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GAME THREAD: Edmonton Oilers @ Washington Capitals

Oilers visit Washington in last game before the All-Star Break to take on Caps club minus Ovechkin

Edmonton Oilers v New York Rangers Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

Edmonton Oilers (22-16-3), 6th, Pacific)

Washington Capitals (25-12-9, 4th, Metro)

02 February 2022

Verizon Center


TV: Sportsnet

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Japers’ Rink

The Oilers are looking to get things back on track after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators on Monday night. They’re in Washington tonight to take on the Caps. It’s the last game before the All-Star Break, and the Oilers would absolutely love to hit the break with two points banked.

I’d like to say that Tony’s got it covered here.


  • Tyson Barrie makes his return to the lineup tonight. Barrie has been out for a couple of weeks with both upper and lower body injuries. He’s on the third pair with William Lagesson to start. The $50 question is: will it be he, or Evan Bouchard on the power play?
  • The Capitals are without Alex Ovechkin tonight. Ovechkin is in the league’s Covid protocol and will miss tonight’s game. Ovechkin was on a four game pointless streak, I can’t imagine what a fifth one would look like.
  • Mikko Koskinen will start for the Oilers in goal tonight. Koskinen is 3-0-1 in his last four, he’s playing for his sixteenth win of the season.

Oilers can climb to fifth place in the Pacific Division with a win tonight. Let’s have at it.