When the Washington Capitals venture up north to take on the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night, it won’t only be significant for the playoff push. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom will take the ice together for the 1,000th time as Capitals teammates.
With the Ovi-Backy milestone, NBC Sports Washington will be hosting a special one-hour edition of Caps Pregame Live leading up to puck drop at 9 p.m. As part of the extended coverage, the one-hour pregame show, beginning at 8 p.m., will feature an exclusive sitdown between Ovechkin, Backstrom and Al Koken. Capitals teammates will also chime in on what it means to have played with one of the best tandems in NHL history.
Also during Caps Pregame Live will be a roundtable discussion with Joe Beninati, Craig Laughlin, Alan May and Al Koken as they revisit the best Ovechkin-Backstrom moments on their journey to 1,000 games together. In addition, former Vancouver Canucks brother duo Henrik and Daniel Sedin will discuss what it was like playing against the Caps’ tandem and alongside Nicklas Backstrom on the Swedish national team.
There is so much going on for Caps-Flames on Tuesday night, you won’t want to miss a moment! Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the festivities:
CAPITALS VS. FLAMES HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. Calgary Flames
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
When: Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 9:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Flames will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)
Live Stream: The game can be streamed on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page or the MyTeams App.
CAPITALS VS. FLAMES TV SCHEDULE
8:00 PM: Caps Pregame Live (LIVE)
9:00 PM: Capitals vs. Flames (LIVE)
11:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)
CAPITALS VS. FLAMES WHAT TO WATCH
From NBC Sports Washington's J.J. Regan:
Capitals forward Carl Hagelin underwent surgery on his left eye Tuesday for what general manager Brian MacLellan described as a "serious eye injury." The injury happened at practice earlier that day when a stick caught him in the eye and he had to be helped off the ice. MacLellan said Wednesday that the next steps were still to be determined, but the team announced Sunday that Hagelin would be out indefinitely. The injury is significant enough that there is real concern for Hagelin that goes well beyond just his availability on the ice...Read more.
From NBC Sports Washington's Andrew Gillis:
The team’s power play has turned around in recent weeks and scored two goals on the man-advantage in the win. Goaltender Vitek Vanecek stopped 29 of 31 Kraken shots and, since Jan. 1, boasts a .937 save percentage in 11 games. The Capitals earned back-to-back home wins for the first time since mid-January...Read more.
CAPITALS VS. FLAMES PLAYERS TO WATCH
Capitals: Alex Ovechkin, LW (55 games, 34 goals, 34 assists): Washington's captain will hit the ice for the thousandth time alongside his trusty compadre Nicklas Backstrom. Ovechkin has notched six points in his last five games and could continue his torrid streak vs. Calgary, especially if Backstrom is able to find him in his office on the power play.
Maple Leafs: Johnny Gaudreau, LW (54 games, 22 goals, 49 assists): 'Johnny Hockey,' as he's called, is one of the NHL's premier stars as he clocks in at fourth in the league with 71 points on the campaign. Washington's defensive pairings will need to pay special mind to Gaudreau, especially considering he's put up seven points in his last four contests.