The Oilers start a Southeastern swing in Washington tonight against the Capitals. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:08 EST.
The Oilers have been up and down so far this season and carry a 7-5-0 record into tonight’s tilt. Edmonton is also a perfect 3-0-0 on the road thus far. To no one’s surprise, Connor McDavid leads the Oilers in goals with 12 and points with 25. Both those tallies top the NHL in their respective categories. Leon Draisaitl’s 23 points is the second-highest mark in the league. Newly signed Jack Campbell has been awful to start his Oiler career. The 30-year-old is 5-3-0 with a 4.20 goals against average and an .874 save percentage. Backup goaltender Stuart Skinner has been solid in limited action as he has notched a 2.10 GAA and a .944 SV%.
Washington comes into tonight’s game losers of four straight and five of its last six hockey games. The Caps begin a very difficult stretch tonight that includes games against Pittsburgh, Colorado, Florida and Tampa Bay twice. Washington is led in scoring by Alex Ovechkin with seven early tallies. The captain also leads the Caps in points with 11 and is the only Capital in double digits. Newly signed Darcy Kuemper has filled into net nicely for Washington. The Stanely Cup Champion may only be 4-5-1, but he has notched a 2.42 GAA and a .919 SV%. Washington will be without defenseman John Carlson tonight with a lower-body injury and Dmitry Orlov is a “game-time decision.” He is also dealing with a lower-body issue.
Edmonton won both meeting between the two teams last season, but Washinton was able to salvage a point with an overtime loss in Edmonton. It will be a battle of backup netminders in D.C. as Skinner will start for Edmonton and Charlie Lindgren will get the call for the Capitals.