The Washington Capitals (3-2-1, 7pts) are coming off of an overtime thriller at home over the Rangers thanks to Matt Niskanen's crafty timing.
Through the first six games of the season, Washington is undefeated on Wednesdays, yet has failed to win consecutive games. The Caps hope to change that trend Friday night at home vs. the Florida Panthers (0-2-2, 2pts).
The Panthers have yet to win a game this season, with each of the four games being decided by just one goal. The Panthers have no problem scoring, netting at least five goals in two of the first four games, but have failed to seal the deal. This is where the defending Stanley Cup champions will need to capitalize.
Only the Maple Leafs (33) and Hurricanes (33) have scored more times than the Capitals (24). Washington has a clear advantage in firepower. The biggest key to victory is keeping the space in front of Braden Holtby clean as a whistle. If the Caps control their goalmouth, they should have no issues dispatching the Panthers.
Here is everything you need to know about the Friday night game, which takes place at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington.
CAPITALS-PANTHERS GAME: HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: Friday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals-Panthers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)
Live Stream: Watch Capitals vs. Panthers on the NBC Sports Washington live stream page and the NBC Sports MyTeams App.
Radio: Caps Radio 24/7, 106.7 The Fan FM
CAPITALS-PANTHERS TV SCHEDULE:
6:00 PM: Caps FaceOff Live
6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live
7:00 PM: NHL: Florida Panthers at Capitals
9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live
10:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live
CAPITALS vs. PANTHERS INJURY REPORT:
Capitals: Travis Boyd (OUT, IR), Tom Wilson (OUT, Suspension)
Panthers: Michael Haley (OUT, Leave of Absence), Roberto Luongo (OUT, MCL injury), Mike Matheson (OUT, Suspension)
CAPITALS vs. PANTHERS PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Evgenii Dadonov, W, Panthers: Dadonov is leading the Panthers this season with two goals and two assists on the season.
John Carlson, D, Capitals: Carlson had a heck of a game vs. the Rangers Wednesday night with a goal and two assists. The Capitals worked on faceoffs in practice leading up to Wednesday night's game and all of the hard work paid off with Carlson's goal coming right off the faceoff from Backstrom.
CAPITALS vs. PANTHERS SERIES HISTORY
Number of all-time Meetings: 123
All-Time Series Record: 64-50-9
Playoff Record: N/A
Last Meeting: Panthers beat Capitals 3-2 (2/22/2018)
Last 10 Meetings: Tied 5-5
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