The Capitals had the chance to clinch the Metropolitan Division Monday against the Panthers, but fell 4-3 in a thriller when their third-period comeback came up short. Despite dropping the decision, the Caps have won four of their last five games and are still very much within reach of the division crown.
Not only that, but they were able to secure home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs, and winning the division will also allow them to play the first round against a wild-card team.
Washington will face a Canadiens team that is fighting for their playoff lives and will have to win their last two games in order to steal one of those wild-card spots from Carolina or Columbus. They're coming off an impressive 4-2 win over the Lightning and will do everything they can to halt the Caps' offense, which has been thriving of late.
Still, the Caps need to regain momentum and play with urgency heading into the postseason, where they will have home ice advantage. Here's everything you need to know and how to watch Thursday's game. The puck drops at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
CANADIENS AT CAPITALS HOW TO WATCH
What: Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals, Game 81 of the 2018-19 NHL Regular Season
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Canadiens at Capitals will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Link)
Live Stream: You can stream the Caps matchup with the Habs on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams by NBC Sports App.
Radio: Caps Radio 24/7, 106.7 The Fan
CANADIENS AT CAPITALS TV SCHEDULE
6:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live
6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live
7:00 PM: Canadiens at Capitals
9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live
10:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live
CANADIENS AT CAPITALS INJURY REPORT:
Capitals: Michal Kempny (torn hamstring, out for season)
CANADIENS AT CAPITALS PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Evgeny Kuznetsov, F, Capitals (21 G, 51 A, 72 P)
Kuznetsov had a goal in Monday's game against Florida to ignite the Caps' comeback, but more importantly, he's on a four-game point streak with seven points over that span. He's been on the rise heading into the playoffs, and look for him to keep the ball rolling Thursday.
Jakub Vrana, F, Capitals (24 G, 23 A, 47 P)
Vrana also scored for the Caps to pull them within one late in the third against Florida, and he has points in two of his last three games and three goals in his last five games. He's also third on the team in goals and is expected to stay hot.
Max Domi, F, Canadiens (27 G, 43 A, 70 P)
Domi has been outstanding for Montreal and has served them well this season as the team's leading scorer. He's on a three-game scoring streak and has six points in his last five games.
CANADIENS VS CAPITALS SERIES HISTORY
Number of all-time meetings: 174
All-time series record: Canadiens lead 82-75-17
Last Meeting: Capitals win 5-4 in OT (11/19/2018)
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