On Friday, Capitals general manager George McPhee was holding out hope thata last-minute agreement between NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPAexecutive director Donald Fehr would avert a midnight lockout by the NHL.To virtually no ones surprise, it wont happen.NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Canadian Press and TSNthat heand Bettman spoke with Fehr and his brother, Steve, on Saturday morning, but formalnegotiations were not expected to take place prior to tonights midnightdeadline for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.We talked with the Union this morning andin light of the fact that they have nothing new to offer, or any substantiveresponse to our last proposal, there would be nothing gained by convening abargaining session at this time, Daly told TSN.I'm sure that we willremain in contact in the coming days."Steve Fehr, special counsel for the NHLPA, confirmed no progress was madeSaturday morning, telling TSN, Today we suggested that the parties meet inadvance of the owners self-imposed deadline of midnight tonight. Don Fehr,myself and several players on the Negotiating Committee were in the city andprepared to meet. The NHL said that it saw no purpose in having a formalmeeting. There have been and continue to be private, informal discussionsbetween representatives of both sides.
The Capitals were able to pull out a win Friday in Colorado without Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie or Braden Holtby. With a game Monday in Montreal, the team hopes it will not be quite as shorthanded against the Canadiens.
Washington practiced Sunday in Montreal and three goalies took to the ice. Holtby was on the ice along with Pheonix Copley and Ilya Samsonov
Holtby suffered an upper-body injury Wednesday morning prior to the game in Winnipeg. That injury kept him out of the lineup both Wednesday and Friday. The Caps netminder told Chris Kuc of The Atlantic that he is ready to play, but still needs to be cleared by doctors.
Head coach Todd Reirden said after practice that Holtby was a possibility to start Monday.
Capitals coach Todd Reirden said it’s possible Braden Holtby will start in goal vs. Canadiens tomorrow night.— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) November 18, 2018
All depends on how Holtby responds following today’s practice.
With Holtby’s status still up in the air, Samsonov remains with the team in case he is needed to suit up as a backup.
While Holtby was on the ice for practice, both Kuznetsov and Oshie were not. Reirden told the media that both players are day-to-day and are with the team in Montreal. Their status for Monday remains uncertain.
With no Kuznetsov or Oshie, Reirden kept the offensive lines largely the same from Friday except for switching Devante Smith-Pelly to the third line and moving Brett Connolly down to the fourth.
Alex Ovechkin – Lars Eller – Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana – Nicklas Backstrom – Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson – Travis Boyd – Devante Smith-Pelly
Dmitrij Jaskin – Nic Dowd – Brett Connolly
Reirden switched up the lines frequently on Friday and Stephenson, Boyd, Smith-Pelly combined for a goal in the second period.
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When the Capitals traveled to Montreal to face the Canadiens earlier this month, they suffered one of their toughest losses of the season, allowing three goals in the final three-plus minutes of the third period, falling 6-4 in devastating fashion.
The Caps will be looking for revenge on Monday evening, as they get their first crack at the Canadiens since that devastating loss.
Alex Ovechkin enjoys playing against the Canadiens. In 47 games against Montreal in his career, Ovechkin has 51 points (29 goals and 22 assists), including a two-goal performance in their meeting earlier this season.
Here is everything you need to know about Capitals vs. Canadiens which takes place Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington.
CAPITALS at CANADIENS: HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens, Game 20 of the 2018-19 NHL Regular Season
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
When: Monday, November 19, 7:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Canadiens will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals at the Canadiens on the new MyTeams by NBC Sports App.
Radio: Caps Radio 24/7, 106.7 The Fan, 1500 AM
CAPITALS at CANADIENS TV SCHEDULE
6:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live
7:00 PM: Caps Pregame Live
7:30 PM: Capitals at Montreal Canadiens
10:00 PM: Caps Postgame Live
10:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live
CAPITALS at CANADIENS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Max Domi, LW, Canadiens: In 20 games, Domi has recorded a point in all but three of them. His 24 points are tied for the ninth-most in the NHL.
Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals: Ovechkin loves playing against the Canadiens, as he has totaled 51 points in 47 career games against Montreal. In their first meeting this season, he netted two goals in the 6-4 loss.
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