Indianapolis Star
National Hockey League
Preview
Washington at Carolina
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, December 14, 2018
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

Captain Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals have been on quite the roll of late and hope it continues when they visit the slumping Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. The reigning Stanley Cup-champion Capitals are riding a three-game winning streak during which they've outscored their opponents 14-4, giving them 10 victories in their last 12 contests.

Ovechkin is in the midst of a 12-game point streak - one shy of his career best - during which he has collected 13 goals and six assists after registering his 21st career hat trick in Tuesday's 6-2 home triumph over Detroit. The 33-year-old Russian leads the NHL with 25 goals as he seeks his sixth Maurice Richard Trophy in seven seasons and eighth overall. Carolina is coming off a 6-4 setback at Montreal on Thursday that dropped it to 1-4-1 in its last six contests. Teenager Andrei Svechnikov scored twice in the loss for the Hurricanes, who recorded fewer than two goals in each of their previous six defeats.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCS Washington, FS Carolinas

ABOUT THE CAPITALS (18-9-3): T.J. Oshie made a successful return to the lineup Tuesday as he tallied to become the third member of the team to reach double digits in goals. The 31-year-old, who is three tallies away from 200 for his career, had missed 11 games with a concussion. Ovechkin is deadlocked with Glenn Anderson and Rick Martin for 12th place on the all-time list for most hat tricks and ranks 11th in NHL history with 126 multi-goal performances after breaking a tie with Dino Ciccarelli on Tuesday.

ABOUT THE HURRICANES (13-13-4): Svechnikov's two-goal performance against the Canadiens was the first of his career as he matched the output from his previous 13 contests. The 18-year-old rookie, who was selected with the second overall pick in this year's draft, ranks third on the team with eight tallies - three behind leader Micheal Ferland. Sebastian Aho is one goal ahead of Svechnikov after scoring on Thursday to increase his team-leading point total to 29.

OVERTIME

1. Capitals C Evgeny Kuznetsov has registered a goal and seven assists during his six-game point streak.

2. Ferland missed Carolina's contest on Thursday - two days after returning from a concussion.

3. Washington has won six of its last seven games on the road.

PREDICTION: Capitals 5, Hurricanes 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Washington 18-9-2-1 W3 9-4-1-1 9-5-1-0 3-2-0-0 15-7-2-1 6-2-1-0
Carolina 13-13-3-1 L2 7-5-2-1 6-8-1-0 3-2-0-0 10-11-3-1 3-3-1-0
Last Meeting
Washington Carolina
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
3/30/18 CAR 4 WAS 1 21 26 0-2 30 20 0-1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Washington J. Carlson 1
Carolina D. Ryan 2
Goals Player  
Washington M. Kempny 1
Carolina S. Aho 1
Assists Player  
Washington J. Carlson 1
Carolina P. Di Giuseppe 1
Saves Player  
Washington B. Holtby 26
Carolina S. Darling 20
Season
Total Points Player  
Washington A. Ovechkin 45
Carolina S. Aho 33
Goals Player  
Washington A. Ovechkin 29
Carolina S. Aho 12
Assists Player  
Washington N. Backstrom 29
Carolina S. Aho 21
Saves Player  
Washington B. Holtby 695
Carolina P. Mrazek 325
Quickchart Matchup
Washington Off vs  Carolina Def
3.7 GF
2.87 GA
29.5 Shots
27.9 Shots
25 PP
18 PK
Carolina Off vs  Washington Def
2.5 GF
3.03 GA
38.1 Shots
32.1 Shots
16 PP
24 PK