Preview: Panthers gear up for a visit from Alex Ovechkin, Capitals
TV: FOX Sports Florida
TIME: Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.
Washington Capitals (11-2-3, first in the Metropolitan Division) vs. Florida Panthers (7-3-4, fourth in the Atlantic Division)
The Eastern Conference-leading Washington Capitals face the Florida Panthers.
The Panthers are 4-2-2 in conference games. Florida is fifth in the NHL averaging 3.6 goals per game, led by Jonathan Huberdeau with nine.
The Capitals are 2-0-1 against opponents from the Metropolitan Division. Washington is second in the NHL recording 10.2 points per game, averaging 3.9 goals and 6.2 assists.
The matchup Thursday is the first meeting of the season between the two teams.
Huberdeau leads the Panthers with 18 points, scoring nine goals and adding nine assists. Aleksander Barkov Jr. has recorded 14 points over the last 10 games for Florida.
LAST 10 GAMES
Capitals: 8-1-1, averaging 4.4 goals, 6.7 assists, 4.5 penalties and 10.9 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game with a .905 save percentage.
Panthers: 6-1-3, averaging 3.9 goals, 6.9 assists, 2.9 penalties and 7.7 penalty minutes while giving up 3.2 goals per game with a .886 save percentage.
Capitals Injuries: Nic Dowd: day to day (lower body).