CAPITALS (23-5-5) at LIGHTNING (16-11-3)
7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SUN, NBCSWA, NHL.TV
The Tampa Bay Lightning will attempt to win three consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 21-25 when they play the Washington Capitals at Amalie Arena on Saturday.
The Lightning have won three out of four (3-1-0), including a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins on Thursday.
Washington is 7-1-0 in its past eight games and has outscored its opponents 29-20 during that stretch.
Players to Watch
Capital defenseman John Carlson has nine points (four goals, five assists) in the past six games.
Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman has eight points (three goals, five assists) in the past eight games.
They said it
"You prepare differently for every opponent and [the Lightning] are no different. It's just that they have guys in certain sports that are among the League's best. -- Capitals coach Todd Reirden
"I think [the Capitals] have a lot of depth in their lineup. Top to bottom forward-wise they have guys who can hurt you. They have a really strong work ethic, especially in their bottom two lines. They provide a lot of energy. We have to be ready for that." -- Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk
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
Michal Kempny -- John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov -- Nick Jensen
Jonas Siegenthaler -- Radko Gudas
Scratched: Travis Boyd
Lightning projected lineup
Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Steven Stamkos
Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Yanni Gourde
Carter Verhaeghe -- Mitchell Stephens -- Mathieu Joseph
Victor Hedman -- Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev -- Kevin Shattenkirk
Injured: Tyler Johnson (lower body), Braydon Coburn (lower body)
Scratched: Luke Schenn
Coburn took part in the morning skate but isn't expected to return to the lineup until after the Christmas break.
Ovechkin needs one power-play goal to pass Teemu Selanne (255) for sole possession of third place on NHL all-time list. … Oshie has nine points (three goals, six assists) in the past six games. … Stamkos has six goals in the past four games. … Killorn has eight points (four goals, four assists) in the past six games.