The Capitals' four-game winning streak came to a screeching halt Thursday with a 7-3 loss at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Caps will look to get back on track Saturday in a tilt with the lowly Montreal Canadiens.
Montreal enters play Friday with 51 points on the season, second fewest in the NHL ahead of only the Arizona Coyotes. The Habs will host Washington in the second contest of a five-game road trip for the Capitals as they attempt to improve on their playoff standing down the stretch.
Here's everything you need to know before puck drop.
CAPITALS VS. CANADIENS HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens
Where: Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
When: Saturday, April 16, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Canadiens will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)
CAPITALS VS. CANADIENS TV SCHEDULE
6:30 p.m.: Caps Pregame Live (LIVE)
7:00 p.m.: Capitals vs. Canadiens (LIVE)
9:30 p.m.: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)
CAPITALS VS. CANADIENS WHAT TO WATCH
From NBC Sports Washington's Andrew Gillis:
"It’d be hard to find many positives to take from the Capitals’ performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. But those negatives are even more problematic when compared with the previous few weeks, as some of the Capitals' old problems came back to haunt them." Read more.
From NBC Sports Washington's J.J. Regan:
"Absences from practice are common in the NHL. Even if a player is not sick or injured, sometimes you won't see them out on the ice due to what the team calls 'maintenance.' What is not so frequent, however, is to see that maintenance take a player out of a game." Read more.
CAPITALS VS. CANADIENS PLAYERS TO WATCH
John Carlson, Capitals, D (70 games, 15 goals, 51 assists): John Carlson enters the weekend riding a five-game point streak during which he's tallied four goals and seven assists. He ranks fourth among defensemen in the NHL this season with 66 points.
Nick Suzuki, Canadiens, C (74 games, 19 goals, 37 assists): If there's an offensive statistic, Nick Suzuki probably leads the Canadiens in it. The 22-year-old Ontario native has looked every bit the part of a building block for Montreal's future.