Top 3 key Capitals to watch against Coyotes

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Conor Sheary, Darcy Kuemper, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Conor Sheary, Darcy Kuemper, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

#2 Darcy Kuemper

Darcy Kuemper has a record of 5-1-3 with a 1.32 goals against average, a .947 save percentage, and three shutouts in nine career games against Arizona. He appeared in 121 games with the Coyotes from 2017-18 to 2020-21.

Kuemper stopped 27 of 30 shots faced on Monday at the New York Islanders including all 13 shots faced in the third period and overtime.

Kuemper has posted a record of 8-2-3 with three shutouts, a 2.26 goals against average, and a .927 save percentage in his last 14 starts dating back to Nov. 23. He leads the NHL in shutouts with four this season.

Kuemper earned at least one point in 10 straight decisions, posting a 7-0-3 record from Nov. 23 to Jan. 8, the second time in his career he has recorded at least one point in 10 or more consecutive decisions.

In 29 games played this season, Kuemper has a record of 13-11-4 with a 2.55 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. Among goaltenders with at least 25 starts, Kuemper ranks ninth in the NHL in save percentage and eighth in goals against average.

Since 2017-18, Kuemper ranks first in the NHL in save percentage with .921 and second in goals against average with 2.45.

Kuemper is the expected starter tonight as he takes on his former team. But it’ll be his first time in their new arena.