The Capitals will host the Florida Panthers on Saturday in a rematch of last season's first-round playoff matchup. Though the Capitals have been eliminated from playoff contention, Saturday's matchup will have huge playoff implications as the Panthers are still vying for a Wild Card spot in the Eastern conference.
Each game still matters when it comes to seeding for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and this weekend's main event has extra significance given the history between the two squads. Will Washington come out on top in their final meeting with Florida in the 2022-23 season?
Here's everything you need to know before puck drop.
CAPITALS VS. PANTHERS HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: Saturday, April 8, 2023, at 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Panthers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus channel (NBC Sports channel finder)
Live Stream: You can stream Capitals vs. Panthers on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams app.
CAPITALS VS. PANTHERS TV SCHEDULE
6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live (LIVE)
7:00 PM: Capitals vs. Panthers (LIVE)
9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)
CAPITALS VS. PANTHERS WHAT TO WATCH
From NBC Sports Washington's Matt Weyrich:
"The Capitals, who were officially eliminated from playoff contention Tuesday, have lost five straight games with a 7-15-3 overall record since the All-Star Break. They’ll take the day off Friday before hosting the Florida Panthers on Saturday night." Read more.
From NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux:
"It's been one month since Sandin joined the Capitals. And, after being buried on Toronto's third defensive pairing for much of the season, the recently turned 23-year-old has taken on a larger role for his new club and impressed along the way." Read more.
CAPITALS VS. PANTHERS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Capitals: Conor Sheary, LW (78 games, 15 goals, 20 assists): Sheary is the only Capitals player this season to have suited up in all 78 games thus far. With three goals in his last seven games, Washington's ironman has found some offensive stride as the season comes to a close.
Panthers: Matthew Tkachuk, LW (75 games, 39 goals, 64 assists): One of the Panthers' big acquisitions last offseason, Matthew Tkachuk has fit right in with his new team. With just two more points in Florida's last five games, he'd eclipse his career high of 104 points set last season in Calgary.