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Capitals Daily Quote: 'We need to be a little more gritty'

Capitals Daily Quote: 'We need to be a little more gritty'

With the Capitals’ offense mired in a protracted drought, Nicklas Backstrom got right to the point when asked how the team can generate more scoring during 5-on-5 situations.

I think we need to be a little more gritty, go in front of the net instead of all three guys trying to cycle the puck all the time. I mean, we need a least one guy in front of the net. Shots, rebounds—that’s the kind of goals that goes in these days. We have to be able to go in front of the net and go to the dirty areas and create second chances.

After 23 games, the Capitals have 42 goals while skating 5-on-5, which is tied for 15th. For comparison’s sake, the Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers have a league-best 66 goals at 5-on-5 through 26 games. 

To boost their number, Backstrom says the Caps need to make a change, both in tactics and mentality. We'll see in the coming days if he and his teammates are willing to make the necessary adjustments.

RELATED: PREDICTION RECAP: OFFENSE AT A PREMIUM FOR CAPS, LIGHTNING

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WATCH: Alex Ovechkin's son Sergei has mastered his backhand shot

WATCH: Alex Ovechkin's son Sergei has mastered his backhand shot

Like father, like son.

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is currently separated from his family while Washington finishes its season in the Toronto bubble. However, Ovi's absence hasn't stopped his son, Sergei, from working on his own game.

On Sunday, Ovechkin's wife Nastya shared a video to her Instagram page of Sergei ripping several backhand shots into a mini net, and it was quite impressive.

The Capitals reposted the video to their own social media account, tweeting out "Is this kid serious????"

What's even more incredible about the video is that Sergei is already demonstrating great puck skills before at such a young age, as Ovi Jr. doesn't turn two until later this month. I mean, just look at that hand-eye control!

If Sergei continues on this pace, his dad better watch out!

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How to watch Capitals vs. Lightning

How to watch Capitals vs. Lightning

Hockey is back, for real this time. Monday will mark the Washington Capitals' first action that counts in nearly five months.

Set up in the hub city of Toronto in the NHL bubble, the Capitals will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in their first round robin matchup as they play for seeding in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Washington has some practices, scrimmages and exhibitions under its belt, but Monday will be the first taste of live, physical hockey since March.

In what promises to be an exciting matchup, here's everything you need to know about Capitals vs. Lightning. 

CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada

When: Monday, August 3, 4:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals vs. Lightning will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Lightning on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams app.

RELATED: EVERYTHING TO KNOW FOR CAPS-LIGHTNING

CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING TV SCHEDULE

3:00 PM: Capitals Pregame Live (LIVE)
4:00 PM: Capitals vs. Lightning (LIVE)
6:30 PM: Capitals Postgame Live (LIVE)

CAPITALS VS. LIGHTNING WHAT TO WATCH

- John Carlson was an essential part of the Caps success during the first portion of the 2019-20 season, and they'll need him again during the restart. However, after an injury scare on Wednesday, Carlson's game status is still up in the air despite practicing on Saturday. 

- The hopes of the Capitals once again rest on the shoulders of Braden Holtby. With Ilya Samsonov out for the restart, it will be up to Holtby to perform in goal in what could be his last run in a Caps uniform.

-Alex Ovechkin is unquestionably one of the greatest players in NHL history, and he showed that he is always ready to go as he scored twice in the exhibition. Washington needs Ovi, and it looks like Ovi is ready. 

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CAPITALS VS. LIGHTNING PLAYERS TO WATCH

Capitals: Alex Ovechkin, LW (68 games, 48 goals, 19 assists, 67 points in 2019-20). On pace to lead the NHL in goals this season, Ovechkin is always a threat and the player you need to keep your eyes on. Summer of Ovi part two?

Hurricanes: Nikita Kucherov, RW (68 games, 33 goals, 52 assists, 85 points in 2019-20). Kucherov does it all for the Lightning, leading the team in points, goals and assists. He's just as lethal scoring as he is passing. 

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