The Washington Capitals followed up their grueling road trip--from which they grabbed five out of a possible eight points--with a 6-3 victory at home vs. Montreal on Wednesday.
Now, with turkey day upcoming this week, the guys in red face off against a daunting opponent on Friday: the Florida Panthers. Heading into Wednesday night, Florida was tied with a league-best 29 points on the season. The last time the Caps and Panthers met resulted in a 5-4 victory for the latter in overtime.
Washington is hungry for revenge. Here's everything you need to know for Thursday night's game...
CAPITALS VS. PANTHERS HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at 5 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Panthers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)
CAPITALS VS. PANTHERS TV SCHEDULE
4:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live (LIVE)
5:00 PM: Capitals vs. Panthers (LIVE)
7:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)
CAPITALS VS. PANTHERS WHAT TO WATCH
From NBC Sports Washington's J.J. Regan:
The Capitals received both good and bad news concerning their top six Wednesday.
Right winger T.J. Oshie landed on Injured Reserve, four days after blocking a puck off his right foot against the San Jose Sharks. Having already missed three weeks this season with a foot injury, Oshie is at least eligible to return in time for Sunday’s clash with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Yet while Oshie takes the week to heal, Washington did see center Nicklas Backstrom participate in morning skate Wednesday in a non-contact jersey. Backstrom has yet to appear in a game this season as a result of offseason hip surgery. Read more...
CAPITALS VS. PANTHERS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Capitals: Alex Ovechkin, LW (20 games, 15 goals, 18 assists): Ovechkin's performance on Wednesday night was the 16th time in his career when the Great 8 has notched three or more assists in a game. He continues to showcase his dual-threat ability offensively, so keep an eye on him doing much of the same on Friday.
Panthers: Jonathan Huberdeau, LW (19 game, 6 goals, 12 assists): Huberdeau has been the league's most underrated player (along with Nicklas Backstrom) for years now. He's proving that again this year, as his 18 points on the season are a team-high. He and Aleksander Barkov combine for one of the most lethal pairings in hockey.