CAPITALS (5-5-1) at FLAMES (5-6-0)
9 p.m. ET; SN360, NBCSWA, NHL.TV
The Calgary Flames will be without forward Jaromir Jagr for a fourth straight game when they host the Washington Capitals at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday.
Jagr sustained a lower-body injury in a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 21.
Calgary is 1-4-0 at home, including a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Friday in the opener of a season-long seven-game homestand. The Flames have lost back-to-back games and are 1-4-0 in their past five after a 4-2-0 start.
Philipp Grubauer, who is 0-2-1 with a 4.68 goals-against average and an .850 save percentage, could start for the Capitals after Braden Holtby made 38 saves in a 5-2 win at the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Washington is 2-4-0 in its past six games after starting the season 3-1-1.
Players to watch
Washington forward Alex Ovechkin has 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 14 career games against the Flames. He has 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in 11 games this season.
Goaltender Mike Smith has started 10 of 11 games for the Flames; he has a 2.44 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage with one shutout.
They said it
"[Sunday is] another big one. I don't think we have good success this year on back-to-backs, so it's going to be a big test for us." -- Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
"You'd like to win all of them, to be honest, at home. You'd like to get this one and get rolling. We feel we haven't been assertive enough at home. We've been feeling almost more pressure at home than on the road and that shouldn't be the case." -- Flames defenseman Mark Giordano
Capitals projected lineup
Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Devante Smith-Pelly
Jakub Vrana -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie
Chandler Stephenson -- Lars Eller -- Tom Wilson
Anthony Peluso -- Jay Beagle -- Alex Chiasson
Christian Djoos -- John Carlson
Brooks Orpik -- Madison Bowey
Dmitry Orlov -- Taylor Chorney
Scratched: Nathan Walker, Aaron Ness
Injured: Matt Niskanen (upper body), Tyler Graovac (upper body), Andre Burakovsky (upper body), Brett Connolly (concussion)
Flames projected lineup
Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland
Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik
Sam Bennett -- Mark Jankowski -- Kris Versteeg
Tanner Glass -- Matt Stajan -- Troy Brouwer
Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton
TJ Brodie -- Travis Hamonic
Brett Kulak -- Michael Stone
Scratched: Freddie Hamilton, Curtis Lazar, Matt Bartkowski
Injured: Jaromir Jagr (lower body)
The Capitals did not skate Sunday, and the Flames held an optional skate. … Backstrom returned to the lineup against the Oilers after missing one game because of illness.
Kuznetsov has three goals in his past two games. ... Bowey has three assists in his past two games. … Gaudreau has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past six games. ... Tkachuk has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past three games.