The Capitals and Blackhawks will face off against each other for the second time in two weeks Wednesday night, with this matchup coming in the Windy City.
Chicago stunned the Capitals the last time these two teams met, beating Washington 4-3 in a shootout. The Capitals will look to get revenge for that loss and build upon their narrow lead atop the Metropolitan Division.
Washington will hope to do so with the help of Nicklas Backstrom, who may be able to return from the hip injury that sidelined him for the first two months of the season.
Here's everything you need to know before puck drop.
CAPITALS vs. BLACKHAWKS HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
When: Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, at 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Blackhawks will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)
CAPITALS vs. BLACKHAWKS TV SCHEDULE
7:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live (LIVE)
8:00 PM: Capitals vs. Blackhawks (LIVE)
10:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)
CAPITALS vs. BLACKHAWKS WHAT TO WATCH
From NBC Sports Washington's Matt Weyrich:
"When asked during morning skate Wednesday whether [Nicklas] Backstrom would return for their game against the Chicago Blackhawks, [Peter] Laviolette didn't offer a straight answer other than to say he'll confer with trainers." Read more.
From NBC Sports Washington's Andrew Gillis:
"Washington didn't play a shootout in its first 23 games of the season, and has now lasted to a shootout in three of its last five games." Read more.
CAPITALS vs. BLACKHAWKS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Capitals: Alex Ovechkin, LW (28 games, 20 goals, 24 assists): Ovechkin has been Washington's best player this season by a healthy margin, and he'll look to continue to play at a high level against Chicago. The Great 8 has picked up at least one point in 10 of his last 11 games.
Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews, C (27 games, 2 goals, 9 assists): Toews's nightmare start to the season came to end recently when he finally notched his first two goals of the season. The three-time Stanley Cup winner hit the post several times against the Capitals two weeks ago and will look to put a few in the net in the rematch.