Capitals look to stay hot as they face the Oilers.
Edmonton Oilers (33-20-8) vs Washington Capitals (40-12-7)
Coming off their dominating win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night, the Washington Capitals look to stay hot as they face the Edmonton Oilers tonight at 7:00 PM. This is only the second matchup between these two teams this season in which the Oilers won the first meeting.
The Capitals have been the hottest team throughout the NHL season. Home ice is a huge advantage for them as they are nearly unbeatable at home. Their special teams are starting to shine after a sluggish start to the season. The Power Play for the Caps is now ranked 5th in the NHL. Penalty kill is currently ranked in the top seven with an 84% success rate.
Caps are getting tremendous play from Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie as they have combined for 7 goals and 8 assist in their last 5 games.
The Edmonton Oilers have won 4 out of their last 5 games heading into tonight’s game against the Capitals. The Oilers are currently sitting second in the Pacific division behind the Sharks. Oilers currently rank 7th in the NHL in scoring. Special Team play is average for the Oilers.
The Oilers continue to shoot the puck at a high level with 31 shots per game.
These are two high powered scoring teams facing off but the difference in the game will be the play of special teams.
With the Capitals leading the Metropolitan division by five points, other teams will start to play harder and more physical with the playoffs looming.