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Capitals vs. Flyers first 2018-19 matchup: Time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Capitals vs. Flyers first 2018-19 matchup: Time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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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Alex Ovechkin reveals the last time he cried and the thing that ticks his wife off about him

Alex Ovechkin reveals the last time he cried and the thing that ticks his wife off about him

Future Hall of Famer Alex Ovechkin joined the people over at Men's Journal recently for a very candid interview regarding his life off of the ice. 

Of the many topics discussed, one that made Ovi smirk a tad was "What do you do that drives your wife crazy?"

"I think the thing my wife Nastasiya hates the most about me is how much I play games on my phone," Ovechkin said. "Clash of Clans, Candy Crush, all of those games. Even before I go to bed I play them."

While this may seem like an addiction to most, Ovi promises it's not -- just some good fun. 

"I'm not addicted, I just like video games," Ovechkin said. "Every time we're away on a road trip I try to get my Xbox with me just to play video games."

While Ovechkin's gaming habits may irritate Nastasiya, he finds time for movie nights (and sometimes cries, sort of). 

"The last time I cried is when we watched the movie, 'The Notebook,'" Ovechkin said. "I wasn't crying-crying, but I look over at my wife and she's crying so I tried to hold it together and think of something else."

Whatever you say Ovi, whatever you say.

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With NHL season paused, a ranking of Capitals' best wins of 2019-20: No. 7

With NHL season paused, a ranking of Capitals' best wins of 2019-20: No. 7

While we wait for the NHL to hopefully resume its season, NBC Sports Washington is looking back at the 20 best wins of the Capitals' season so far. Mark Zaner, producer for Caps Faceoff Live and Caps Overtime Live, has watched every game. His rankings continue with No. 7, a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 4 that featured the most unexpected and perhaps the most amazing hat trick in Alex Ovechkin’s career. 

You can re-watch the game tonight on NBC Sports Washington at 8pm. 

WHAT HAPPENED 

Fresh off a loss to Pittsburgh, the Caps came out completely flat against an inferior Kings team. There was no energy on the ice and there was no energy at Capital One Arena. After tilting the ice in their favor all period, Los Angeles got on the board at the 15:03 mark on a Jeff Carter wrister past Braden Holtby. 

Holtby and John Carlson woke up Washington in the second. Holtby made several critical saves to keep the deficit at one. Carlson erased the Kings lead as he finished off a 3-on-2 rush with a close-range snipe on Jonathan Quick. 

  

The momentum once again shifted towards Los Angeles in the third. Holtby did an outstanding job keeping the Kings off the board until Carter scored his second of the night with less than nine minutes remaining. It looked like it wouldn’t be Washington’s night until this: 

 

 Alex Ovechkin didn’t have a shot on goal for the first 53-plus minutes of the game. His first shot of the night came off a great pass from T.J. Oshie and Ovi beat Quick on the doorstep. Just 70 seconds later Ovechkin struck again. Carlson started the play with a long stretch pass that hit Ovechkin in stride. Quick made the initial stop on Ovechkin’s wrister, but couldn’t find the rebound. While Quick and his defense scrambled, Ovechkin got to the loose puck first and gave the Caps their first lead. 

  

Ovechkin added an empty-net goal a few minutes later for one of the most unlikely natural hat tricks. 

MEMORABLE MOMENTS 

Ready for the Ovechkin statistical smorgasbord? He scored three goals in 4:24 of play. The three goals gave him 14 goals in his last seven games and 16 goals in his last ten. It was his third hat trick in six games. It was his 27th career hat trick which passed Maurice Richard for eighth-most in NHL history. He reached 698 career goals and 40 for the season. He was the first player in 2020 to 40 goals. And at that point, he was on pace for 61 goals on the year. By the way, he’s 34 years old.  

WHY IT WAS SIGNIFICANT 

Aside from Ovechkin, the play of Holtby was the biggest takeaway after the game. Carter beat him twice glove side, but Holtby handled the other 29 shots he faced. Holtby was fresh off a miserable January that had seen Ilya Samsonov get more and more playing time. But instead of growing impatient with their star goalie, the crowd at Capital One Arena got behind him. There were several Holtby chants throughout the second period as Caps fans tried to encourage him out of his slump. 

  

Since his win against the Kings, Holtby is 5-3-2 in ten starts and his save percentage is back over 90%. 

WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOU

To provide some energy, Tom Wilson went to the corner and tried to pick a fight with the entire Kings lineup after a whistle. None of the Kings took the bait. 

In the “never seen this before” category, Dmitry Orlov’s slap shot was so hard, it knocked the blade off Carl Grundstrom’s skate. 

  

We also had one of the best Mites on Ice celebrations of the season. That was going to be the highlight of the evening until Ovechkin carried the Caps to a win. 

  

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