The Washington Capitals fell short against the New York Rangers on Sunday afternoon in front of a nationally-televised audience.
On Monday, they'll be provided with an opportunity to bounce back. And, once again, the country will be watching.
As part of the NHL's three-game schedule on Monday night, the Capitals will host the San Jose Sharks at the Verizon Center at 7:30 p.m. ET. Eighth place in the Eastern Conference will be on the line, as Sunday's loss left Washington (28-22-5) one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs.
San Jose (30-17-6), meanwhile, is coming off a 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on Sunday night. The Sharks remain the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference, but they are now just one point ahead of the Los Angeles Kings in the Pacific Division.
The Sharks-Caps showdown can be seen on the NBC Sports Network in the United States and TSN2 in Canada.
The Montreal Canadiens, winners of four straight, also return to action at 7:30 p.m. ET. In a game that can be seen on RDS in Canada, the Habs battle the Carolina Hurricanes at the Bell Centre. Behind the stellar goaltending of Carey Price, the Canadiens are just seven points behind Toronto for the final playoff spot in the East.
In the final game of the night, the Phoenix Coyotes will be seeking their sixth straight win as they face the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. The Coyotes' recent surge has moved them into eighth place in the West.