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The Washington Capitals will look to end their four-game losing streak against the Edmonton Oilers tonight – a team that has an electrifying offense and a defense that has given up the ninth most goals (42) in the NHL.
The Capitals will take on the Oilers without their entire first pairing of Dmitry Orlov and John Carlson due to injury. Per Mike Vogel, this will be only the third Caps game in the last 927 regular season games – dating back to 4/6/10 – that both defensemen have not appeared in the same game.
What to watch for? How detailed this live blog will be. Just to be blunt, I feel awful. I got the flu from my son and it has the worst elements of COVID combined with the worst elements of the flu. Over the weekend, I slept 36 hours during a two-day span and felt worse. I’ve gone through 4 boxes of tissues by myself.
Nicolas Aube-Kubel is making his Capitals debut after being a waiver claim from the Toronto Maple Leafs. At this point, there are so many guys injured, we’re just picking up randos off the street and hoping they work out.
Connor McDavid is on a wild pace to start the season. He has 12 goals and 13 assists… in 12 games. This may be the best he’s ever played which is scary considering the previous years of his career.
The Oilers overall have five players who are averaging a point per game or more: McDavid, Draisaitl (23 pts), Zach Hyman (13), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (13), and Evander Kane (12). The Capitals on the other hand, have none.
Tonight’s puck drop is after 8 pm on NBC Sports Washington.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) November 8, 2022
TVR gets the second A tonight with Orolvo out of the lineup.
Capitals started the first line (Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Sheary) and the second defense pairing (Gustafsson-TVR) against the Oilers. The Capitals third line had two great chances early but Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner made great saves.
Sonny Milano beat Skinner on a semi-breakaway, but the puck hit the crossbar and bounced out. The goal was ruled a goal by one official on the ice, but after the group conferred together, they called it back.
Aube-Kubel dropped Kane like he dropped the Cup. The jokes write themselves.
Aube-Kubel with a great hit on Evander Kane pic.twitter.com/rTEOzkt4QD
— HockeyKot (@hockeykot) November 8, 2022
Lars Eller and Anthony Mantha hit the post with shots on the same shift.
🚨 1-0 Capitals. Dylan Strome stole the puck from Warren Foegele along the boards after an impassioned backcheck and scored on the semi-breakaway. He beat Skinner to the top corner with a perfectly placed shot. That was Strome’s third goal as a Capital. The goal came unassisted at the 18:15 mark of the first period. (Video)
The Capitals led the first period in shots 11-9 and 5v5 attempts 25-16.
🚨 2-0 Capitals. Strome scored again after a beautiful indirect pass/shot from Evgeny Kuznetsov on the power play. The PPG came 26 seconds into the period. (Video)
🚨 2-1 Capitals. Connor McDavid scored in his 500th career game. With the Oilers and Caps playing 4-on-4, Draisaitl and McDavid played catch with the puck before the Oilers captain skated through everyone and scored. One of the most beautiful goals you’re going to see at Capital One Arena this year.
🚨 3-1 Capitals. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his first goal of the year on a five-on-three powerplay. Dylan Strome hit Kuzy with a perfect cross-crease pass for a shot on an empty net. (Video)
🚨 3-2 Capitals. At the end of the Caps’ 5-on-4 power play, Ovi got stripped at Edmonton’s bench by Zach Hyman and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored on the two-on-one break. Yikes. Bad goal to give up 1:45 later.
There were five goals scored in the second period. The Capitals lead in shots 24-15 and 5v5 attempts 39-27.
🚨 4-3 Oilers. Leon Draisaitl scored 2:54 into the third period to make this a game again. Hyman fed Draisaitl for the tap-in.
Oilers nearly tie it up several times trying to come back but Charlie Lindgren comes up big for the Capitals.
🚨 5-3 Oilers. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored after a highlight-reel assist by Alex Ovechkin where he went through-his-legs.
🚨 5-4 Oilers. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scores again in front of the net after he loses Martin Fehervary in front of the net.
Capitals hold on to win 5-4. They out-shot the Oilers 31-29 and out-attempted that 5v5, 51-48.
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