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RALEIGH Ryan Suter Jersey , N.C. — Things are going so well for the Washington Capitals that perhaps veteran center Alex Ovechkin has even improved.That’s probably about the last thing the Carolina Hurricanes need to hear in advance of Friday night’s game at PNC Arena.The Capitals produced a 6-2 home victory Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings, buoyed by Ovechkin’s hat trick that extended his point streak to 12 games.Article continues below ...“He’s having a great start to the year,” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said. “In particular, it has been his 5-on-5 play and converting on his chances. He’s earning it and he’s doing the things the right way and he’s being a great leader for us so far this year.”With an 18-9-3 record, Washington carries a three-game winning streak during which it has outscored opponents 14-4. Ovechkin has been at the core of this robust stretch.“I know some other year statistically have been better,” Reirden said. “But for me, it’s the best two-way hockey he has played. A lot of credit to him for what he has done.”It hasn’t been nearly as rosy recently for the Hurricanes, who are 1-4-1 in their last six games. They’re coming off Thursday night’s 6-4 loss at Montreal.For Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour, it’s a matter of staying the course and following the blueprint regardless of the most-recent outcome. He doesn’t want one game to overly impact the next.“I don’t really think coming off one game on a game or another, you really should really approach it different,” Brind’Amour said.Washington, though Evgeny Svechnikov Jersey Womens , has found numerous sources that it wants to keep tapping. The Capitals are proud that the fourth line of Nic Dowd, Travis Boyd and Dmitrij Jaskin has produced 12 points across the team’s first five games in December.“If you can get production from that fourth line, you can be a very difficult team to match up against,” Reirden said.One of the questions for the Capitals entering the season was how much offense would be produced from the lines other than the top line.“A lot of chemistry and they’re playing well and nice to see them get rewarded,” Reirden said. “I like that element that we can add to our team right now.”Since Tuesday, Washington defenseman Christian Djoos has missed practice with a lower-body injury and is considered day-to-day.The Carolina roster has been adjusted with the promotion of forward Janne Kuokkanen, who made his NHL season debut Thursday night.“Young guys coming up, you don’t want to give them too much and get them overloaded,” Brind’Amour said. “You just want to let them play and turn them loose.”Kuokkanen, 20, replaced center Jordan Staal, who was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 5 because of a concussion. It had been more than a year since Kuokkanen’s NHL debut in October 2017.The Hurricanes could be in line for another move after defenseman Haydn Fleury departed Thursday night’s game with an upper-body injury and didn’t return.This is the first of four meetings this season with the next encounter coming in less than two weeks at Washington. After struggling to build momentum in October Womens Zach Parise Jersey , the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers capped off the month with emotional victories.The Kings and Flyers will try to build off those performances when they meet Thursday night at Staples Center.The Kings (3-7-1) ended a six-game losing streak and avoided their longest skid in nearly 11 years when they rallied to beat the visiting New York Rangers 4-3 on Sunday afternoon.Article continues below ...The Flyers (5-7-0) ended a three-game losing streak by holding off the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Tuesday night to open a four-game road trip.“Getting on the road with the team for this trip is good to get away from distractions at home and just be with the guys pretty much 24/7,” said Flyers forward Nolan Patrick, who scored the go-ahead goal with 1:51 left against the Ducks.The Kings revealed on Wednesday that veteran goaltender Jonathan Quick is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. Quick is 0-3-1 in four starts this season with a .845 save percentage and 4.55 goals-against average.“He’s a big part of your team and you want him in net,” Kings coach John Stevens told LA Kings Insider. “Injuries do happen and I’m not sure there’s anything in particular you can point to in this situation.”Los Angeles will likely continue with Jack Campbell as the No. 1 goalie moving forward.Campbell is 3-4-0 this season with a .912 save percentage and a 2.72 goals-against average. The Kings scored one goal in each of his four losses. When Los Angeles scores at least three goals, Campbell is 3-0-0 this season.Stevens liked the way the Kings moved the puck with speed against the Rangers, stayed on top of their forecheck and kept a consistent net presence.“We just want to build off of the Rangers game,” Stevens said. “We want to be able to execute with the puck. I think if you can manage the puck, you can spend time in the other zone and we hadn’t been able to do that.”The Flyers hope to build off their win in Anaheim as well.Philadelphia hadn’t beaten the Ducks in regulation since Feb. 2, 2008, and appeared headed to overtime after the Ducks tied the score with 2:12 left, but Patrick scored 21 seconds later.Flyers coach David Hakstol would also like to see a repeat performance from defenseman Ivan Provorov. He scored the second goal off a deflection in front of the net and broke up several 2-on-1 opportunities by the Ducks“Provi draws a lot of attention,” Hakstol said. “Sometimes Andrew Shaw Jersey , when things don’t go well for our team, he draws a lot of negative attention. You’ve got to remember, he’s playing against the other team’s best player every night and that’s his job.”Kings top-line center Anze Kopitar can expect to see a lot of Provorov on Thursday.Like a number of Kings, Kopitar is off to a slow start, owning four points (three goals, one assist) in 10 games.He hasn’t done much against the Flyers in his 13-year career either, scoring one goal in 17 games, the fewest against any NHL opponent.

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