After dominating the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1 on Tuesday night, the Washington Capitals are set to take on their longtime rival once again Saturday afternoon.
Thursday evening did not go as well for the Capitals as Tuesday did, as the Buffalo Sabres came to town and spoiled Nicklas Backstrom's 1,000 career game with a 5-2 victory in what was an overall disappointing night for Washington.
The Caps lacked a "compete level" on Thursday, according to center Lars Eller, but the team has the chance to get things back on track on Saturday with another date with Philadelphia.
Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday's clash between the Capitals and Flyers.
CAPITALS VS. FLYERS HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
When: Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Flyers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)
CAPITALS VS. FLYERS TV SCHEDULE
11:30 AM: Capitals Pregame Live (LIVE) 12:30 PM: Capitals vs. Flyers (LIVE) 3:00 PM: Capitals Postgame Live (LIVE)
CAPITALS VS. FLYERS WHAT TO WATCH
- The Capitals won all three games against Flyers last month after blowing an amazing four-point Alex Ovechkin performance in February. The second meeting saw Washington get off to a fast start thanks to goals from Ovechkin, Conor Sheary, and John Carlson, who scored his 500th career point. That terrific start helped the Caps hold on to the 5-3 win before keeping things even closer two days later against Philadelphia, opportunistically winning, 5-4, in their third meeting despite losing Lars Eller to injury mid-game.
- As mentioned earlier, Washington's hot streak against Philadelphia continued earlier this week with a 6-1 victory over the Flyers. Six different Capitals players found the back of the net in that game, with recently re-signed Conor Sheary leading the way with three points in the matchup.
CAPITALS VS. FLYERS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Capitals: Alex Ovechkin, LW (40 games, 22 goals, 17 assists, 39 points): The Capitals have won four straight against the Flyers, with their star scoring at least once in every one of those games.
Claude Giroux, C/LW (41 games, 11 goals, 20 assists, 31 points): The Flyers captain since 2013 has struggled a bit as of late, failing to score one point in each of his last four contests. It's hard to imagine he will stay down much longer, though.