While the Capitals didn’t start their round-robin return as well as they would’ve liked, they have the chance to redeem themselves in Thursday’s matchup against the Flyers.
In their 3-2 shootout loss to Tampa Bay, Washington had its bright moments like back-to-back goals at the end of the second period, but the team also faltered on a number of fronts, which led to the overtime defeat.
Now that the Caps have had one real game under their belt, they will look to take down Philadelphia and continue to fight for the top playoff seed in the east.
CAPITALS vs. FLYERS HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Where: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada
When: 4:00 PM ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Flyers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington
Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Flyers on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.
CAPITALS vs. FLYERS TV SCHEDULE
3:00 PM: Caps Pregame Live (LIVE)
4:00 PM: Capitals @ Philadelphia Flyers (LIVE)
6:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)
CAPITALS vs. FLYERS WHAT TO WATCH
While the Caps had an overall strong start to their return, they will need to improve on a number of fronts if they hope to succeed in the postseason. One area that plagued them in the matchup with Tampa Bay was their slow start. By the eight-minute mark of the second period, the Caps had already fallen behind 2-0 after goals from Nikita Kucherov and Mitchell Stephens.
While they were able to score two consecutive goals late in the second, their efforts only dug them out of the previous hole, and they were never able to overtake the lead.
Additionally, the Capitals missed a number of opportunities throughout the game that could’ve sealed the win, such as a one-on-one overtime shot for Jakub Vrana and missteps throughout the shootout. In the matchup with Philly, Washington must capitalize on these opportunities.
CAPITALS vs. FLYERS PLAYERS TO WATCH
John Carlson (69 games, 15 goals, 60 assists, 75 points): The Capitals certainly missed Carlson during the matchup with Tampa Bay. He did not see the ice after sustaining an injury in the exhibition game against Carolina. Instead, Carlson was seen in the stands supporting his team. The Capitals will hope their Norris Trophy finalist can make his return against Philly.
Michael Raffl (58 games, 8 goals, 12 assists, 20 points): Raffl led his team to a 4-1 victory over Boston on Sunday. He contributed a goal and an assist to the win. Raffl ranks 12th in points on the team this season but is already off to a hot start in the postseason.
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