The Capitals enjoyed a strong start to their 2021 season with back-to-back road wins over the Buffalo Sabres, but they weren't able to keep the momentum going in Pittsburgh.
The Penguins won both games, one coming in overtime and another coming after a shootout. Now, the Caps are returning home for the first time this season, and they are set to face the same Sabres they swept in Buffalo.
The Caps jumped out to a 3-1 lead against the Penguins, only to let two points slip away after a litany of mistakes late. Tom Wilson was a clear standout in Pittsburgh, scoring two goals on Tuesday night. But it wasn't enough to come away with a victory.
Washington will now play their first home games of the season, where they went 18-10-5 during the 2019-20 season. Be sure to tune in on Friday night to see the Caps back in town.
Here's everything you need to know about the game.
CAPITALS VS. SABRES HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
When: Friday, January 22, 2021, at 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Sabres will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Sabres on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams app.
CAPITALS VS. SABRES TV SCHEDULE
6:00 PM: Capitals Pregame Live (LIVE 7:00 PM: Capitals vs. Sabres (LIVE) 9:30 PM: Capitals Postgame Live (LIVE)
CAPITALS VS. SABRES WHAT TO WATCH
- Alex Ovechkin is now just one goal behind legend Mike Gartner in all-time goals. Ovechkin is sitting at 707, and could easily pass Gartner in a single game as he continues to chase the all-time record. Ovechkin has enjoyed setting these milestones at home in the past, so be on the lookout for him to make a run at Gartner on Friday.
- The Caps are coming off a couple of tough overtime losses to their hated rivals from Pittsburgh. Washington had plenty of opportunities to win both contests, but could get the key goal when they needed it. They'll now hope to bounce back against a Sabres team they swept in their first two games of the 2021 season.
- The Sabres have two key players for the Caps to keep their eyes on. Jack Eichel and Taylor Hall are both tied for the NHL lead in total points this season though five of Hall's six and all six of Eichel's points have come on assists. But their six points each is double anybody else on Buffalo, so the Caps know exactly who to watch on Friday.
CAPITALS VS. SABRES PLAYERS TO WATCH
Capitals: Tom Wilson, RW (4 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 5 points). Alex Ovechkin is tied for the team lead with five points so far on the young season, but it's Wilson who he's tied with and who has looked like perhaps the best player on the ice. He's coming off a two-goal performance against the Penguins that's given him the early team lead in scoring.
Sabres: Jack Eichel, C (4 games, 0 goals, 6 assists, 6 points). Eichel is one of the game's brightest young stars, and he currently leads the NHL in assists. He has yet to find the back of the net this season, and is coming off his first pointless game of the season, so the Caps will have to key in on him to keep him from bouncing back.