CAPITALS (33-11-5) at CANADIENS (22-21-7)
7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TSN2, RDS, NBCSWA, NHL.TV
Alex Ovechkin won't play for the Washington Capitals when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Monday.
The forward, who has eight goals in his past three games, including consecutive hat tricks, will serve a one-game suspension for sitting out the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis.
Washington has won three straight games and is 6-2-0 in its past eight.
Montreal has won two straight and is 4-1-0 in its past five games after losing eight straight (0-7-1).
Players to watch
Capitals forward Jakub Vrana has nine points (seven goals, two assists) during an eight-game point streak.
Canadiens forward Ilya Kovalchuk has eight points (four goals, four assists) in eight games since signing with Montreal on Jan. 3.
They said it
"I think [Richard Panik] has the ability to play both (wings). We've obviously seen the majority of him on the right side, but we felt this was the right move for our team tonight. Obviously, knowing that [Ovechkin] will be back next game, you don't want to disrupt a ton of stuff." -- Capitals coach Todd Reirden on moving Panik to the top line
"That's an elite hockey team over there, obviously. They've proven it time and time again. They won a Stanley Cup pretty recently so they know how to win and a lot of experience over there. But that being said, you've got to respect that team, but not too much. You've got to understand and just go out and commit to the game plan and stick with it and worry about getting the two points." -- Canadiens forward Max Domi
Capitals projected lineup
Richard Panik -- Nicklas Backstrom -- Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- T.J. Oshie
Carl Hagelin -- Lars Eller -- Travis Boyd
Brendan Leipsic -- Nic Dowd -- Garnet Hathaway
Michal Kempny -- John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov -- Nick Jensen
Jonas Siegenthaler -- Radko Gudas
Suspended: Alex Ovechkin
Canadiens projected lineup
Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Ilya Kovalchuk
Max Domi -- Nick Suzuki -- Joel Armia
Ryan Poehling -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Artturi Lehkonen
Nick Cousins-- Nate Thompson -- Dale Weise
Ben Chiarot -- Shea Weber
Brett Kulak -- Jeff Petry
Victor Mete -- Cale Fleury
Scratched: Jordan Weal
Injured: Brendan Gallagher (upper body), Paul Byron (upper body), Jonathan Drouin (wrist), Marco Scandella (lower body)
Scandella is questionable, Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. … Gallagher and Drouin wore non-contact jerseys during morning skate, and Byron practiced on his own afterward.
Carlson has six assists during a four-game point streak. … Danault has five points (one goal, four assists) during a three-game point streak. … Weise will play his 500th NHL game.