For the first time in franchise history, the Washington Capitals will face the Seattle Kraken when the two teams take the ice on Sunday night.
The Capitals enter Sunday evening's matchup as one of the hottest teams in hockey, winning six of their last seven games. Washington was victorious on Saturday night, defeating the San Jose Sharks 4-0.
Washington currently sits in second place in the Metropolitan Division, while the Kraken is dead last in the Pacific Division. The Capitals will look to end their four-game west coast swing on a high note when they face the Kraken on Sunday night.
Vitek Vanecek, who the Kraken selected in the expansion draft before trading him back to Washington one week later, is expected to be in net for the Capitals in the second of a back-to-back. Ilya Samsonov started vs. the Sharks. Sunday's game will also mark the first time Capitals winger and Seattle area native T.J. Oshie plays professionally in his home state.
Here's everything you need to know before puck drop.
CAPITALS VS. KRAKEN HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. Seattle Kraken
Where: Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, WA
When: Sunday, November 21, 2021, at 9:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Kraken will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)
CAPITALS VS. KRAKEN TV SCHEDULE
8:30 p.m.: Capitals Pregame Live (LIVE)
9:00 p.m.: Capitals vs. Kraken (LIVE)
11:30 p.m.: Capitals Postgame Live (LIVE)
CAPITALS VS. KRAKEN WHAT TO WATCH
From NBC Sports Washington's Andrew Gillis:
After his shutout performance Wednesday against the Los Angeles Kings, the Capitals and coach Peter Laviolette turned to Ilya Samsonov for the second game in a row. And once again, Samsonov was excellent... Read more.
From NBC Sports Washington's J.J. Regan:
When the Capitals set up the power play, you see plenty of familiar faces on the ice such as Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and John Carlson. But there is one player who causes more head-scratching than any other. Conor Sheary is a very dynamic player who contributes a lot of different things for Washington, but he is not among the team's top offensive weapons. On a team that doesn't lack offensive skill, why has Sheary become a fixture on the Capitals' power play?... Read more.
CAPITALS VS. KRAKEN PLAYERS TO WATCH
Conor Sheary, Capitals, LW (18 games, 5 goals, 4 assists): Conor Sheary had arguably his best game of the season on Saturday, scoring a pair of goals for Washington in the Capitals 4-0 win over the Sharks. We'll see if Sheary can continue his hot play Sunday night in Seattle.
Jaden Schwartz, Kraken, C (17 games, 3 goals, 9 assists): Through the first part of the Kraken's season, center Jaden Schwartz has been the team's best assist man. His nine assists are tied with Alex Wennberg for the team's high. We'll see if Schwartz can continue to facilitate the puck successful against a Capitals defense that has not allowed a goal the past two games.