But when we don't, we're going to continue to waiver and struggle, and win some and lose some and make it a game of chance. And right now, that's what's happening too often." -- Capitals coach Todd Reirden


Hurricanes projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Ryan Dzingel -- Erik Haula -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Lucas Wallmark -- Jordan Martinook

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Jake Gardiner -- Brett Pesce

Trevor van Riemsdyk -- Joel Edmundson

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: Justin Williams, Haydn Fleury

Injured: None


Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- T.J. Oshie

Carl Hagelin -- Lars Eller -- Richard Panik

Brendan Leipsic -- Nic Dowd -- Garnet Hathaway

Jonas Siegenthaler -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Nick Jensen

Michal Kempny -- Radko Gudas

Ilya Samsonov

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Travis Boyd

Injured: None  


Status report

Williams,a forward who signed a one-year contract on Jan. 7, participated in Carolina's morning skate. … Washington held an optional morning skate. … Panik, who left the game against the Devils with a facial cut following a high stick from Miles Wood, is expected to play.


Stat pack

Slavin will play in his 349th consecutive game, tying Eric Staal for the second-longest streak in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers history behind Dave Tippett (419). … Hamilton needs one point for 300 in the NHL. … Backstrom has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in an eight-game point streak. … Vrana has six points (five goals, one assist) in a five-game point streak. … Ovechkin has 93 points (41 goals, 52 assists) in 80 games against Carolina.

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