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How to watch: Capitals vs. Bruins: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

How to watch: Capitals vs. Bruins: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

The Washington Capitals will be looking to get back to their winning ways against the Boston Bruins Wednesday night after a poor performance against Columbus on Monday. 

The Caps lost what could be called a trap game to the Blue Jackets 5-2, despite a solid performance in net from Braden Holtby. Similarly, though, the Bruins lost to the lowly Ottawa Senators - eerily by an identical 5-2 score. 

Nights like those just go to show any team can win on any given night in the NHL. The Capitals and Bruins will both be looking to bounce back in an interdivisional heavyweight contest, especially after a Capitals shootout win in mid-November.

Here's how to catch the action. 

Capitals-Bruins: How to Watch

What: Game 33 of the NHL regular season

Who: Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins

When: Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 7 p.m.

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

TV Channel: Capitals-Bruins game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network. (NBC Sports channel finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Bruins on NBC Sports live stream page.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7

Capitals-Bruins TV Schedule

6:00 PM: Caps FaceOff Live

6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

7:00 PM: Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins LIVE (NBCSN)

9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

Capitals-Bruins Injury Report

Capitals: None

Bruins: Zach Senyshyn, RW: lower body, day-to-day

Karson Kuhlman, C: leg, day-to-day

Kevan Miller, D: leg, day-to-day

Capitals-Bruins Players to Watch

Niklas Backstrom, C, Capitals: Other than Braden Holtby's stout performance in net, Backstrom was another bright spot on the stat sheet against Columbus on Monday night. He scored once and assisted another in the 5-2 losing effort in his first game back from an upper-body injury that kept him out the eight prior games. He now has 20 points (5 G, 15 A) through 24 games played this season.

Brad Marchand, LW, Bruins: Marchand is fourth in the league's scoring charts having scored 46 points (18 G, 26 A) through 31 games played. He scored a personal best 100 points last season and was instrumental once again on the offensive side of the Senators loss, assisting both goals. That performance could spark a more productive run for Marchand, as he had only notched one assist in the five previous games.

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Capitals vs. Predators: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, how to watch

Capitals vs. Predators: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, how to watch

After sitting out the Capitals' 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens due to a suspension for skipping the All-Star Game, Alex Ovechkin returns to game action on Wednesday for Washington's home contest against the Predators.

Nashville has dropped three of its last four while the Capitals are riding a four-game winning streak.

Here's everything you need to know before puck drop.

CAPITALS vs. PREDATORS: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Nashville Predators

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: Wednesday, January 29, 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Capitals-Predators game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Predators game on NBC Sports Washington live stream page.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7

CAPITALS-PREDATORS TV SCHEDULE:

6:30 PM: Caps Faceoff Live

7:00 PM: Caps Pregame Live

7:30 PM: Capitals vs. Predators

10:00 PM: Caps Postgame Live

10:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live

CAPITALS-PREDATORS INJURY REPORT:

Capitals: None

Canadiens: Ryan Ellis (upper body/OUT), Colton Sissons (upper body/OUT)

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What makes Alex Ovechkin so hard to stop?

What makes Alex Ovechkin so hard to stop?

With Alex Ovechkin’s one-game suspension over, the NHL now once again faces the seemingly impossible task of trying to find a way to stop the Great 8. Even at 34 years old, Ovechkin remains one of the top goal scorers in the NHL with 34 on the season. He is currently on pace for 56 goals which is almost unfathomable for a player of his age.

Many players in the NHL catch fire before defenses begin to figure them out or until Father Time catches up to them. Coaches and defenses figure out ways to keep star players in check. But not Ovechkin.

“You feel like you're covering him, but he always finds a way,” Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi said. “He needs just a tiny bit of room to score goals and that's why he has so many goals.”

Not only is Ovechkin the leading active scorer in the NHL by a wide margin -- he leads second place Patrick Marleau by 133 goals -- but he is such a prolific scorer that he could potentially make a run at the untouchable goal record held by Wayne Gretzky.

It is not as if Ovechkin is catching anyone by surprise at this point. Teams know what they are in for when they play the Caps and still they cannot find a way to slow down this grey-haired, 34-year-old veteran player.

It is not hard to figure out the biggest reason for Ovechkin's success: his shot. Once Ovechkin gets his shot off, it is hard for a goalie to get in front of it.

“He's not afraid to put anything on net,” Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck said. “He's got a really good release and if you give him space, he'll take it and he'll make you pay for it.”

“It kind of curves, changing direction every time so it's pretty hard to stop for a goalie,” Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy said. “Like knuckleball, right? So it's very hard to stop.”

Knowing that his shot is so lethal, the focus of a defense must be to prevent him from getting his shot away in the first place. Doing that, however, is easier said than done.

“It's always a challenge playing against him,” Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said. “He's got that mean streak to his game. When he's coming at full speed it's going to hurt. He gets physical, he gets into the game more. He's always going to get scoring changes, that's how good they are as a team and that's how good he is.”

“He just can score from anywhere inside the blue line so you've got to get up on him,” Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano said. “ It's been pretty impressive to watch him over the years. You sort of think teams would come up with a gameplan to stop him, but you can't.”

That’s a feeling Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy can relate to.

“[The power play] is where I think you have the biggest challenge with that group of five guys and how to frustrate him, maybe to taking that shot away,” Cassidy said. “Five-on-five, we'll play him like anybody else, try to get a body on him as much as possible.”

It is essentially accepted around the league that if you give Ovechkin an opportunity with the puck, he is going to be able to find a way to get his shot off and get on the scoresheet. He does not need much room to shoot and when he does, it's lethal.

There is only so much you can do when a power forward of Ovechkin's size comes barreling down on you. If you play him too tight, he can create space with his physicality. Play him too loose and he will fire shots from anywhere.

That leaves a defense with only a few strategies.

“Try to keep the puck out of his hand is one thing, stay out of the box is another thing,” Hedman said. “He's got that quick release, he's got that one-timer down to a T obviously. … It's just trying to eliminate them to a few a game. You look at a game sheet and he's got 14 shot attempts and two goals. A good player's going to find the net if they get that many chances, so try to eliminate the shot attempts and try to keep the puck out of his hands.”

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