The Capitals enter Monday night's game against the Boston Bruins on a three-game losing streak, a skid that was extended by a shootout loss in Minnesota on Saturday. Their top six should be getting some reinforcements, however, as both Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie continue to work their way back from the flu.
Boston is a familiar foe for Washington, which lost to the Bruins 4-1 in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last season. The two teams haven't faced off since and the reunion should resemble the series of chippy affairs shared between them in 2021.
Here's everything you need to know before puck drop.
CAPITALS VS. BRUINS HOW TO WATCH
What: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. ET
Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Coverage: Caps Pregame Live begins at 6:30 p.m. Stick around for Caps Postgame Live immediately after the game.
CAPITALS VS. BRUINS TV SCHEDULE
6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live (LIVE)
7:00 PM: Capitals vs. Bruins (LIVE)
9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)
CAPITALS VS. BRUINS WHAT TO WATCH
From NBC Sports Washington's Capitals Insider J.J. Regan:
Zach Fucale impresses in Minnesota: "Due to a bonkers play in the second period where the Capitals committed an own goal with their net empty on a delayed penalty, the Capitals’ goalie ended the night having just allowed one goal in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Wild. In total, he made 21 of 22 saves in his third-ever NHL appearance and second-ever start as he impressed once again between the pipes for the Capitals at a time when they needed it most." Read more.
From NBC Sports Washington's Capitals Insider Andrew Gillis:
Caps' overtime woes continue: "The team is now 2-9 overall this season past regulation, a record that stings a bit more considering the Capitals were mere seconds away from earning a 2-1 win on the road. A Wild goal at 19:25 ended those chances." Read more.
CAPITALS VS. BRUINS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Capitals: Alex Ovechkin, LW (36 games, 24 goals, 27 assists): Alex Ovechkin hasn't scored a goal in three games, which is amazingly tied for his longest drought of the season. He won't be held scoreless for long, however. With his next goal, Ovechkin will surpass his total from all last season.
Bruins: Brad Marchand, LW (26 games, 14 goals, 19 assists): Brad Marchand hasn't missed a beat since returning from COVID protocol, recording six points in five games. Boston is 1-3-1 without Marchand on the ice this year and his presence is critical for Boston to stay in the playoff hunt.