The Washington Capitals snapped their three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory on the road against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. But can they build off that and gain some momentum with a win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday?
The Caps' three-game skid was their longest losing streak of the season, falling to Nashville on New Year's Eve and then to the Blues and Stars in the first week of 2019. But they finally rebounded with a W in Detroit, thanks to a late goal from Michal Kempny at 16:08 in the third.
Looking ahead, Washington faces a struggling Flyers team at home for the first of four matchups this season. And while the Caps are sitting at the top of the Metropolitan Division with a two-point lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia is 15-20 and comfortably at the bottom, three points behind the New Jersey Devils.
And if you thought the Caps' losing streak was bad, it's nothing compared to what's been happening in Philly. The Flyers have lost six straight games -- two heartbreakers in overtime -- and have won just three of their last 14 games.
Can the Caps stay hot and deal the Flyers their 15 consecutive loss? Here's everything you need to know about Tuesday's Metro Division matchup.
CAPITALS-FLYERS: HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 7:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Capitals-Flyers game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington and NBC Sports Network
Live stream: You can live stream Capitals at Penguins on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.
Radio: Caps Radio 24/7, 106.7 The Fan FM
FLYERS AT CAPITALS TV SCHEDULE
4:30/6:00 PM: Caps GameDay Live: Philadelphia Flyers @ Washington Capitals
6:30 PM: Caps FaceOff Live
7:00 PM: Caps Pregame Live
7:30 PM: Flyers @ Capitals
10:00 PM: Caps Postgame Live
10:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live
FLYERS AT CAPITALS INJURY REPORT
Capitals: No injured players
Flyers: C Nolan Patrick (day-to-day, Jan. 4), G Michal Neuvirth (day-to-day, Jan. 4), C Corban Knight (injured reserve, Jan. 3), D Andrew MacDonald (injured reserve, Jan. 4), G Anthony Stolarz (injured reserve, Jan. 5)
FLYERS AT CAPITALS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals: Ovi is having a stand-out season, and although his14-game point streak was snapped in December, he's looking to bounce back from the slight lull that followed -- a lull by his standards anyway. Since his point streak ended on Dec. 19, Washington's captain has only found the back of the net once. He has two points in the Caps' first three games of 2019, but considering he still leads the league with 30 goals this season, he'll always be a player to keep an eye on.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Capitals: Although Kuzy has not scored since Dec. 2, he finished the Caps' win over the Red Wings with two assists and is third on the team with helpers with 29 this season, behind Nicklas Backstrom (34) and John Carlson (33). While the Caps' center had a hand in Michal Kempny's game-winning goal, his first assist against Detroit was on a Tom Wilson goal and marked Kuzy's 300th career point.
Claude Giroux, LW, Flyers: Despite the Flyers' struggles, their winger is projected to finish with one of his career-best points totals. At the halfway mark this season, Giroux has racked up 46 points -- 13 goals and 33 assists -- which put him among the league's best. He's tied for No. 12 in the league in assists and is in the top 25 in overall points. His last goal, however, was back on Dec. 27 in the Flyers' overtime loss to Tampa Bay.
CAPITALS-FLYERS SERIES HISTORY
Number of all-time meetings: 215
All-time series record: Flyers lead 103-82-11-19
Last meeting: Flyers won, 6-3, March 18, 2018
2018-19 record: Flyers led, 3-1
Last 10 in regular season: 5-5 tie
Last playoff matchup: Caps won, 4-2, in the Eastern Conference First Round
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