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Washington eyes point in 13th straight game; Philadelphia seeks fifth consecutive victory

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

CAPITALS (13-2-4) at FLYERS (10-5-2)

7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN

 

The Game

The Washington Capitals can extend their point streak to 13 games when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday.

The Capitals are 10-0-2 in their past 12 games, having outscored opponents 54-34. Washington's record for longest point streak is 15 games (14-0-1) from Jan. 13-Feb. 10, 2010.

The Flyers go for their fifth consecutive win and try to extend their point streak to seven games (5-0-1); it's their longest point streak since a run of 10 games (9-0-1) from Jan. 14-Feb. 9, 2019.

Three of Philadelphia's four wins in this stretch have been after regulation, including 3-2 shootout wins at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday and at the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

It also marks the first game for Radko Gudas against the Flyers and Matt Niskanen against the Capitals since the defensemen were traded for each other on June 14.

 

Players to watch

Capitals defenseman John Carlson has six points (one goal, five assists) in a three-game point streak and is two goals from 100 in the NHL.

Flyers defenseman Philippe Myers has a goal in three straight games. He can become the first NHL rookie defenseman with a goal in four straight since Brian Benning of the St. Louis Blues in 1986-87.

 

They said it

"They're doing some good things, got a lot of good young players, different players that we haven't seen in the past. It'll be as always a difficult building to play in and a good challenge tonight." -- Capitals coach Todd Reirden

"You've got to go through it at some point during the year. It's going to be probably a weird feeling stepping on the ice playing against them. But I have a job to do, too. I have responsibilities to my current teammates and I intend to do that." -- Flyers defenseman Matt Niskanen on playing his first game against Washington since being traded to Philadelphia

 

Capitals projected lineup

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

Jakub Vrana -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Tom Wilson

Chandler Stephenson -- Lars Eller -- Richard Panik

Brendan Leipsic -- Nic Dowd -- Garnet Hathaway

Michal Kempny -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Radko Gudas

Jonas Siegenthaler -- Nick Jensen

Braden Holtby

Ilya Samsonov

Scratched: None

Injured: Carl Hagelin (upper body)

 

Flyers projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Claude Giroux -- Joel Farabee

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny

Carsen Twarynski -- Kevin Hayes -- Jakub Voracek

Andy Andreoff -- Michael Raffl -- Tyler Pitlick

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim -- Philippe Myers

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Chris Stewart, Robert Hagg

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder), Scott Laughton (broken finger)

 

Status report

Holtby will start for the Capitals after Samsonov made 32 saves in a 4-3 shootout loss against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. ... The Flyers held an optional morning skate.

 

Stat pack

Vrana has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in his past eight games. … Wilson has nine points (four goals, five assists) in a five-game point streak. ... Ovechkin has 59 points (34 goals, 25 assists) in 53 games against Philadelphia. … Konecny has five points (two goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak. … Couturier has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past seven games. … Giroux has 40 points (20 goals, 20 assists) in 41 games against Washington.

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