HURRICANES (27-16-2) at CAPITALS (30-11-5)
7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, NBCSWA, FS-CR, NHL.TV
The Carolina Hurricanes will go for their fourth straight win when they play the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Monday.
Carolina is coming off a back to back in which they shut out the Arizona Coyotes on Friday (3-0) and the Los Angeles Kings (2-0) on Saturday. The Hurricanes have won two of the previous three games against the Capitals this season.
Washington has lost two straight games, including 5-1 to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. Alex Ovechkin needs one goal to pass Teemu Selanne (684) for 11th place in NHL history.
Players to watch
Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 15 games against the Capitals.
Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past eight games.
They said it
"Successful teams, which obviously Washington is, they don't have to change much. You know what you're getting every night and that's the challenge, too. Top to bottom there's no weaknesses on that group, so you have to be on your toes, and you've got to be sharp because they can burn you a lot of different ways." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour
"If we're going to outwork the opponent and we manage the puck, we're going to be just fine. But when we don't, we're going to continue to waiver and struggle, and win some and lose some and make it a game of chance. And right now, that's what's happening too often." -- Capitals coach Todd Reirden
Hurricanes projected lineup
Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen
Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele
Ryan Dzingel -- Erik Haula -- Martin Necas
Brock McGinn -- Lucas Wallmark -- Jordan Martinook
Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton
Jake Gardiner -- Brett Pesce
Trevor van Riemsdyk -- Joel Edmundson
Scratched: Justin Williams, Haydn Fleury
Capitals projected lineup
Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- T.J. Oshie
Carl Hagelin -- Lars Eller -- Richard Panik
Brendan Leipsic -- Nic Dowd -- Garnet Hathaway
Jonas Siegenthaler -- John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov -- Nick Jensen
Michal Kempny -- Radko Gudas
Scratched: Travis Boyd
Williams,a forward who signed a one-year contract on Jan. 7, participated in Carolina's morning skate. … Washington held an optional morning skate. … Panik, who left the game against the Devils with a facial cut following a high stick from Miles Wood, is expected to play.
Slavin will play in his 349th consecutive game, tying Eric Staal for the second-longest streak in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers history behind Dave Tippett (419). … Hamilton needs one point for 300 in the NHL. … Backstrom has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in an eight-game point streak. … Vrana has six points (five goals, one assist) in a five-game point streak. … Ovechkin has 93 points (41 goals, 52 assists) in 80 games against Carolina.