The Capitals play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night with first place in the Metropolitan Division on the line (7 p.m., NBC Sports Washington).
Washington (16-9-3) leads with 35 points, Columbus (16-10-2) has 34. The Capitals are concluding a three-game road trip.
Here are four things to watch:
Washington will be without Tom Wilson (upper body injury) for the second game in a row. He took a hard hit from Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves in a 5-3 loss Tuesday.
The Capitals recalled forward Riley Barber from AHL Hershey and have placed forward T.J. Oshie on injured reserve.
Alex Ovechkin has at least one point in 10 straight games. It is the sixth time in his career Ovechkin has had a streak this long. His career best is 13 games from Dec. 30, 2006 to Feb. 1, 2007.
Ovechkin has 34 points (21 goals, 13 assists), which is tied for ninth in the NHL with teammate Nicklas Backstrom (10 goals, 24 assists) and two others.
What about Bob?
Columbus goes with Sergei Bobrovsky in goal. It is his sixth consecutive start. He made 33 saves in a Nov. 9 win at Washington.
The Capitals have always played well against Bobrovsky. He has a .904 save percentage and a 2.93 goals-against average in 23 games against Washington.
Todd Reirden will keep Andre Burakovsky on the top line in place of Wilson. He scored the go-ahead goal late in the 4-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.
The only other change is defenseman Madison Bowey back in the lineup to play with Jonas Siegenthaler on the third pair. Christian Djoos sits for just the second time this season. Barber could fill in if any forward is a late scratch because of illness.
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