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Alex Ovechkin seeks goal number 700 at home versus the Habs.

Montreal Canadiens v Washington Capitals Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens @ Washington Capitals

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the US: NBCSN
In the Capitals region: NBC Sports Washington
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live

The night will be all about Alex Ovechkin at Capital One Arena. On the national stage in the US and a home broadcast besides, all the attention is on the NHL’s best goal-scorer of this generation as he looks to hit the 700-goals milestone that only seven other players have ever reached.

Montreal would like that spoil that party, but that will take a more solid defensive effort than they’ve shown over the past week. They’ve given up four goals in each of the past three games, blowing multi-goal leads in the last two. Whatever the reason, they simply haven’t been able to carry the strong play that gets them on the board early all the way to the finish line.

To avoid a sixth consecutive loss, they either have to shut down the opposition or explode offensively themselves. With Ovechkin getting antsy while mired in a five-game goalless drought, they may need to look behind door number two to pull this one off this evening.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin Nick Suzuki Joel Armia
Paul Byron Max Domi Ilya Kovalchuk
Nick Cousins Nate Thompson Jordan Weal

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Brett Kulak Jeff Petry
Xavier Ouellet Victor Mete

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Charlie Lindgren

Washington Capitals projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Alex Ovechkin Nicklas Backstrom Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana Evgeny Kuznetsov T.J. Oshie
Carl Hagelin Lars Eller Richard Panik
Travis Boyd Nic Dowd Garnet Hathaway

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Brenden Dillon John Carlson
Dmitri Orlov Nick Jensen
Michal Kempny Radko Gudas

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Braden Holtby
Ilya Samsonov