This Thursday, there is a matchup between an Eastern Conference team and a Western Conference team. Specifically, the Washington Capitals and the Edmonton Oilers will face off at about 9:00 PM. This will be the first meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at Rogers Place.
Capitals Look To Continue Their Winning WaysSo far this season, the Washington Capitals have been one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Specifically, the Capitals are in the midst of a four-game winning streak after beating the Flames on Tuesday by the score of 5-3. In addition, the Capitals have won 7 of their first 11 games which is good enough to put them in atop the Metropolitan Division standings. However, now the Capitals have to play on the road against one of the best teams in the Western Conference so one has to wonder if Washington will truly be up to the challenge.
Leading the Capitals offensively is defenseman John Carlson who has looked unbelievable this season. Specifically, he already has a whopping 15 assists and 20 points through the first 11 games of the regular season. In addition, he also has +8 Plus/Minus Rating so the Capitals have thrived whenever he is on the ice. At this point in the season, Carlson is the favorite to win the James Norris Memorial Trophy so he will look to continue playing well.
The starting goalie for the Capitals in this game will be Braden Holtby who has pretty good so far this season. Specifically, he has a 4-1-2 record with a 3.60 GAA and a .884 save percentage. However, Holtby has won each of his last three starts so he will look for another win on Thursday. Last season, Holtby went 0-1-0 with a 3.08 GAA and a .903 save percentage against the Oilers.
Oilers Look To Stay Undefeated At HomeSo far this season, the Edmonton Oilers have been an elite team in the Western Conference. Specifically, the Oilers have won seven of their first ten games as it remains atop the Pacific Division standings. In addition, Edmonton is currently undefeated at Rogers Place through four home games. However, the Oilers have lost each of their last two games due to a lack of offensive production. Specifically, Edmonton has not scored a goal in the last 147 minutes of game time which will need to end soon if the Oilers plan on winning this home game.
Leading the Oilers offensively will be center Connor McDavid who has looked like the best player in the league this season. Specifically, he already has 12 assists and 17 points in just ten games. In addition, McDavid also has a Plus/Minus Rating of +4 so the Oilers have fared extremely well whenever he is on the ice. However, he has not recorded a point in each of his last three games so he will look to get back on track in this game.
The starting goalie for the Oilers in this game will be Mike Smith who has been great so far this season. Specifically, he has a 3-2-1 record and a solid 2.15 GAA and a .925 save percentage. Last season, Smith went 0-1-1 with a 3.41 GAA and a .896 save percentage against the Capitals. Hopefully for the Oilers, Smith will be able to play a lot better against them now that it is a new season.
- Capitals are 2-5 in their last 7 games as a favorite.
- Oilers are 16-6 in their last 22 overall.