CAPITALS (10-8-1) at AVALANCHE (8-7-1)
9 p.m. ET; ALT, NBCSWA, NHL.TV
The Colorado Avalanche will attempt to end a three-game losing streak (0-2-1) when they return to Pepsi Center for the first time since Nov. 2 to play the Washington Capitals on Thursday.
The Avalanche went 0-1-1 against the Ottawa Senators during the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series in Stockholm last Friday and Saturday.
Goalie Philipp Grubauer will start for the Capitals, who conclude a two-game road trip. The Capitals lost 6-3 to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday and are 5-2-0 in their past seven games. They have won six consecutive games against Colorado since a 4-1 loss on Nov. 10, 2013.
Players to watch
Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin needs two goals to tie Mike Bossy (573) for 21st place on the NHL's all-time list. He has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past six games against the Avalanche.
Avalanche forward Alexander Kerfoot has seven points (four goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak. His seven goals are tied for second with Adrian Kempe (Los Angeles Kings) and Alex DeBrincat (Chicago Blackhawks) among NHL rookies.
They said it
"He competes. He's a real solid, useful guy for us and I know he'll do a real good job." -- Capitals coach Barry Trotz on defenseman Taylor Chorney, who will replace Christian Djoos (upper body)
"The (Sweden) trip was so much fun and a blast, but I think everybody kind of felt on the flight home that we all wanted to go home and see our families and sleep in our own beds. It was nice to get a couple days off to rest and now we're back at it." -- Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog
Capitals projected lineup
Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Devante Smith-Pelly
Chandler Stephenson -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly -- Lars Eller -- Tom Wilson
Nathan Walker -- Jay Beagle -- Alex Chiasson
Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen
Taylor Chorney -- John Carlson
Brooks Orpik -- Madison Bowey
Scratched: Aaron Ness, Jakub Vrana
Injured: Andre Burakovsky (fractured left thumb), Christian Djoos (upper body)
Avalanche projected lineup
Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen
Colin Wilson -- Alexander Kerfoot -- J.T. Compher
Matt Nieto -- Carl Soderberg -- Blake Comeau
Sven Andrighetto -- Vladislav Kamenev -- Nail Yakupov
Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson
Nikita Zadorov -- Mark Barberio
Chris Bigras -- Andrei Mironov
Scratched: Gabriel Bourque
Injured: Tyson Barrie (upper body), Anton Lindholm (broken jaw), Patrik Nemeth (lower body), Tyson Jost (lower body)
Jost will be assigned to San Antonio of the American Hockey League for conditioning. ... Kamenev, recalled Tuesday from San Antonio, will make his Avalanche debut. He was acquired from Nashville in the three-team trade that sent center Matt Duchene to Ottawa on Nov. 5.
Carlson has eight points (two goals, eight assists) in his past seven games. ... MacKinnon has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past six games.