The Capitals four-game homestand continues on Monday night when Washington welcomes the Anaheim Ducks to town for the second of two games between the two teams this season.
Washington is coming off a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, a game where Alex Ovechkin notched his 20th goal of the season. The Capitals currently sit atop the Metropolitan Division with 36 points, just ahead of the New York Rangers.
The Ducks enter Monday's game in third place in the Pacific Division with 30 points, five points back of the division-leader Calgary Flames.
The two teams met in November during the Capitals' West Coast trip, as Anaheim ended a four-game Washington winning streak with a 3-2 overtime victory.
Washington is struggling with a COVID-19 outbreak. Garnet Hathaway entered the NHL's COVID protocols on Monday joining teammates Trevor van Reimsdyk and Nic Dowd.
Lars Eller is back with the team after going on the COVID list just prior to the Caps' Nov. 16 game at Anaheim, a 3-2 OT loss. He missed six games before returning Nov. 28 vs. Carolina.
Here's everything you need to know before puck drop.
CAPITALS VS. DUCKS HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. Anaheim Ducks
When: Monday, Dec. 7, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Ducks will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Ducks on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and the MyTeams app.
CAPITALS VS. DUCKS TV SCHEDULE
6:30 p.m. Capitals Pregame Live (LIVE)
7:00 p.m. Capitals vs. Ducks (LIVE)
10:00 p.m. Capitals Postgame Live (LIVE)
CAPITALS VS. DUCKS WHAT TO WATCH
From NBC Sports Washington's Eduardo Razo
"Alex Ovechkin continues to march towards Wayne Gretzky's goal-scoring record, but the Washington Capitals forward is reminding everyone how great he's been throughout his NHL career."...Read more.
From NBC Sports Washington's JJ Regan
"On Tuesday, the Capitals entered the third period against the Florida Panthers with a three-goal lead to protect and lost. On Thursday, Washington took a one-goal lead against the Chicago Blackhawks in the third, but coughed it up and lost in a shootout. After two straight blown third-period leads, a troubling trend was starting to develop. On Saturday, however, the Caps took a step in the right direction by locking down the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 3-1 win." ... Read more.
CAPITALS VS. DUCKS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Capitals: Alex Ovechkin, LW (25 games, 20 goals, 19 assists): Ovechkin continues to play at an extremely high level at 36 years old. He leads the Caps in goals and points and is second in goals in the entire NHL season. Ovechkin remains must-see TV every night.
Troy Terry, RW, Ducks (24 games, 15 goals, 10 assists): Troy Terry has been the most effective skater for the Ducks this season. His 15 goals are nearly double the number of the Ducks' next-highest goal scorer, while his 25 points are also a team-high. Washington will have to focus on stopping him if they hope to split the season series with Anaheim.