Capitals visit the Western Conference-leading Canucks

Fri, Mar 15, 2024
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Capitals visit the Western Conference-leading Canucks

Washington Capitals (31-25-9, fifth in the Metropolitan Division) vs. Vancouver Canucks (42-17-8, first in the Pacific Division)

Vancouver, British Columbia; Saturday, 10 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: The Washington Capitals visit the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Canucks.

Vancouver is 42-17-8 overall and 21-6-4 at home. The Canucks have a 35-5-7 record in games they score at least three goals.

Washington has a 31-25-9 record overall and a 14-15-4 record on the road. The Capitals have given up 201 goals while scoring 171 for a -30 scoring differential.

The matchup Saturday is the second time these teams square off this season. The Canucks won 3-2 in overtime in the previous matchup.

TOP PERFORMERS: Brock Boeser has 35 goals and 30 assists for the Canucks. J.T. Miller has scored six goals and added seven assists over the past 10 games.

Tom Wilson has scored 15 goals with 13 assists for the Capitals. Hendrix Lapierre has five goals and two assists over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Canucks: 5-3-2, averaging 2.5 goals, 4.6 assists, 2.9 penalties and 6.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game.

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Capitals: 5-4-1, averaging 3.2 goals, five assists, 3.8 penalties and 9.2 penalty minutes while giving up 3.2 goals per game.

INJURIES: Canucks: Dakota Joshua: out (hand), Thatcher Demko: out (undisclosed), Tyler Myers: day to day (lower body), Tucker Poolman: out (head).

Capitals: Nicklas Backstrom: out (hip).

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