Seemingly allergic to finishing games in regulation, the Capitals dropped an overtime loss to the Blackhawks on Wednesday. It was their fourth overimte/shootout result in the last six games, and they'll look to bounce back on the road in Winnipeg Friday night.
With their seventh overtime loss on the year, the Caps dropped out of first place in the Metro, while the Jets sit in fifth place in their own division out west.
Here's everyhing you need to watch.
CAPITALS VS. JETS HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. Winnipeg Jets
Where: MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
When: Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Jets will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)
CAPITALS VS. JETS TV SCHEDULE
7:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live (LIVE)
8:00 PM: Capitals vs. Jets (LIVE)
11:00 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)
CAPITALS VS. JETS WHAT TO WATCH
From NBC Sports Washington's Andrew Gillis:
It felt fitting that, for Nicklas Backstrom’s first point of the 2021-22 season, he helped Alex Ovechkin tie an NHL record. With a powerplay goal in the second period of Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks, Ovechkin tied the all-time record for powerplay goals (274) in NHL history. One of the two assists on the goal came from Backstrom... Read more
Just as the Capitals seemed to be getting healthier, they were dealt more bad news Wednesday afternoon when the team announced center Evgeny Kuznetsov would be unavailable for Wedesday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks due to the NHL's COVID-19 protocol... Read more
CAPITALS VS. JETS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Capitals: Nicklas Backstrom, C (1 game, 0 goals, 1 assist): It didn't take long for Backstrom to get his first assist of the season, setting up Alex Ovechkin for a goal in his 2021-22 season debut. With Evgeny Kuznetsov in COVID-19 protocols, the Caps will need Backstrom to continue producing on the first line.
Jets: Kyle Connor, LW (28 games, 18 goals, 14 assists): Connor is one of two young Jets wingers leading the way for the Jes offensively. If the Caps want a win, it starts with slowing down Connor and Pierre-Luc Dubois.