Hockey is back, for real this time. Monday will mark the Washington Capitals' first action that counts in nearly five months.
Set up in the hub city of Toronto in the NHL bubble, the Capitals will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in their first round robin matchup as they play for seeding in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Washington has some practices, scrimmages and exhibitions under its belt, but Monday will be the first taste of live, physical hockey since March.
In what promises to be an exciting matchup, here's everything you need to know about Capitals vs. Lightning.
CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada
When: Monday, August 3, 4:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Lightning will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Lightning on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams app.
CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING TV SCHEDULE
3:00 PM: Capitals Pregame Live (LIVE)
4:00 PM: Capitals vs. Lightning (LIVE)
6:30 PM: Capitals Postgame Live (LIVE)
CAPITALS VS. LIGHTNING WHAT TO WATCH
- John Carlson was an essential part of the Caps success during the first portion of the 2019-20 season, and they'll need him again during the restart. However, after an injury scare on Wednesday, Carlson's game status is still up in the air despite practicing on Saturday.
- The hopes of the Capitals once again rest on the shoulders of Braden Holtby. With Ilya Samsonov out for the restart, it will be up to Holtby to perform in goal in what could be his last run in a Caps uniform.
-Alex Ovechkin is unquestionably one of the greatest players in NHL history, and he showed that he is always ready to go as he scored twice in the exhibition. Washington needs Ovi, and it looks like Ovi is ready.
CAPITALS VS. LIGHTNING PLAYERS TO WATCH
Capitals: Alex Ovechkin, LW (68 games, 48 goals, 19 assists, 67 points in 2019-20). On pace to lead the NHL in goals this season, Ovechkin is always a threat and the player you need to keep your eyes on. Summer of Ovi part two?
Hurricanes: Nikita Kucherov, RW (68 games, 33 goals, 52 assists, 85 points in 2019-20). Kucherov does it all for the Lightning, leading the team in points, goals and assists. He's just as lethal scoring as he is passing.
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