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Dach to make NHL debut with Chicago; Carlson looks to extend point streak with Washington

by Scott King / Independent Correspondent

CAPITALS (5-2-2) at BLACKHAWKS (2-2-1)



The Game

Kirby Dach, the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, will make his NHL debut with the Chicago Blackhawks against the Washington Capitals at United Center on Sunday.

Chicago recalled the 18-year-old forward from his conditioning assignment with Rockford of the American Hockey League on Friday. He played three games in the AHL and did not have a point after being activated from concussion protocol Oct. 12. 

Washington defenseman John Carlson is tied for the NHL lead in points with 17 (three goals, 14 assists) in nine games. Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid has 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in eight games. Carlson has 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) during a six-game point streak and could become the first Capitals defenseman to have at least three points in three consecutive games.

Washington is 3-1-0 in its past four games.

Chicago has won two straight after going 0-2-1 to start the season.


Players to watch

Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has eight points (four goals, four assists) during a six-game point streak.

Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews has two points (one goal, one assist) in his past two games, including the game-winning goal in a 3-2 overtime victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.


They said it

"[The Blackhawks] are always tough in [the United Center] -- it's an intimidating tough building for a lot of young players. I expect it to be a fun environment" -- Capitals coach Todd Reirden

"It's pretty exciting. Kind of grew up my whole life wanting to do this, so for me to get this opportunity now -- it's awesome. Kind of speechless and at a loss for words. I've just got to go out there and play my game and focus on all the little things that the coaching staff wants me to do." -- Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach


Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie

Carl Hagelin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana -- Lars Eller -- Garnet Hathaway

Brendan Leipsic -- Nic Dowd -- Chandler Stephenson

Jonas Siegenthaler -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Nick Jensen

Michal Kempny -- Radko Gudas

Braden Holtby

Ilya Samsonov

Scratched: Tyler Lewington, Travis Boyd

Injured: Richard Panik (upper body)


Blackhawks projected lineup

Alex DeBrincat -- Jonathan Toews -- Kirby Dach

Andrew Shaw -- Dylan Strome -- Patrick Kane

Brandon Saad -- David Kampf -- Dominik Kubalik

Zack Smith -- Ryan Carpenter -- Drake Caggiula

Duncan Keith -- Connor Murphy

Olli Maatta -- Brent Seabrook

Calvin de Haan -- Erik Gustafsson

Corey Crawford

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Brendan Perlini, Slater Koekkoek, Alexander Nylander

Injured: None.


Status report

The Capitals re-assigned defenseman Martin Fehervary to Hershey of the American Hockey League on Saturday. 


Stat pack

Carlson is the first Capitals defenseman to have at least 15 points in October. He could become the first NHL defenseman to have seven multiple-point games in his first 10 games of a season. … Oshie has four points (three goals, one assist) in a three-game point streak. … Kane has seven points (two goals, five assists) in five games.

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