After four and a half months without Capitals hockey, Washington will be back on the ice Sunday for its preseason opener against the Boston Bruins.
The Capitals split their season series with the Bruins last year, setting the stage for another intense rivalry between the Metropolitan Division rivals. Though Sunday's contest will only be an exhibition game, it will give Washington its first chance to avenge its first-round playoff loss to Boston from a season ago.
Here's how to watch.
CAPITALS VS. BRUINS HOW TO WATCH
What: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Bruins will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington
CAPITALS VS. BRUINS TV SCHEDULE
4:00 PM: Washington Football Postgame Live (LIVE)
5:00 PM: Capitals vs. Bruins (LIVE)
7:30 PM: Poker Night in America: Season 8, Ep. 14 (R)
CAPITALS VS. BRUINS WHAT TO WATCH
From NBC Sports Washington's Capitals Insider J.J. Regan:
How does Evgeny Kuznetsov look? Rumors about the team seeking to trade Evgeny Kuznetsov were rampant in the offseason, but he remains with the Caps for another year. Whether that was because the team still has faith in him or because he proved too hard to move is a question for another day. What matters is that he remains in Washington and the Caps need him to perform better than he has the past few seasons. (Read more)
Will any prospects compete for a roster spot? The pipeline is pretty bare for Washington after years of competing for a Cup, but will there be any players who surprise us during camp and force their way into consideration for a roster spot? (Read more)
CAPITALS VS. BRUINS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Capitals: Alex Ovechkin, LW (45 games, 24 goals, 18 assists, 42 points in 2021): Ovechkin is entering his age-36 season with a new contract and a quest to break Wayne Gretzky's all-time goals record. Though he won't surpass the mark this year, he's reached the point in his career where the critics expect him to start breaking down any time now. He won't push it in preseason but is always a player to watch when he's on the ice.
Bruins: Brad Marchand, LW (53 games, 29 goals, 40 assists, 69 points in 2021): Marchand tied for the Bruins' lead in goals (3) and led them in penalty minutes (10) during Boston's first-round series against the Capitals. He's a player Washington will monitor closely throughout the contest, both for his undeniable ability to find the back of the net and his history facing the Capitals.