Top 3 key Capitals to watch against Hurricanes

A big Metropolitan Division matchup awaits this Friday night between the Washington Capials and Carolina Hurricanes.
Anthony Mantha, Washington Capitals
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The Washington Capitals will look to bounce back from a Wednesday night loss to the New Jersey Devils where they'll be without defenseman Rasmus Sandin due to an illness. Tonight they host the Carolina Hurricanes, here's how to watch and bet on the game.

In other pregame Caps news, T.J. Oshie has gone back to Minnesota for treatment as he's been out of the lineup since Dec. 17 with an injury. It was first a lower body but now it is officially diagnosed as an upper body injury.

Matthew Phillips took the scratches skate so Hendrix Lapierre will draw into the lineup on the right side of the third line with Max Pacioretty and Dylan Strome. This news came via Bailey Johnson of The Washington Post who was in attendance at morning skate.

Here are the top 3 Caps players to watch in tonight's key division matchup:

Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

#3 Evgeny Kuznetsov

Lost in the hype of Alex Ovechkin scoring again, Max Pacioretty's Capitals debut and the resurgence of Anthony Mantha is the rise of Evgeny Kuznetsov.

In Wednesday night's loss to the New Jersey Devils, Kuznetsov recorded two points with a goal and an assist which marked his 130th career multi point game.

His assist helped him bypass Mike Gartner for the fifth most assists in Caps history and Kuzy did it in 46 fewer games played.