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How to watch Capitals vs. Wild

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The Washington Capitals are in Minnesota to face the Wild for the back end of a back-to-back on Saturday. Peter Laviolette's squad will be catching a break as Kirill Kaprizov is out of the lineup following an upper-body injury he sustained against the Boston Bruins.

"He's seeing the docs, getting looked at here today," Wild coach Dean Evason said. "… Just that (he's) definitely out [Saturday], and we hope for the best-case scenario or the best positivity that we play tomorrow, and then we've got some time off (next play Jan 14.) to not only heal him up but other people as well."

Kaprizov scored a power-play goal earlier in the game to tie it 1-1 against the Bruins and leads Minnesota with 40 points (14 goals, 26 assists) in 32 games this season.

Here's what to know when Washington visits Minnesota on Saturday night:

CAPITALS VS. WILD HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Minnesota Wild

Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota

When: Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals vs. Wild will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)

Live Stream: You can stream Capitals vs. Wild on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams app.

 

CAPITALS VS. WILD TV SCHEDULE

7:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live (LIVE)

8:00 PM: Capitals vs. Wild (LIVE)

10:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)

CAPITALS VS. WILD WHAT TO WATCH

From NBC Sports Washington's Matt Weyrich:

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CAPITALS VS. WILD PLAYERS TO WATCH

Capitals: Alex Ovechkin, LW (34 games, 24 goals, 26 assists, 50 points): Age is nothing but a number for Ovechkin, who is third in NHL in points and second in goals scored. Furthermore, the Capitals captain leads the team in assists, goals, and points, and the next closest to the 36-year-old is Evgeny Kuznetsov who has 11 goals and 33 points. John Carlson is third on the team with 24 points. 

Wild: Ryan Hartman, RW (32 games, 15 goals, 13 assists, 28 points): With Kaprizov out of the lineup, the Wild will lean on Hartman to help with the loss. The 27-year-old leads Minnesota in goals and is second on the team in points, so Washington will hope to limit Hartman and have others on the team beat them.