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Washington defenseman Carlson tries to extend point streak to 10 games; Markstrom in goal for Vancouver

by Kevin Woodley / Independent Correspondent

CAPITALS (7-2-3) at CANUCKS (6-3-0)

10 p.m. ET; SN1, NBCSWA+, ESPN+, NHL.TV


The Game

Defenseman John Carlson will try to extend his point streak to 10 games when the Washington Capitals play the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Friday.

Carlson had one assist in a 4-3 overtime loss at the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, giving him 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) during his point streak. He leads the NHL with 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 12 games, and is four points from tying the League record for most points by a defenseman in October, set by Al MacInnis with the Calgary Flames in 1990-91.

Rookie goalie Ilya Samsonov is expected to start for the Capitals, who are 4-0-1 in their past five games, after Braden Holtby made 37 saves in the loss to Edmonton.

Jacob Markstrom will make his third straight start in goal for the Canucks, who are 6-1-0 in their past seven games after an 0-2-0 start.


Players to watch

Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) during a nine-game point streak. He needs one goal to tie Luc Robitaille (668) for 12th place on the NHL all-time list.

Canucks forward Elias Pettersson has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his past seven games.


They said it

"It never feels good to lose when you have a lead in the third period, but we can take a couple of minutes here to maybe reflect a little bit and then [Friday] start focusing on [the Canucks] and get jacked up to have a good start and go from there." -- Capitals forward T.J. Oshie after losing to the Oilers despite having a 3-1 third-period lead

"That forward group is as dangerous as any in the League, Carlson is having an unbelievable start and they get good goaltending. This is one of those games you look at as a coach and you are excited about it. It will be a good challenge." -- Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green


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

Michal Kempny -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Nick Jensen

Jonas Siegenthaler -- Radko Gudas

Ilya Samsonov

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Tyler Lewington, Travis Boyd

Injured: Richard Panik (upper body)


Canucks projected lineup

J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Micheal Ferland -- Bo Horvat -- Jake Virtanen

Tanner Pearson -- Brandon Sutter -- Josh Leivo

Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Tyler Motte

Alexander Edler -- Tyler Myers

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Jordie Benn -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Loui Eriksson, Oscar Fantenberg

Injured: Antoine Roussel (knee)


Status report

The Capitals did not have a morning skate. … Fantenberg returned to practice Thursday after missing Vancouver's four-game road trip because of illness.


Stat pack

Oshie has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past six games. Wilson has three points (two goals, one assist) during a three-game point streak. … Horvat has four goals in the past two games. Markstrom is 4-0-0 with a .944 save percentage in his past four starts. Hughes has an assist on each of the three power-play goals the Canucks scored in the two games since he was moved onto the top unit.

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