The Capitals already have a guaranteed trip to the playoffs, and as the season comes to a close with just three games left, they'll move on to their next goal: winning five straight and soon clinching another Metropolitan Division title. They can get even closer to that goal with a win over Florida Monday.
The Capitals have been on a roll lately with four straight wins, including a dominant 6-3 victory over Tampa Bay Saturday. However, it may be challenging to overcome Florida. Though the Panthers are eliminated from playoff contention, They've beaten Washington in each of their two matchups this season, both wins coming in overtime or the shootout.
It'll be up to the Caps to snap that skid against Florida and regain momentum heading into these final games of the regular season. Here's everything you need to know and how to tune into Monday's game, which kicks off at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
CAPITALS VS PANTHERS HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals at Florida Panthers, Game 80 of the 2018-19 NHL Regular Season
Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL
When: Monday, April 1, 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals at Panthers will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Link)
Live Stream: You can stream the Caps' tilt with Florida 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
CAPITALS VS PANTHERS TV SCHEDULE
6:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live
6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live
7:00 PM: Capitals at Panthers
9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live
10:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live
CAPITALS VS PANTHERS INJURY REPORT:
Capitals: Michal Kempny (lower-body, long-term)
Panthers: Derek MacKenzie (shoulder, out for season), Colton Sceviour (hand, IR)
CAPITALS VS PANTHERS PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Alex Ovechkin, F, Capitals (51 G, 37 A, 88 P)
Ovechkin scored his 50 and 51st goals against Tampa Saturday, becoming the third player all-time to reach eight 50-goal seasons. With points in eight of his last eight, look for Ovechkin to make an impact yet again and stay hungry.
NIcklas Backstrom, F, Capitals (21 G, 52 A, 73 P)
With two goals and three points in Saturday’s win, Backstrom continued to show that he’s heating up and taking charge in this final stretch. He has three goals and four points in his last three games and has been dominant on that top line. Look for him to keep it going.
Jonathan Huberdeau, F, Panthers (27 G, 61 A, 88 P)
With six points and three multi-point performances in his last four games, Huberdeau is having a strong finish and has been a light through another dark year for Florida. The 25-year-old also has points in two straight and was vital in snapping Boston's 12-game winning streak Saturday, so expect him to be dangerous Monday.
CAPITALS VS PANTHERS SERIES HISTORY
Number of all-time meetings: 125
All-time series record: Capitals lead 64-41-10
Last Meeting: Panthers win 5-4 (OT) (2/9/2019)
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