When the Capitals welcome the Canadiens to Capital One Arena on Thursday night, there are two stretches fans hope they see come to an end.
Alex Ovechkin has been stuck on the cusp of joining the 700-goal club for five games now. The drought is Ovechkin's longest since December 2018. As a team, Washington has lost four of its last five games and find the Penguins suddenly challenging for the top spot in the Metropolitan division.
The Capitals will look to avoid a three-game losing streak against a Montreal team that finds itself in a rough stretch of its own. Washington hasn't suffered a three-game skid since October, when head coach Todd Reirden's squad dropped its first two games at home before a road loss.
Montreal desperately needs a victory to get back on track and keep its waning playoff hopes alive. The Canadiens did receive good news when Shea Weber returned to practice Monday after it was initially believed an ankle injury the defenseman suffered on Feb. 4 would keep him out for at least four to six weeks.
Here's everything you need to know for the matchup.
CAPITALS-CANADIENS GAME 60: HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.
When: Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals-Canadiens game will be broadcast on NBC Sports. (NBC Sports Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page
Radio: Caps Radio 24/7
CAPITALS-CANADIENS TV SCHEDULE:
6:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live
6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live
7:00 PM: Capitals vs. Canadiens (LIVE)
9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live
10:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live
10:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live
CAPITALS-CANADIENS INJURY REPORT:
C Evgeny Kuznetsov, upper-body injury, day-to-day
RW Paul Byron, knee injury, day-to-day
D Shea Weber, sprained ankle, day-to-day
C Nate Thompson, illness, day-to-day
RW Brendan Gallagher, lower-body injury, day-to-day
CAPITALS VS. CANADIENS PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals (40 goals, 17 assists, 57 points)
Ovechkin returns home for his quest for 700 career goals and looks to reach the milestone on home ice. Washington's captain is now on a five-game scoreless drought, his longest since December 2018 when he had six consecutive outings without finding the back of the net.
T.J. Oshie, RW, Capitals (24 goals, 20 assists, 44 points)
Oshie scored two goals in the third period of Washington's 3-2 loss to the Golden Knights on Monday when the comeback effort fell just short. In his last five games, Oshie has scored five goals and dished out one assist.
Tomas Tatar, C, Canadiens (21 goals, 32 assists, 53 points)
Tatar has proved to be the Canadiens' top option on the offensive end as he leads Montreal in goals, assists, points and power-play goals. During his 10-year career, Tatar has also performed well against the Capitals, posting seven goals and nine assists in 19 career games against Washington.
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