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How to watch Capitals vs. Predators

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The Washington Capitals are sliding. They began calendar year 2022 with four straight losses and have now lost three of their last four, most recently dropping a 4-1 contest to the Ottawa Senators, who themselves sit just two spots above the bottom of the Atlantic division.

Simply put, Washington needs a win. Better yet, they need to do something they haven't done since November and string more than two wins together. Now fourth place in the Metropolitan division, the Caps kick off a four-game road trip in Nashville to take on the Predators on Tuesday night. 

Also of note regarding Tuesday's matchup is Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette. He's on the precipice of history, as a win in Nashville would make it 700 career wins for the skipper. He also was the Predators head coach for six years, so the away matchup this week is sure to be an emotional one.

Nashville is in the driver's seat, though, playing at home at Bridgestone Arena. They're also on the heels of a two-game losing streak and are eager to snag sole possession of second place in the Central division.

Here's everything you need to know before puck drop.

CAPITALS VS. PREDATORS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Nashville Predators

Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN

When: Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET

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

 

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

CAPITALS VS. PREDATORS TV SCHEDULE

7:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live (LIVE)

8:00 PM: Capitals vs. Predators (LIVE)

10:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)

CAPITALS VS. PREDATORS WHAT TO WATCH

From NBC Sports Washington's Andrew Gillis:

"Over the last few weeks, patience has grown to frustration and the loss to Ottawa ended a five-day stretch where Washington lost at home to Columbus and won ugly in Montreal. And a big part of that frustration, as evidenced by the loss Sunday, is that there’s no apparent fix at the moment." Read more.

"They are now 6-9-2 since 2022 began and many worrying trends, including goaltending and offensive firepower, have persisted. They've tallied just 14 points in 17 games since the new year, about a 67-point pace over an 82-game season. The offense has taken a dip, the defense has had a few too many breakdowns and the goaltending has been inconsistent. Whatever the fixes are, the Capitals haven't found them out this year." Read more.

CAPITALS VS. PREDATORS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Capitals: Alex Ovechkin, LW (48 games, 29 goals, 31 assists): If the Caps are going to come out of their current slump, it simply must flow through Ovechkin. He's far and away Washington's best point scorer, yet he hasn't scored a goal in his last six games--a stretch in which he's mustered only two assists.

Predators: Filip Forsberg, LW (35 games, 24 goals, 16 assists): Look away, Caps fans: remember when Washington traded Forsberg for Martin Erat and Michael Latta? Well, Forsberg is tearing it up for Nashville this season, leading the team with 24 goals despite playing in 10 less games than most of the rest of the squad. Forsberg is also riding a six-game point streak into battle on Tuesday.