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Washington goes for fourth straight home win; backup Brossoit starts for Edmonton

by Brian McNally / NHL.com Correspondent

OILERS (6-9-1) at CAPITALS (9-7-1)

7 p.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports, SN, NBCSWA, NHL.TV

 

The Game 

The Washington Capitals will try for their fourth consecutive home victory when they host the Edmonton Oilers at Capital One Arena on Sunday.

The Capitals began the season 1-3-0 at home after going 32-7-2 in Washington last season. They have won four of their past five games, and forward Alex Ovechkin is one power-play goal shy of tying Jaromir Jagr and Mike Gartner (217) for 10th place in NHL history. 

Laurent Brossoit will start for the Oilers, who lost to the New York Rangers 4-2 on Saturday. It will be his second start this season. Connor McDavid, who scored against the Rangers, has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past nine games. 

The Capitals defeated the Oilers 5-2 on Oct. 28 in Edmonton.  

 

Players to watch

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl has four goals and five assists in his past eight games. 

Capitals defenseman John Carlson has two goals and four assists in his past five games. 

 

They said it 

"We've got 10 players in the bottom six that have scored about two goals total. That's disappointing. It's flat-out disappointing." -- Oilers coach Brian McLellan on the lack of offense

"Special teams, as much as they didn't have the numbers at home, they did great numbers against [Pittsburgh on Friday]. If we're going to stack up some wins, we're going to have to get all three phases of the game going at the same time." -- Capitals coach Barry Trotz, whose team scored two power-play goals against the Penguins

 

Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Leon Draisaitl

Milan Lucic -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Jesse Puljujarvi

Jujhar Khaira -- Ryan Strome -- Iiro Pakarinen

Brad Malone -- Mark Letestu -- Zack Kassian

Darnell Nurse -- Adam Larsson

Oscar Klefbom -- Matt Benning

Kris Russell -- Yohann Auvitu

Laurent Brossoit

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Jussi Jokinen, Eric Gryba

Injured: Andrej Sekera (knee), Drake Caggiula (ankle), Anton Slepyshev (lower body)  

 

Capitals projected lineup

Chandler Stephenson -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie

Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Devante Smith-Pelly

Jakub Vrana -- Lars Eller -- Tom Wilson

Brett Connolly -- Jay Beagle -- Alex Chiasson

Dmitry Orlov -- Taylor Chorney

Christian Djoos -- John Carlson

Brooks Orpik -- Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Aaron Ness, Nathan Walker

Injured: Andre Burakovsky (fractured left thumb), Tyler Graovac (upper body), Matt Niskanen (upper body)

 

Status report

Connolly (concussion) returns to the lineup for the first time since Oct. 26. ... Niskanen has been cleared for contact, according to Trotz, and will accompany the team on their road trip against the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche. … Auvitu returns to the lineup for the first time since Nov. 1. …Khaira will play for the first time since Oct. 28. 

 

Stat pack

Entering play Sunday, the Oilers penalty kill ranked last in the League (69.8 percent). … The Capitals have scored 16 goals each in the first, second and third periods.

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