It's shaping up to be the Washington Capitals' most important game of the season.
Having lost eight of their last 11 and five straight games for the first time since October-November 2014, the Caps host the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night desperate for a win in their first matchup of the season.
The Sharks (28-16-7) are on a three-game losing streak themselves, losing to the Florida Panthers 6-2 Monday night. Despite their slump, the Sharks rank third in the NHL in scoring this season with 178 goals.
Ahead of what you could consider a must-win for both teams, here's everything you need to know.
CAPITALS vs. SHARKS HOW TO WATCH
What: San Jose Sharks at Washington Capitals, 2018-19 NHL Regular Season
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Sharks at Capitals game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals take on the Sharks on the new MyTeams by NBC Sports App.
Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio, 106.7 The Fan FM
CAPITALS vs. SHARKS TV SCHEDULE
6:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live
6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live
7:00 PM: Capitals vs. Sharks
9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live
10:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live
10:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live
CAPITALS vs. SHARKS INJURY REPORT
Sharks: D Erik Karlsson (undisclosed injury)
CAPITALS vs. SHARKS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Capitals (8 goals, 30 assist, 38 points): Kuznetsov was demoted to the third line ahead of Sunday's loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in an effort to spark the slumping offense. Kuzy only has one five-on-five goal this season, and has only one goal and one assist in the last five games. Will Tuesday's matchup bring an end to that trend for the centre?
Joe Pavelski, C, Sharks (26 goals, 15 assist, 41 points): The Sharks' Captain leads the league's third-highest scoring team with 26 goals this season. However, Pavelski hasn't scored since Jan. 12 against the Ottawa Senators. Expect the centre to be on a mission.
CAPITALS vs. SHARKS SERIES HISTORY
Number of all-time Meetings: 41
All-Time Series Record: Sharks lead 27-11-1
Last Meeting: Caps win 2-0 (3/10/18)
Last 10: Sharks lead 6-4
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