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WATCH LIVE: Blackhawks meet Capitals on NBC

The NHL and National Hockey League Players’ Association announced that 2020 is too soon to plan for the World Cup of Hockey.

NBC’s coverage of the 2018-19 NHL season continues with Sunday’s matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals. Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.

The Capitals have hit their biggest road block in their title defense after going 3-5-2 in their last 10 games, including four straight losses (0-3-1). The last time Washington lost four straight games was in March of 2017. During this four-game losing streak, the Caps have been outscored 12-1 in 5-on-5 play, and the lone goal in that scenario came against Nashville with the team trailing 7-1 late in the third period.

The last time the Capitals lost five straight games was Oct. 26 to Nov. 4 2014.

Alex Ovechkin enters this game tied with Dave Andreychuk for 14th place on the all-time goals (640) list. He is also only five points away from tying Hockey Hall of Famer Sergei Fedorov for the most in League history by a Russian player (1,179).

The Blackhawks have lost seven of their eight games in the new year (1-4-3), including five straight losses (0-3-2) and are once again last in the NHL. Since Jeremy Colliton took charge on November 6, Chicago has lost 24 of their 34 games under their new head coach (10-18-6) after going 6-6-3 in 15 games under Joel Quenneville. The Hawks are coming off a 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Thursday.

A bright spot for Chicago has been its power play which has now scored in seven consecutive games (9-for-21, 42.9 percent). That hot streak has put them in the middle of the pack in the NHL at 18.9 percent for the season. [WATCH LIVE – COVERAGE BEGINS AT 12:30 P.M. ET – NBC]

What: Washington Capitals at Chicago Blackhawks Where: United Center When: Sunday, Jan. 20, 12:30 p.m. ET TV: NBC Live stream: You can watch the Capitals-Blackhawks stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.


BLACKHAWKS Drake Caggiula - Jonathan Toews - Patrick Kane Alex DeBrincat - Dylan Strome - Dominik Kahun Brandon Saad - David Kampf - Marcus Kruger John Hayden - Artem Anisimov - Chris Kunitz

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook Carl Dahlstrom - Connor Murphy Slater Koekkoek - Erik Gustafsson

Starting goalie: Collin Delia

CAPITALS Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie Jakub Vrana - Lars Eller - Tom Wilson Andre Burakovsky - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Brett Connolly Chandler Stephenson - Nic Dowd - Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitry Orlov - John Carlson Michal Kempny - Matt Niskanen Brooks Orpik - Madison Bowey

Starting goalie: Braden Holtby

Six-time Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk, and ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from United Center.