This past week in Raleigh hasn't been kind to the Washington Capitals. After coming into Game 3 with a 2-0 series lead, they now see the series tied after two straight losses to the Carolina Hurricanes on the road.
Now, the Capitals will return to home ice for Game 5, hoping that the circumstances and having won four previous Game 5's will help propel them to a victory that will put them one win away from the second round.
Still, they'll have to make do without T.J. Oshie, who was injured by a hit from Warren Foegele at the end of Game 4 and could be out for a while. To make up for it, Washington will look to last year's playoff hero in Devante Smith-Pelly, who hasn't played in the NHL since being assigned to Hershey in February.
Here's everything you need to know before Saturday's crucial matchup, which kicks off at 8 p.m. on NBC.
Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 5 How to Watch:
What: 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Eastern Conference First Round. Game 5: Washington Capitals vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.
TV Channel: NBC (Channel Finder)
How To Watch: Stream pregame and postgame coverage Game 5 of Capitals vs. Hurricanes on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app or tune into NBC Sports Washington.
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan FM)
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Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 5 TV Schedule:
NBC Sports Washington TV Schedule:
6:30 PM: Caps Faceoff Live
7:00 PM: Caps Pregame Live
8:00 PM: Capitals vs. Hurricanes (NBC)
10:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live
11:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live
Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 5 Injury Report:
Capitals: Michal Kempny (torn hamstring, out for season), T.J. Oshie (upper-body, out)
Hurricanes: Andrei Svechnikov (concussion protocol, out), Micheal Ferland (upper-body, out), Jordan Martinook (lower-body, out)
Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 5 Players to watch:
Devante Smith-Pelly, F, Capitals (0 G, 0 A, 0 P)
Following the injury to Oshie, the Capitals had to fill in on the wing, and decided to call-up last year's playoff hero in Smith-Pelly. En route to the Cup last year, the 26-year-old had seven goals, which included goals in three straight against the Vegas Golden Knights in the Cup Final. He also scored the Game 5 game-tying goal that ultimately helped Washington later clinch the championship.
He had just eight points in 54 games with the Capitals this season and was said to not be at the level he was last year, so he was waived and sent to Hershey near the deadline. In 20 games with the Bears, he had six goals and 13 points, as well as one hat-trick. Look for him to make an impact as he makes his highly-anticipated return to the lineup.
Warren Foegele, F, Hurricanes (3 G, 2 A, 5 P)
After his dangerous play on Oshie, Foegele won't be facing a suspension or repercussion from the league, which is rather lucky for Carolina. He's been outstanding for the Hurrianes so far this series with goals in two straight games, including a two-goal performance in Game 3. He's had a long road to the NHL and has worked hard to make it into the 'Canes top-6.
He should be dangerous in a crucial Game 5, but will surely be public enemy number one.
Capitals at Hurricanes Series History:
Number of all-time meetings: 176
All-time series record: Capitals lead 98-64-14
Last Meeting: Hurricanes win 2-1 (4/18/19)
MORE CAPITALS NEWS:
- 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Recapping Thursday's games from around the league
- 'He barely hit him': Rod Brind'Amour downplays Foegele's check on Oshie
- DSP in, Oshie out: How changes to the offense can impact Caps in Game 5