Preview/Game Thread: Blackhawks vs. Capitals

  

Washington Capitals (27–15–5) vs Chicago Blackhawks (16–24–9)

11:30am CST
United Center
TV/Radio: NBC/WGN

PROJECTED STARTERS

ChicagoCollin Delia (3–2–3, SV%: .929, GAA: 2.75)
Washington Braden Holtby (17–11–2, SV%: .912, GAA: 2.82)

TEAM STATISTICS

Power Play
Chicago (18,8%, 17th)
Washington (21.3%, 12th)

Penalty Kill
Chicago (73.4%, 31st)
Washington (78.4%, 23rd)

Shorts for/against
Chicago (31.2, 19th; 34.9, 30th)
Washington (29.3, 23rd; 32.0, 21st)

Shooting %
Chicago (9.5%, 17th)
Washington (11.2%, 4th)

Faceoff %
Chicago (49.8%, 17th)
Washington (46.4%, 31st)

Avg. height/weight
Chicago 6’1”, 197lbs
Washington 6’2” 205lbs

PROJECTED LINES/PAIRINGS

Chicago Blackhawks

Drake CaggiulaJonathan ToewsPatrick Kane

Alex DeBrincatDylan StromeDominik Kahun

Brandon SaadDavid KampfMarcus Kruger

Chris KunitzArtem AnisimovJohn Hayden

Duncan KeithBrent Seabrook

Carl DahlstromConnor Murphy

Slater KoekkoekErik Gustafsson

Washington Capitals

Alex OvechkinNicklas BackstromT.J. Oshie

Jakub VranaLars EllerTom Wilson

Andre BurakovskyEvgeny KuznetsovBrett Connolly

Chandler StephensonNic DowdDevante Smith-Pelly

Dmitri OrlovJohn Carlson

Michal KempnyMatt Niskanen

Brooks OrpikMadison Bowey

Analysis

Another 4-3 loss for the Blackhawks ended the New York area trip for the Blackhawks without recording a point in the standings. The Blackhawks have a chance to redeem themselves as the Washington Capitals pay a visit to town.

After the back-to-back losses for the Blackhawks, Jeremy Colliton set the line blender to “high” for Saturday’s practice. Drake Caggiula was skating with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, DeBrincat and Strome were reunited and Chris Kunitz re-enters the lineup after Brendan Perlini entered concussion protocol.

The Capitals enter Sunday’s game on a four-game losing streak, most recently losing to the now-first-place New York Islanders 2-0. The Capitals will need to rebound in order to keep pace with the division, as the Islanders, Capitals, Blue Jackets and Penguins all have between 58 and 60 points.

This will mark the first and only time this season that defenseman Michal Kempny returns to the United Center. After never being able to find regular ice-time in Chicago, the former Blackhawks defenseman has put together an excellent campaign in the first year of his lucrative four-year deal. Most notably, Kempny is a plus-23 this season, which is currently tied for 7th-best in the NHL to this point.

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