Kaprizov and Minnesota take on Washington
Washington Capitals (20-7-8, third in Metropolitan) vs. Minnesota Wild (20-10-2, fourth in Central)
Saint-Paul, Minnesota; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTS BOOK LINE: Wild +105, Capitals -127; plus / minus is 6
BOTTOM LINE: Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota in a clash against Washington. He is seventh in the league with 40 points, scoring 14 goals and registering 26 assists.
The Wild are 10-3-1 at home. Minnesota leads the Western Conference with 6.3 assists per game, led by Kaprizov with an average of 0.8.
The Capitals are 10-4-3 on the road. Washington is fifth in the Eastern Conference with an average of 5.6 assists per game, led by Lucas Johansen with 1.0.
The teams meet on Saturday for the first time this season.
BEST PERFORMANCE: Kaprizov leads the Wild with 26 assists and 40 points this season. Mats Zuccarello has eight assists in the last 10 games for Minnesota.
Dmitry Orlov leads the Capitals with a plus-19 rating in 35 games this season. Alex Ovechkin has scored four goals in the last 10 games for Washington.
LAST 10 GAMES: Wild: 5-4-1, averaging 3.5 goals, 6.3 assists, 4.6 penalties and 10.1 penalty minutes while allowing 3.1 goals per game with a d percentage ‘stops of .913.
Capitals: 5-3-2, averaging three goals, 5.5 assists, 3.7 penalties and 9.1 penalty minutes while allowing three goals per game with a save percentage of 0.897.
INJURIES: Wild: Jordan Greenway: absent (health protocol), Kirill Kaprizov: daily (upper body), Brandon Duhaime: absent (health protocol), Cam Talbot: daily (lower body), Jonas Brodin: daily ( lower body), Nick Bjugstad: withdrawn (upper body), Joel Eriksson Ek: withdrawn (upper body).
Capitals: None indicated.
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.