Preview: Edmonton at Washington

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Friday, February 24, 2017
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District Of Columbia
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EDM Edge in: WAS
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Superstars Alex Ovechkin and Connor McDavid will square off for the third time when the NHL-leading Washington Capitals host the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night. McDavid, the league scoring leader in his second season, will be making his first appearance at Verizon Center as the Oilers continue their six-game road trip.

Edmonton improved to 4-1-0 in its last five games with a 4-3 overtime victory at Florida that snapped the Panthers' five-game winning streak. McDavid set up a pair of goals in a 4-1 home win over the Capitals on Oct. 26 and has the surprising Oilers in a tie for second place in the Pacific Division, three points behind San Jose. Washington's high-powered offense has not been as reliant on Ovechkin, who collected a pair of assists in Wednesday's 4-1 win at Philadelphia as the Capitals avoided a season high-tying three-game losing streak. "We lost two in a row and that's something we don't like, so it was important for our confidence and our whole team that we get a win and hopefully we can build off this," red-hot center Nicklas Backstrom said.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NHL Network, TVAS, Sportsnet (Edmonton), CSN Mid-Atlantic (Washington)

ABOUT THE OILERS (33-20-8): McDavid set up Kris Russell's game-winner at Florida, his 48th assist and 39th point away from home -- both league-best totals. Edmonton is among the NHL's best road teams with 18 wins and much of that success is attributed to workhorse netminder Cam Talbot, who has appeared in a league-high 54 games and owns a sparking 16-6-5 mark with four shutouts away from home. The Oilers have had only four power-play chances in the past four games, converting once.

ABOUT THE CAPITALS (40-12-7): Although Ovechin failed to register a shot on goal for the first time since March 2013, he was among seven Washington players with multiple points against Philadelphia. Centers Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nos. 1-2 on the team in assists, combined for three goals and kept up their respecting hot streaks. Backstrom has 33 points in his last 22 games to boost his team-leading total to 63 while Kuznetsov has amassed 38 points in the last 39 contests.

OVERTIME

1. Ovechkin has 10 goals and 17 points in 13 games versus the Oilers.

2. Edmonton's Oscar Klefbom is tied for third among NHL defensemen with 11 goals.

3. Capitals D Matt Niskanen suffered a lower-body injury in Wednesday's game and sat out Thursday's practice.

PREDICTION: Capitals 3, Oilers 1

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Edmonton 33-20-4-4 W1 15-10-1-2 18-10-3-2 3-2-0-0 30-18-4-4 12-4-1-2
Washington 40-12-2-5 W1 24-5-0-1 16-7-2-4 6-2-0-1 34-10-2-4 12-7-2-3

Last Meeting

Edmonton Washington
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
10/26/16 WAS 1 EDM 4 29 34 1-4 35 25 0-3

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
EDM C. McDavid 2
WAS A. Burakovsky 1
Goals Player  
EDM B. Pouliot 2
WAS A. Ovechkin 1
Assists Player  
EDM C. McDavid 2
WAS A. Burakovsky 1
Saves Player  
EDM C. Talbot 34
WAS B. Holtby 25
Season
Total Points Player  
EDM C. McDavid 68
WAS N. Backstrom 63
Goals Player  
EDM L. Draisaitl 22
WAS A. Ovechkin 27
Assists Player  
EDM C. McDavid 48
WAS N. Backstrom 45
Saves Player  
EDM C. Talbot 1467
WAS B. Holtby 1122

Quickchart Matchup

Edmonton Off vs  Washington Def
2.82 GF
2.07 GA
31 Shots
28 Shots
37 PP
31 PK
Washington Off vs  Edmonton Def
3.36 GF
2.54 GA
29.8 Shots
29.9 Shots
39 PP
33 PK

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Edmonton Overall Washington
33-20-4-4 W/L 40-12-2-5
31-30 ATS 28-31
23-34 O/U 25-20
2.82 Goals For 3.36
2.54 Goals Agnst 2.07
Edmonton A/H Washington
18-10-3-2 W/L 24-5-0-1
22-11 ATS 16-14
14-16 O/U 13-11
2.94 Goals For 3.67
2.55 Goals Agnst 1.70