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Capitals' 'All I Want for Christmas' music video with Captain is the best thing you'll see today

Capitals' 'All I Want for Christmas' music video with Captain is the best thing you'll see today

If you're not already in the holiday spirit, the Capitals' "All I Want for Christmas" music video will surely change that!

Adapted from Jimmy Fallon and Mariah Carey's 2012 rendition of her famous holiday classic using classroom instruments, the Caps created their own version with Captain as the star.

Rocking holiday pajamas and ugly sweaters and jamming out on their own instruments, the Caps danced and sang along to "All I Want for Christmas," with Captain at the center of attention.

And, yes. Captain's mouth actually moves as if he's singing.

The Caps won the holidays this year if I do say so myself.

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Caps at Golden Knights: Can Ovechkin bet on 700 in Vegas?

Caps at Golden Knights: Can Ovechkin bet on 700 in Vegas?

The Capitals (37-16-5) wrap up a three-game road trip out west on Monday with a trip to face the Vegas Golden Knights (30-22-8). Catch the game broadcast as well as pre and postgame coverage on NBC Sports Washington. Pregame coverage begins at 5 p.m. with Caps FaceOff Live followed by Caps Pregame Live at 5:30 p.m. taking you up to the game broadcast at 6 p.m. Stick with NBC Sports Washington after the game for postgame coverage with Caps Postgame Live, D.C. Sports Live, and Caps Overtime Live.

Here is what you need to know for Monday's game.

Stuck on 698

Alex Ovechkin remains two goals away from reaching 700 as he has been held scoreless in each of the last four games. This the first time this season Ovechkin has been held without a goal for four games.

The good news is that he was a huge threat in Saturday's game in Arizona with 17 shot attempts and eight shots on goal so not only is he due for one, he's also really pushing to get into the back of the net. Vegas would be a fitting place to do it considering it is where he hoisted the Stanley Cup two years ago.

Kuznetsov is still out

Evgeny Kuznetsov was declared out by Todd Reirden on Sunday making this the third straight game he has missed with an upper-body injury. He took line rushes at Sunday's practice centering the third line so there is hope he could return soon, but it will not be for Monday's game against the Golden Knights.

With Kuznetsov out, here are the projected lines:

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Lars Eller - T.J. Oshie
Carl Hagelin - Travis Boyd - Richard Panik
Brendan Leipsic - Nic Dowd - Garnet Hathaway

Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Nick Jensen
Jonas Siegenthaler - Radko Gudas

Holtby gets the start

Braden Holtby will get his third straight start for the Caps on Monday, Reirden told the media. No one would argue that it's been a great season for Holtby, overall, but his play has really improved of late. On Saturday he turned aside 27 of the 29 shots he faced against the Arizona Coyotes and in his last two starts combined he has a .936 save percentage.

When last we met

Monday's game will be the second and final meeting between the Caps and Golden Knights this season. Washington won the previous meeting at home on Nov. 9, defeating Vegas 5-2. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 58 seconds into the game and Tom Wilson made it 2-0 in the first period. Jonas Siegenthaler would also score his first NHL goal and it came on the anniversary of his NHL debut.

You can read a recap of the game here.

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700 in Vegas? A fitting venue for another career milestone for Ovechkin

700 in Vegas? A fitting venue for another career milestone for Ovechkin

The greatest moment in Alex Ovechkin’s career happened at T-Mobile Arena back in June of 2018. On Monday, it could quite possibly be the scene of another milestone in the Great 8’s career.

Entering Monday’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights, Ovechkin sits just two goals shy of 700 for his career. He has been held scoreless for four straight games, his longest goalless stretch of the season, but Ovechkin is buzzing. He fired 17 shot attempts in Saturday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes, eight of which forced a save from goalie Antti Raanta.

There is certainly a chance that goals No. 699 and 700 could come at T-Mobile Arena on Monday and, considering Ovechkin and the Capitals’ history there, it would certainly be a fitting venue.

On June 7, 2018, Washington won its first Stanley Cup in franchise history. It came at the expense of the Golden Knights. After losing Game 1, Washington rattled off four straight wins to claim the Cup in Game 5. The Cup-clinching victory was played at T-Mobile Arena.

When Ovechkin takes the ice and continues his pursuit of 700 on Monday (6 p.m., NBC Sports Washington), he will be doing so on the same ice in which he jumped over the boards as time expired and launched himself into the frenzied celebration with his teammates two years ago.

He will be playing in the same building in which he was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Most importantly, Ovechkin will be playing in the same building in which NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman handed him the Cup, forever marking him as a Stanley Cup champion.

Will it also be the building in which Ovechkin becomes just the eighth player in NHL history to reach 700 career goals?

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