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Washington Capitals (9-7-3)


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Canadiens look to continue strong start at home vs. Capitals

It's not a spot predicted by many for the Montreal Canadiens or the Washington Capitals before the season, but here they are heading into their game at Bell Centre on Monday, fighting for the second wild-card position in the Eastern Conference at the quarter point of the NHL season.

Not much was expected of the Canadiens after they finished 14th in the Eastern Conference last season, made drastic changes to their lineup and are missing top defensemen Shea Weber (offseason foot surgery) to start the season. With a record of 11-6-3 and coming off a Western Canada road trip in which they won four of six points, the Canadiens are one of the early pleasant surprises of the season.

The Washington Capitals, on the other hand, are coming off the first Stanley Cup in franchise history and have gotten off to a slow start under coach Todd Reirden, who replaced Barry Trotz, with a record of 9-7-3.

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Leaders
Points: N. Backstrom22
Plus/Minus: T. Oshie6
Shots on Goal: A. Ovechkin75
PIM: E. Kuznetsov22
Win: B. Holtby5
Shutouts: B. Holtby1
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 62 (14)
Shots: 582 (26)
PP%: 29.0% (5)
Penalty Minutes: 167 (19)
Assists: 112 (7)
SH Goals: 0 (31)
Standings
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
Columbus 12 6 2 26
NY Islanders 10 7 2 22
NY Rangers 10 8 2 22
Washington 9 7 3 21
Carolina 9 8 3 21
Philadelphia 9 9 2 20
New Jersey 8 9 2 18
Pittsburgh 7 8 3 17
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 62 (12)
Shots Against: 601 (19)
PK%: 73.2% (29)
Penalty Minutes: 167 (25)
Shutouts: 1 (20)
Sv%: 0.897 (21)
Injuries
Date Player Status
11/15 T. Oshie Upper-body injury (day-to-day)
11/14 B. Holtby Upper-body injury (day-to-day)
11/14 E. Kuznetsov Upper-body injury (day-to-day)
10/31 B. Orpik Lower-body injury (IR)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
11/16 I. Samsonov Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
11/16 J. Siegenthaler Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
11/14 G. McHale Signed as Free Agent Professional tryout contract
11/13 A. Jonsson-Fjallby Assigned to European Team Djurgardens IF-Sweden
11/13 T. Wilson Suspension Over
11/12 A. Ness Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
11/9 J. Siegenthaler Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
11/9 A. Ness Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
11/5 T. Boyd Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
11/5 N. Walker Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
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