The Capitals took advantage of their power play opportunities, scoring once on three shots while holding Pittsburgh without a power play goal. Marcus Johansson and Alex Ovechkin both scored once for the Capitals.
Darcy Kuemper saved an impressive 35 of 37 shots (.945%) in the win. Toronto fell 6-2 to the Senators on Friday. William Nylander and Joey Anderson both scored once for the Maple Leafs. Ilya Samsonov only had 28 saves on 34 shots against (.823%) in the loss.
HEAD TO HEAD
The teams have split their two meetings this season, the most recent of which was a 5-2 victory for the Capitals in December. Erik Gustafsson (3G 0A) and Sonny Milano (0G 3A) each had three points to lead Washington. Auston Matthews led Toronto with two points (1G 1A). Charlie Lindgren got the win, saving 34 of 36 shots (.944%).
Washington is averaging 3.14 goals per game for the season, 16th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Maple Leafs team that is allowing 2.68 goals a game (7th).
Meanwhile, Toronto has found the net 3.36 times a game on average, ninth in the league, and the Capitals are allowing opponents to score 2.78 goals per game (10th).
The Maple Leafs’ 24.38% power play percentage ranks eighth in the league, while the Capitals are 19th with a conversion rate of 20.51%. In terms of penalty killing, Washington has the league’s seventh-ranked PK% at 81.75%, while Toronto is 15th at 80.00%.
With 54 points this season, Ovechkin is the top skater for the Capitals. He is among the league leaders with 32 goals (6th) and has added 22 assists. In the net, Kuemper (15-13-4) is Washington’s top goaltender by goals against average.
He has a 2.54 GAA and a .917% save percentage.Nylander and Mitchell Marner lead the Maple Leafs in scoring with 58 points apiece. Nylander has 27 goals and 31 assists in 50 games, while Marner has 18 goals and 40 assists (8th).
Matthews has 25 goals and 28 assists. Samsonov (16-4-2) has the best goals against average for Toronto at 2.20, second-best in the league. He has a save percentage of .921%.
HOME AND AWAY
Washington is 12-11-3 away from home this season. Toronto is 19-4-4 at Scotiabank Arena this season.
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