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Barry Trotz weighs in on whether Andre Burakovsky will travel with Caps this week

Barry Trotz weighs in on whether Andre Burakovsky will travel with Caps this week

Andre Burakovsky could join the Capitals on their upcoming five-day, three-game trip to California later this week, coach Barry Trotz said Monday morning.

Burakovsky has been sidelined with a broken hand since Feb. 9. He’ll miss his 10th straight game Monday night against the visiting Dallas Stars.

“If he does come out, it’ll be non-contact for a little bit here,” Trotz said. “But he’s progressing really well.”

Trotz did, however, say that a final decision has not been made.

The Caps leave for San Jose on Wednesday.

“We have to determine if he’ll make the trip or stay back,” Trotz said. “I think based on where he is, that he will probably—and give me a little leeway—but he’ll probably be joining us on the trip.”

Burakovsky, who has been skating on his own for several weeks now, told CSN on Friday that he expects to return the lineup in “a couple of weeks.”

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Capitals at Islanders Game 49: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, how to watch

Capitals at Islanders Game 49: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, how to watch

The Capitals travel to Long Island to take on former head coach Barry Trotz and the third place New York Islanders.

Washington is coming off a win against the New Jersey Devils, while the Isles dropped their most recent bout with the New York Rangers.

Can the Caps pull off the win, or will Trotz get revenge against his former team? Tune in to find out.

CAPITALS-ISLANDERS GAME 49: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals at New York Islanders

Where: Nassau Coliseum, East Garden City, New York

When: Saturday, January 18, 1:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals-Islanders game will be broadcast on NBC Sports. (NBC Sports channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Islanders on NBC Sports live stream page.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7

CAPITALS-ISLANDERS TV SCHEDULE:

12:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live

12:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

1:00 PM: Capitals @ Islanders (LIVE)

2:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

3:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live

CAPITALS-ISLANDERS INJURY REPORT:

Capitals: None

Islanders: RW Cal Clutterbuck, wrist, out indefinitely

LW Michael Dal Colle, upper-body injury, day-to-day

D Adam Pelech, achilles, out indefinitely

CAPITALS AT ISLANDERS PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Alex Ovechkin, F, Capitals (31-16-47)

Ovechkin notched his 25th career hat trick against the New Jersey Devils, and stands third in the NHL's goal scoring race behind David Pastrnak and Auston Matthews. 

Mat Barzal, F, Islanders (17-22-39)

The Islanders' All-Star forward is having another stellar season, and leads the team in points again.

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Alex Ovechkin inches closer to 700 career goals

Alex Ovechkin inches closer to 700 career goals

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin is flying up the NHL leader board. 

Doesn’t matter if you want to specify this season or his career overall, Ovechkin’s hat trick on Thursday night in a 5-2 win against the New Jersey Devils helped in both cases.

Start with the big names. Ovechkin now has 689 career goals. He is inching closer to the magic 700 mark. Only seven NHL players in history have reached it. Before then he will pass Mario Lemieux (690) – fittingly maybe on Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 3 when the Capitals play the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Then Steve Yzerman (692) and Mark Messier (694) are up next. These are incredible names, the greatest to ever play the sport. Ovechkin has etched his name into the record books with them all.

“[Lemieux was] one of my idols when I'm growing up,” Ovechkin said. “I get lucky I have a time to play against him, was on the ice with him a couple times. It's huge….They're legends. To be close to those guys, it's pretty impressive.”

Just looking at this season: Ovechkin is now at 31 goals. He needs 19 more in his 32 remaining games to reach 50 for a record-tying ninth time. For a time this season that appeared to be drifting away from Ovechkin. Now? Seems reasonable. Ovechkin will miss the Jan. 27 game against the Montreal Canadiens to serve a suspension for skipping the All-Star game in St. Louis next week. 

Ovechkin has pulled to within five goals of Boston’s David Pastrnak for the NHL lead (36) and is in third place overall. Toronto’s Auston Matthews is second (34). 

“It seems like every week at least that he’s breaking someone’s record,” Capitals teammate John Carlson said. “And they’re not cupcake records, either. I’ve said this before. I don’t think that as a teammate you realize what’s happening. It kind of becomes maybe a little more normal than if you’re in a different job or on a different team even.”

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