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The Washington Capitals bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Nashville Predators, where they gave up four leads in a 6-5 contest, with a commanding 4-1 win against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night to end a three-game losing skid. Now, they welcome the Colarado Avalanche to town Monday night.
The Avalanche have gotten off to a perfect 4-0 start this season, a record which was preserved in a 3-2 overtime win against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night. Ex-Capitals left winger Andre Burakovsky netted the game-winner while goaltender Pavel Francouz stopped 34 of 36 shots.
Washington's John Carlson notched a goal and an assist while Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his second goal of the year in the win against Dallas, while Ilya Samsonov impressed in his second career start in net. He's now stopped 49 of the first 51 shots faced in his young NHL career. The Caps will look for their key contributors to perform against the undefeated visitors.
Here's everything you need to know about Monday evening's game, with the opening face-off coming at 5:00 p.m. live on NBC Sports Washington.
Capitals vs. Avalanche: How to watch
What: Washington Capitals vs. Colarado Avalanche, Game 7 of the 2019-20 NHL Regular Season
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.
When: Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Capitals vs. Avalanche game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals at Predators on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.
Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio
CAPITALS vs. AVALANCHE TV SCHEDULE
4:00 PM: Caps FaceOff Live
4:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live
5:00 PM: Avalanche @ Capitals Live
7:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live
8:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live
8:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live
Capitals vs. Avalanche Injury Report
Capitals: D Michal Kempny, hamstring injury, day-to-day
Avalanche: C J.T. Compher, lower body, day-to-day; D Ian Cole, hamstring, day-to-day
CAPITALS vs. Avalanche PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Michal Kempny, D, Washington Capitals: The defender could make his season debut as he recovers from a hamstring injury. He felt good after an optional practice on Sunday and said if he doesn't play Monday, he'll be back soon enough. His return will bring a boost to the defensive backline for the Caps.
John Carlson, D, Washington Capitals (2 G, 8 A, 10 Pts): Carlson has been quite the provider from up top on offense, leading the NHL in assists along with points leader Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers. Nobody else has more than four assists on the Capitals.
Andre Burakovsky, LW, Colarado Avalanche (2 G, 2 A, 4 Pts): Burakovsky not only scored the game-winner Saturday night against Arizona, but also nothed an assist and had four shots on goal. After spending his first five seasons in the nation's capital, the Avalanche traded second and third-round picks in the 2020 NHL Draft and forward Scott Kosmachuk for his services in June.
CAPITALS vs. AVALANCHE SERIES HISTORY
Number of meetings: 85
All-time series record: Caps lead 44-32-9
Last meeting: Caps won 4-3 (OT) (4/7/19)
Last 10: Caps lead 9-1
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He has not played since Game 2 of the National League Division Series when he pulled up because of a hamstring strain after crossing first base. The strain was described at the time as “mild.” Robles has been working toward a return since then.
“We're going to run him a little bit [Sunday],” Davey Martinez said Sunday on a conference call. “He's got to get some treatment, and then we'll see [Monday]. He'll participate in BP and do a little bit more running, and we'll see where we're at [Monday].
“I'm not going to anticipate anything until he comes in [Monday], but he's progressing, and hopefully he'll be ready [Monday].”
Michael A. Taylor replaced Robles in center field. He hit an important solo home run Saturday and is hitting .300 in the postseason. He also made a significant judgment error in the outfield which allowed the Cardinals’ lone Game 2 -- and series -- run to score.
Martinez made it sound like Taylor’s time as the starting center fielder is over when Robles is ready to return.
“Victor has been in center field all year, and he's played really well for us,” Martinez said. “When he's healthy, he'll get a chance to play. But like I said before, we want him to be at 100 percent. So until then, we'll see what happens here in the next day or so.”
Few other changes are expected Monday. Stephen Strasburg will start. Kurt Suzuki -- despite his lack of postseason hitting and trouble throwing out runners -- should be behind the plate.
Reliever Roenis Elías, who has not thrown a pitch in the major leagues since Sept. 5, may be in the mix Monday because Patrick Corbin’s bullpen appearances are now on hold prior to his Game 4 start.
“Moving forward, Elias is going to have to get those big outs against the lefties here in the next couple days,” Martinez said.
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