The COVID pandemic has thrown all major U.S. sports for a loop once again, most recently wreaking havoc on the NHL. For the Washington Capitals, their last two games before Christmas were postponed due to outbreaks around the league.
If all goes according to plan, the Caps will hit the ice again to take on the Ottawa Senators on Monday, Dec. 27. For Washington, it'll be a chance to claw their way back towards the top of the Metropolitan division. For Ottawa, a win is desperately needed as they look to escape the near-bottom of the Atlantic Division ahead of the new year.
With the pandemic looming but both teams eager for a handy two points, here's everything you need to know about Capitals vs. Senators:
CAPITALS VS. SENATORS HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. Ottawa Senators
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: Monday, December 27, 2021, at 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Flames will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Flames on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and the MyTeams app.
CAPITALS VS. SENATORS TV SCHEDULE
6:30 p.m. Capitals Pregame Live
7:00 p.m. Capitals vs. Senators
9:30 p.m. Capitals Postgame Live
CAPITALS VS. SENATORS WHAT TO WATCH
Making do with what you've got has been the name of the game for the Washington Capitals all season. That mantra has been especially prevalent of late as the team's roster has been depleted not only by injuries, but by the reserve/COVID-19 list as well.
Nicklas Backstrom was able to suit up for just one game following his long-term hip injury before landing on the COVID list, so the Capitals will likely have to make up for his spot at the center position in his absence. Evgeny Kuznetsov is also out due to pandemic protocol, so Peter Laviolette's replacements at center will be of huge importance on Monday night.
CAPITALS VS. SENATORS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals (31 games, 22 goals, 25 points): Ovechkin went pointless in a game for the first time since Nov. 30 when the L.A. Kings stomped into Washington on Sunday. However, Ovechkin's 47 points on the year are third-most in the league, so it can be expected that he won't remain dormant for long.
Drake Batherson, RW, Senators (23 games, 9 goals, 19 points): The 23-year-old Batherson has been Ottawa's leading point-getter this season, which is impressive especially when you consider he was a fourth-round draft pick in 2017. He hasn't scored in two games, though, so keep an eye on Batherson as he, like Ovechkin, tries to put an end to a short-term slump.