Washington; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The Washington Capitals host the Colorado Avalanche after the Avalanche took down the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime.
Washington has gone 5-3-1 at home and 7-9-2 overall. The Capitals are 10th in NHL play serving 10.3 penalty minutes per game.
Colorado has an 8-5-1 record overall and a 5-3-0 record in road games. The Avalanche have a +12 scoring differential, with 50 total goals scored and 38 allowed.
The matchup Saturday is the third time these teams meet this season. The Capitals won 3-2 in the previous meeting. John Carlson led the Capitals with two goals.
LAST 10 GAMES: Capitals: 2-5-3, averaging 2.7 goals, 4.2 assists, 4.5 penalties and 12.1 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game.
Avalanche: 7-3-0, averaging 3.4 goals, six assists, 3.6 penalties and 7.7 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game.
INJURIES: Capitals: Carl Hagelin: out (hip), Dmitry Orlov: out (lower-body), T.J. Oshie: out (lower-body), Connor Brown: out (lower body), Tom Wilson: out (knee), Nicklas Backstrom: out (hip), Beck Malenstyn: out (finger).
Avalanche: Valeri Nichushkin: out (ankle), Kurtis MacDermid: out (lower-body), Darren Helm: out (undisclosed), Gabriel Landeskog: out (knee), Bowen Byram: out (undisclosed), Shane Bowers: out (upper-body).
The Associated Press