Fresh off a four-game road trip in which they claimed five out of a possible eight points, the Washington Capitals are set to return to the nation's capital to host the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. Thanks to Washington's heroics on the road, they sit at 27 points on the season which is good enough for second in the Metropolitan division, just one point behind the Carolina Hurricanes.
Going 6-2-2 in a 10-game stretch is difficult regardless of location, but the fact that the Caps were able to do that while being away from home for seven of those contests is a testament to the team's durability in the face of serious depth issues due to injury. It was a welcome sight to see T.J. Oshie (temporarily) and Nic Dowd return for the guys in red, but injury problems persist for the team. Even so, the Caps have plugged the holes left by veterans' injuries and are looking good as the month of November draws to a close.
Washington faces the lowly Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, winners of just three of their last 10. Here's everything you need to know before puck drop.
CAPITALS VS. CANADIENS HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Canadiens will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus (NBC Sports channel finder)
CAPITALS VS. CANADIENS TV SCHEDULE
6:30 p.m.: Capitals Pregame Live (LIVE)
7:00 p.m.: Capitals vs. Canadiens (LIVE)
9:30 p.m.: Capitals Postgame Live (LIVE)
CAPITALS VS. CANADIENS WHAT TO WATCH
From NBC Sports Washington's J.J. Regan:
The role has not looked too big for Fehervary at any point this season. He compliments Carlson well, but he is earning that spot with his own play, not just by playing second fiddle to Carlson. Fehervary plays a very strong defensive game, he is well-positioned and he has good closing speed on puck carriers. His physicality and his offense have been two pleasant surprises for me. Read more...
From NBC Sports Washington's Andrew Gillis:
Just as it seemed the Capitals were getting healthier, it appears they’re headed in the wrong direction health-wise once again. Nic Dowd and Oshie returned to the lineup a night prior against the Sharks, but with Eller (COVID-19 protocols), Backstrom (hip) and Anthony Mantha (shoulder) still absent, the Capitals still have a ways to go before they’re once again at full strength. Read more...
CAPITALS VS. CANADIENS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Tom Wilson, Capitals, RW (19 games, 6 goals, 10 assists): Wilson shot up to T-3rd on the Caps' point list this season after posting a goal and an assist in the Capitals' loss to Seattle on Sunday. His physicality will be necessary on a very tough Montreal team, who sits at second in the league in total penalty minutes this year.
Chris Wideman, Canadiens, D (15 games, 2 goals, 6 assists): Five of Wideman's eight points on the season have come in the last five games for Montreal. The veteran defender is starting to find his offensive groove for the club, so keep an eye on him on Wednesday night on both ends of the ice.