CAPITALS (6-2-2) at FLAMES (5-4-1)
9 p.m. ET; SNF, NBCSWA, NHL.TV
John Carlson can tie the Washington Capitals record for consecutive games with an assist by a defenseman when they play the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.
Carlson, who leads the NHL with 18 points (three goals, 15 assists), has at least one assist in seven straight games. An eight-game streak would tie him with Mike Green (Oct. 15-Nov. 1, 2009) and Scott Stevens (Feb. 19-March 6, 1988).
Carlson two points from becoming the fourth different defenseman in NHL history to have at least 20 points in October, joining Paul Coffey (20 points; seven goals, 13 assists in 1981 and 21 points; three goals, 18 assists in 1988), Al MacInnis (25 points; eight goals, 17 assists in 1988) and Brian Leetch (21 points; five goals, 16 assists in 1990).
The Capitals have won three straight games and are 4-1-0 in their past five games. Washington is 4-1-0 on the road this season.
The Flames are 3-1-0 in their past four games after having one win (1-2-1) in their previous four games. Calgary is 3-0-1 at home.
Players to watch
Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has nine points (five goals, four assists) in a seven-game point streak and is four goals from tying Luc Robitaille (668) for 12th place on NHL all-time list.
Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau did not have a point in four games before getting an assist in a 2-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.
They said it
"I think he's taken a step forward, obviously, in his game. His confidence level is really high. We're happy for him. I think he's playing a different game right now. It seems like everything goes in…passes, shots, plays. It's good for us." -- Washington forward Alex Ovechkin on John Carlson
"I've seen some pretty hot starts but I've never seen something quite like this. He's always been a guy who puts up numbers and he's right up there in the league offensively from the back end year in and year out. He's obviously feeling good right now." -- Calgary captain Mark Giordano on John Carlson
Capitals projected lineup
Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie
Carl Hagelin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana -- Lars Eller -- Garnet Hathaway
Brendan Leipsic -- Nic Dowd -- Chandler Stephenson
Michal Kempny -- John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov -- Nick Jensen
Jonas Siegenthaler -- Radko Gudas
Scratched: Tyler Lewington, Travis Boyd
Injured: Richard Panik (upper body)
Flames projected lineup
Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm
Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Austin Czarnik
Andrew Mangiapane -- Derek Ryan -- Tobias Rieder
Milan Lucic -- Mark Jankowski -- Michael Frolik
Mark Giordano -- Rasmus Andersson
Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic
TJ Brodie -- Michael Stone
Scratched: Oliver Kylington
Injured: Sam Bennett (lower body)
Wilson did not skate Tuesday but is expected to play. … Mangiapane will return to the lineup after missing two games because of an upper-body injury. …Talbot will make consecutive starts for the first time this season.
Holtby is one shutout from passing Olie Kolzig (35) for most shutouts in Capitals history. … Oshie has five points (four goals, one assist) in a four-game point streak. … Backlund has goals in two straight games. … Lucic is two goals from 200 in the NHL. … Lindholm is four goals from 100 in the NHL.