[9:30 PM] Capitals @ Oilers

Who will WIN this matchup?

Washington Capitals (3-1-1)

@ Edmonton Oilers (5-1-0)


Starting Goalies:

Braden Holtby(WSH): Confirmed

Cam Talbot(EDM): Likely


Current odds:

Washington Capitals: (-145)

Edmonton Oilers: (+125)


The Edmonton Oilers are easily the biggest surprise of the young season but they will receive their sternest test to date when Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals pay a visit to Rogers Place Wednesday night. Edmonton is riding a three-game winning streak to boost its record to 5-1-0, matching the franchise’s best start since 1985-86.

Coach Barry Trotz shuffled his lines during Monday’s practice, elevating right wing Andre Burakovsky to the No. 1 group with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ovechkin and dropped T.J. Oshie to the second unit with Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson.

Despite Edmonton’s offensive prowess, goaltender Cam Talbot has stood equally as tall, earning NHL First Star of the Week honors. Talbot permitted three goals during the three-game winning streak, capped by a shutout of Winnipeg in the Heritage Classic.

Ovechkin has nine goals and 16 points in 12 games against Edmonton.

Captain Connor McDavid has a team-high nine points for the Oilers, who are 0-for-8 on the power play over the past four games.

Kuznetsov earned his first career hat trick and added two assists in Washington’s 7-4 win at Edmonton last season.


StreakSmarts Pick: Edmonton Oilers

Confidence: 4/10

StreakSmarter Pick