The beginning of Thursday night's matchup with the Montreal Canadiens was perfect for the Capitals. An early goal from Alexander Ovechkin gave Washington a 1-0 lead and put Ovechkin one away from 700. It looked as if he would finally reach the milestone, and Washington would pick up a much-needed win.
The rest of the night was not perfect.
Despite a late goal in the third period from Tom Wilson to tie the game at three, Washington lost a minute later in overtime. Ovechkin never got to 700.
Losers of three straight and five-of-six, the Capitals need to turn it around quickly. They have a good chance to do so on Saturday against one of the weaker teams in the conference, the New Jersey Devils. Here's everything you need to know about the contest:
CAPITALS-DEVILS GAME 61: HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. New Jersey Devils
Where: Prudential Center, New Jersey
When: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Capitals-Devils game will be broadcast on NBC Sports. (NBC Sports Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can watch Capitals-Devils on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page
Radio: Caps Radio 24/7
CAPITALS-DEVILS TV SCHEDULE:
12:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live
12:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live
1:00 PM: Capitals vs. Devils (LIVE)
3:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live
4:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live
CAPITALS-DEVILS INJURY REPORT:
D Will Butcher, upper body, day-to-day
RW Nick Merkley, face, day-to-day
D Sami Vatanen, leg, day-to-day
CAPITALS VS. DEVILS PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals (41 goals, 17 assists, 57 points): With an early goal on Thursday, it looked like 700 was finally going to come for Ovi. However, he wasn't able to put another one in the back of the net. Now on Saturday, he'll get yet another chance. After a little drought, could Thursday's goal bring back Ovi's scoring prowess?
Kyle Palmieri, RW, Devils (22 goals, 19 assists, 41 points): One of the lone bright spots for the Devils this year. Not only is he the leading goal scorer for New Jersey, but Palmieri is one of the few main contributors to carry a positive plus-minus.
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