Alex Ovechkin is just two goals shy of 700. Will he get it on Saturday when the Capitals (36-13-5) host the Philadelphia Flyers (29-18-7)? Tune in to NBC Sports Washington for all the action. Pregame coverage begins at 6 p.m. with Caps FaceOff Live followed by Caps Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. bringing you all the way up to the 7 p.m. puck drop. Be sure to stay with NBC Sports Washington after the game for postgame coverage with Caps Postgame Live and Caps Overtime Live.
Here's what you need to know for Saturday's game.
Ovechkin has 698 career goals and sits just two away from 700. Two goals in a game is tough to do, but considering the heater Ovechkin is on, it would almost be surprising if he didn't score twice on Saturday. Ovechkin has scored 14 goals in seven games to vault himself into the league lead in goals with 40 on the season. When he reaches 700, he will be the eighth player in NHL history to reach that milestone.
Martin Fehervary was recalled on Saturday which should come as no surprise after he was held out of the lineup for Hershey's game on Saturday. Fehervary played for Washington in Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Kings, then was sent back to Hershey in order to save cap space with a three-day gap between games.
On Tuesday, Fehervary played in place of Siegenthaler, but ultimately played most of the game in Jensen's spot on the second pair. On Saturday, he will replace Jensen and Jensen will be a healthy scratch.
Here are the lines from morning skate:
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson
Carl Hagelin - Lars Eller - Richard Panik
Brendan Leipsic - Nic Dowd - Garnet Hathaway
Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Martin Fehervary
Jonas Siegenthaler - RadkoGudas
Holtby will start
Braden Holtby will get the start after a strong performance on Tuesday against the Kings. He made 29 saves on 31 shots for a .935 save percentage in the win. Across from Holtby will be Brian Elliott who will get the start for the Flyers. Their young No. 1 netminder Carter Hart is injured and remains out of the lineup.
When last we met
The Caps last played Philadelphia on Jan. 8, a 3-2 loss to the Flyers in Philadelphia. That game reflected how bad the power play had become as Washington failed to score in five opportunities and gave up the game-winning goal to Kevin Hayes on a shorthanded breakaway. There was no reason Washington should have lost that game except for the power play.
Saturday's game is the third of four meetings between these teams this season and the first meeting in Washington.
As this will be the first game between these two teams at Capital One Arena this season, this will mark Matt Niskanen's return. Niskanen was traded to the Flyers for Radko Gudas in the offseason after five seasons with the Caps. As one of the key players on the team's Stanley Cup run, you can expect a video tribute.
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