After snapping a two-game skid with a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday, the Caps are still in a race to finish atop the Metropolitan Division. As they end a four-game homestand, they'll square off against the surging Hurricanes, who have won four of their last five, in a potential preview of the playoffs.
Washington has struggled over its last few games, starting with a back-and-forth, draining 5-4 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning last Wednesday. As the Capitals continue to experiment with their lineup, especially with Michal Kempny out of the picture with a long-term injury, they'll look to regain their momentum.
Here's what you need to know before the puck drops at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
CAPITALS VS HURRICANES HOW TO WATCH
What: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals, Game 77 of the 2018-19 NHL Regular Season
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: Tuesday, March 26, 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Hurricanes vs. Capitals will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Link)
Live Stream: You can stream the Caps' tilt with Carolina on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams by NBC Sports App.
Radio: Caps Radio 24/7, 106.7 The Fan
CAPITALS VS HURRICANES TV SCHEDULE
6:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live
6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live
7:00 PM: Hurricanes at Capitals
9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live
10:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live
CAPITALS VS HURRICANES INJURY REPORT:
Capitals: Michal Kempny (lower-body, long-term)
Hurricanes: Janne Koukkanen (undisclosed, out)
CAPITALS VS HURRICANES PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Alex Ovechkin, F, Capitals (48 G, 36 A, 84 P)
Two goals away from his eighth career 50-goal campaign, Ovechkin has points in six of his last seven, and has been playing unselfish hockey and focusing more on passing and playing safe with the puck. He's been without a goal for four games now, and is getting hungry to get to the magic number.
Brett Connolly, F, Capitals (21 G, 23 A, 44 P)
The 26-year-old winger has points in four of his last five, and is one of the Capitals six 20-goal scorers. He's exceeded career-highs this season and is expected to keep the ball rolling down the stretch as Washington gears up for another postseason run.
Andrei Svechnikov, F, Hurricanes (20 G, 16 A, 36 P)
With points in three straight, the 18-year-old rookie hit the 20-goal mark with a tally against the Montreal Canadiens Sunday. He's been one of their most dangerous forwards so far this season, and as they continue to rack up points for a guaranteed playoff appearance, look for him to be a threat.
CAPITALS VS HURRICANES SERIES HISTORY
Number of all-time meetings: 172
All-time series record: Capitals lead 96-62-14
Last Meeting: Capitals win 3-1 (12/27/2018)
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