The Colorado Avalanche (25-17-3) will be out to extend their winning run when they welcome the Washington Capitals (25-18-6) at Ball Arena on Tuesday. Washington is coming off a high-scoring 6-2 loss against the Golden Knights on Saturday.
The Capitals committed only two penalties in the game, holding Vegas without a power play goal. Marcus Johansson and T.J. Oshie both scored once for the Capitals. Darcy Kuemper saved only 14 of 18 shots against (.777%) after starting in the loss.
Colorado won for the fifth game in a row, beating the Kraken 2-1 (SO) on Saturday. Alex Newhook was the only player to score in regulation for the Avalanche. Pavel Francouz was impressive in the win, making 26 saves (.962%).
HEAD TO HEAD
The Avalanche won the first meeting between the teams this season, a 4-0 victory in November. Nathan MacKinnon and Artturi Lehkonen each had two points (1G 1A) to lead Colorado. Alexandar Georgiev saved 32 shots to earn the shutout win.
Washington is averaging 3.18 goals per game for the season, 16th in the NHL, and they are taking on an Avalanche team that is allowing 2.71 goals a game (8th).
Meanwhile, Colorado has found the net 3.04 times a game on average, 22nd in the league, and the Capitals are allowing opponents to score 2.80 goals per game (10th).
The Avalanche’s 24.52% power play percentage ranks eighth in the league, while the Capitals are 18th with a conversion rate of 20.53%. When it comes to defending power plays, Washington has the league’s seventh-ranked PK% at 81.62%, while Colorado is 19th at 76.22%.
With 52 points this season, Alex Ovechkin is the top skater for the Capitals. He is among the league leaders with 30 goals (6th) and has added 22 assists. In the net, Kuemper (14-11-4) is Washington’s top goaltender by goals against average.
He has a 2.46 GAA and a .920% save percentage. Mikko Rantanen leads the Avalanche in scoring with 58 points (8th in the league). He has 32 goals (3rd in the league) and 26 assists. Georgiev (18-11-3) is the top goalie for Colorado with a goals against average of 2.64. He has a save percentage of .917%.
HOME AND AWAY
Washington is 12-10-3 away from Capital One Arena this season. Colorado is 11-8-3 at Ball Arena this season.
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Colorado Avalanche (-130)
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