The Capitals (37-16-5) wrap up a three-game road trip out west on Monday with a trip to face the Vegas Golden Knights (30-22-8). Catch the game broadcast as well as pre and postgame coverage on NBC Sports Washington. Pregame coverage begins at 5 p.m. with Caps FaceOff Live followed by Caps Pregame Live at 5:30 p.m. taking you up to the game broadcast at 6 p.m. Stick with NBC Sports Washington after the game for postgame coverage with Caps Postgame Live, D.C. Sports Live, and Caps Overtime Live.
Here is what you need to know for Monday's game.
Stuck on 698
Alex Ovechkin remains two goals away from reaching 700 as he has been held scoreless in each of the last four games. This the first time this season Ovechkin has been held without a goal for four games.
The good news is that he was a huge threat in Saturday's game in Arizona with 17 shot attempts and eight shots on goal so not only is he due for one, he's also really pushing to get into the back of the net. Vegas would be a fitting place to do it considering it is where he hoisted the Stanley Cup two years ago.
Kuznetsov is still out
Evgeny Kuznetsov was declared out by Todd Reirden on Sunday making this the third straight game he has missed with an upper-body injury. He took line rushes at Sunday's practice centering the third line so there is hope he could return soon, but it will not be for Monday's game against the Golden Knights.
With Kuznetsov out, here are the projected lines:
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Lars Eller - T.J. Oshie
Carl Hagelin - Travis Boyd - Richard Panik
Brendan Leipsic - Nic Dowd - Garnet Hathaway
Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Nick Jensen
Jonas Siegenthaler - Radko Gudas
Holtby gets the start
Braden Holtby will get his third straight start for the Caps on Monday, Reirden told the media. No one would argue that it's been a great season for Holtby, overall, but his play has really improved of late. On Saturday he turned aside 27 of the 29 shots he faced against the Arizona Coyotes and in his last two starts combined he has a .936 save percentage.
When last we met
Monday's game will be the second and final meeting between the Caps and Golden Knights this season. Washington won the previous meeting at home on Nov. 9, defeating Vegas 5-2. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 58 seconds into the game and Tom Wilson made it 2-0 in the first period. Jonas Siegenthaler would also score his first NHL goal and it came on the anniversary of his NHL debut.
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