The Washington Capitals (7-10-3) host the Philadelphia Flyers (7-8-4) at Capital One Arena on Wednesday in a matchup of teams on losing runs. Philadelphia is coming off a 5-2 loss against the Flames on Monday, their seventh defeat in a row.
The Flyers committed four penalties in the game, though they held Calgary without a power play goal. Joel Farabee and Tanner Laczynski both scored once for the Flyers. Carter Hart only had 25 saves on 28 shots against (.892%) in the loss.
Washington dropped their fourth in a row, falling 4-0 to the Avalanche on Saturday. Darcy Kuemper saved only 25 of 29 shots against (.862%) in the loss.
HEAD TO HEAD
The teams split their four meetings last season, the last of which was a 9-2 victory for the Capitals in April. Justin Schultz led Washington with three points (0G 3A). James van Riemsdyk led Philadelphia with two goals. Ilya Samsonov got the win, saving 19 of 21 shots (.904%).
Philadelphia is averaging 2.53 goals per game for the season, 30th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Capitals team that is allowing 3.25 goals a game (17th). Meanwhile, Washington has found the net 2.75 times a game on average, 26th in the league, and the Flyers are allowing opponents to score 3.21 goals per game (15th).
Philadelphia averages fewer shots a game (29.0) than most teams in the league, ranking 29th, while the team’s 8.7% shooting percentage is 29th. Washington’s average of 29.9 attempts ranks 26th.
The Flyers’ 15.87% power play percentage is the fourth-lowest in the league, while the Capitals rank 23rd with a conversion rate of 18.92%. In terms of penalty killing, Washington has the league’s 18th-ranked PK% at 78.33%, while Philadelphia is 24th at 74.58%.
Travis Konecny (7G 12A) and Kevin Hayes (5G 14A) are the top skaters for the Flyers this season with 19 points each. In the net, Hart (6-3-4) is Philadelphia’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.64 GAA and a .922% save percentage.
Alex Ovechkin leads the Capitals in scoring with 17 points. He has nine goals and eight assists in 20 games. Kuemper (5-9-1) has the best goals against average for Washington at 2.83. He has a save percentage of .907%.
HOME AND AWAY
Philadelphia is looking to avoid a fifth straight defeat away from Wells Fargo Center this season. Washington is 5-4-1 at Capital One Arena this season.
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