Carolina plays Eastern Conference-leader Washington
Raleigh, North Carolina; Friday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The Eastern Conference-leading Washington Capitals travel to play the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes are 3-7-1 against Metropolitan Division opponents. Carolina is sixth in the league recording 9.2 points per game, averaging 3.4 goals and 5.8 assists.
The Capitals are 5-5-1 against the rest of their division. Washington is fifth in the NHL averaging 3.5 goals per game, led by Alex Ovechkin with 24.
Carolina took down Washington 6-4 in the last meeting between these teams on Dec. 28. Warren Foegele scored two goals for the Hurricanes in the victory.
LAST 10 GAMES: Capitals: 5-5-0, averaging 3.1 goals, 5.6 assists, 5.2 penalties and 12.4 penalty minutes while giving up three goals per game with a .887 save percentage.
Hurricanes: 6-3-1, averaging 3.9 goals, 6.8 assists, 4.4 penalties and nine penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .903 save percentage.
INJURIES: Hurricanes: Erik Haula: day to day (undisclosed).