Washington continues its northwestern road trip with a stop in Seattle to face the Kraken. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:08 p.m. EST.
The Capitals have had a subpar start to the season sitting in sixth in the Metropolitan Division with a 10-11-3 record but winners of three of its last four. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington in scoring with 13 goals this season. The Caps captain broke Wayne Gretzky’s road-goals record in the team’s last game. Ovi also leads the Capital sin points with 23 while Dylan Strome (18) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (16) round out the top three. Goaltending has been questionable once again for Washington as Darcy Kuemper is the team’s number one goalie. Kuemper brings an 8-9-1 record with a 2.51 goal against average and a .917 save percentage into tonight’s contest.
Seattle continues to impress as its winning streak has hit six games. The Kraken sit in second place in the Pacific Division with a record of 14-5-3. Seattle’s balanced scoring attack is led by Jared McCann’s 10 goals. Andre Burakovsky and Matty Beniers follow closely behind with nine each. Burakovsky leads the Kraken in points with 23 and is followed by Jordan Eberle and Beniers with 21 and 20 respectively. Martin Jones has been Seattle’s number one goaltender this season notching a 12-4-2 record with a 2.90 GAA and an .893 SV%. He will likely get a rest this evening after registering a win but allowing eight goals in his last start.
The teams split both matchups last season with the home team winning 5-2 in both instances. Tonight’s probable goaltenders are Kuemper for Washington and Philipp Gurbauer for Seattle.