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Capitals vs. Canadiens: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Capitals vs. Canadiens: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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:

Capitals:

C Evgeny Kuznetsov, upper-body injury, day-to-day

Canadiens:

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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Braden Holtby sets franchise record for shutouts in blowout simulation win over Panthers

Braden Holtby sets franchise record for shutouts in blowout simulation win over Panthers

The Capitals got plenty of offense in the latest NHL 20 simulation, but they didn't need it as Braden Holtby turned aside 36 shots to become the team's all-time shutout leader in a  5-0 blowout of the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

Result: Caps 5, Panthers 0

1st period

1-0 Caps goal: Evgeny Kuznetsov from Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson

2nd period

2-0 Caps goal: Nicklas Backstrom from Nick Jensen and T.J. Oshie

3-0 Caps goal (power play): Jakub Vrana from T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom

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3rd period

4-0 Caps goal: Brenden Dillon from Evgeny Kuznetsov

5-0 Caps goal: Tom Wilson from Alex Ovechkin and Brenden Dillon

How the Caps won

1. Fast start

What kind of a game was this going to be? We found in just 61 seconds as Kuznetsov wasted no time to get the Caps the lead. Washington would lead the rest of the way.

Carlson charged the blue line to keep a loose puck from getting out of the zone. He passed it up to Ovechkin who made a quick backhand pass to Kuznetsov in the slot to score the goal.

2. Possession

Florida somehow recorded 36 shots on goal, but did they ever really have possession of the puck in this game? It didn't feel like it. The Panthers had trouble defending against the Caps' offense as they struggled to keep the puck out of the defensive zone and struggled to get it out once it got there.

Florida also had no answer for Washington's physicality. The Caps threw their bodies around all game long to separate the Panthers from the puck and Florida just took it.

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3. A long-awaited shutout

It's been a long time coming. Holtby had not recorded a shutout all season long and finally got one in the final game of the regular season with 36 saves. The shutout is the 36th of Holtby's career, which gives Holtby the most in franchise history, moving him one ahead of Olie Kolzig. Or it would have of course if it was not a simulation.

In the few opportunities in which Florida did manage to keep the puck long enough to set up its offense, Holtby was there and gave the Panthers no daylight with which to shoot on. 

Next game

This was the final game of the regular season. Check back with NBC Sports Washington for a simulated playoff.

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Washington Capitals Tom Wilson sends Make-A-Wish kids heartfelt message and gifts

Washington Capitals Tom Wilson sends Make-A-Wish kids heartfelt message and gifts

Washington Capitals right-winger, Tom Wilson is utilizing his newfound free time by giving back to the children of Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic.

Saturday, Wilson was featured on the charity's Instagram page delivering an uplifting message to the kids that are going through unforeseen changes due to quarantine. 

"I understand a lot of your wishes are on hold right now due to this very weird time in the world," Wilson said. "I just want to let you know I'm thinking of you."

"You guys are so strong, keep fighting and I'm looking forward to seeing you around."

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It’s FR🏒DAY! And what better way to start your weekend than hearing from our @capitals friend, @tomwilson! Just like all of us, Tom is thinking of our local wish kids whose wishes are currently indefinitely on hold and knows how strong and awesome each of you are. 💪 He's cheering on every one of our wish kids during this challenging time and can’t wait to see your wishes come true. Tom also went above and beyond and bought activities for us to send all our kids whose #WishesAreWaiting to pass the time at home or in hospital. Thanks for sharing your Message of Hope Tom, and for being a such a great champion for wishes and a winner on and off the ice! 💫💙🏆 @capitalspr

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Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic detailed that "Tom also went above and beyond and brought activities for us to send all our kids whose #WishesAreWaiting to pass time at home or in the hospital."

A class act gesture from an even classier man. 

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