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Washington's Ovechkin one power-play goal from third in NHL history; Los Angeles 7-1-1 in past nine home games

by Dan Greenspan / Independent Correspondent

CAPITALS (20-4-5) at KINGS (11-15-2)

10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN, FS-W, NBCSWA, NHL.TV 


The Game 

Alex Ovechkin can pass Teemu Selanne for third place in NHL power-play goals when the Washington Capitals face the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Wednesday. 

The forward has scored 255 goals on the man-advantage in his NHL career. He has six points (five goals, one assist) in his past four games and scored three power-play goals in two games against the Kings last season.

The Capitals defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Tuesday for their fourth straight win. It is the third winning streak of at least four games for Washington this season.

The Kings are 7-1-1 in their past nine home games.


Players to watch

Capitals forward Jakub Vrana has seven points (four goals, three assists) during a five-game streak.

Kings center Nikolai Prokhorkin has scored in consecutive games. He has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past five games.


They said it

"Our team is playing well, so that's what I care about. It's nice to see the puck go in, always, there's no doubt about that. But whoever is scoring 'em, it's good for me." -- Capitals defenseman John Carlson

"We have a lot of confidence at home, you know. We've been playing good hockey at home, so we know what we're going to get every time." -- Kings forward Adrian Kempe


Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana -- Travis Boyd -- T.J. Oshie

Carl Hagelin -- Lars Eller -- Richard Panik

Brendan Leipsic -- Nic Dowd -- Garnet Hathaway

Michal Kempny -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Nick Jensen

Jonas Siegenthaler -- Radko Gudas

Ilya Samsonov

Braden Holtby

Injured: Nicklas Backstrom (upper body)


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Jeff Carter -- Michael Amadio -- Tyler Toffoli

Adrian Kempe -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner

Kyle Clifford -- Nikolai Prokhorkin -- Trevor Lewis

Joakim Ryan -- Drew Doughty

Kurtis MacDermid -- Sean Walker

Ben Hutton -- Matt Roy

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Paul LaDue, Ilya Kovalchuk, Matt Luff

Injured: Alec Martinez (wrist), Derek Forbort (back)


Status report

Backstrom will missing his seventh game. He has practiced this week, including a conditioning workout Tuesday, but coach Todd Reirden said he will not play until he is 100 percent ready. … Gudas' status is unknown after he was elbowed in the head by Sharks forward Evander Kane in the third period Tuesday. … The Capitals did not skate Wednesday.


Stat pack

The Capitals are 6-0-3 against the Pacific Division. … Ovechkin has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 19 games against the Kings. … Quick is 9-3-0 with a 2.55 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 12 games against the Capitals.

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