4 things to know for Caps-Golden Knights: A Stanley Cup rematch

J.J. Regan

ARLINGTON, Va -- The Capitals (12-2-3) have won five straight and will put that streak on the line Saturday as they host the Vegas Golden Knights (9-5-3) in a rematch of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. You can catch all the action on NBC Sports Washington with Caps FaceOff Live kicking things off at 6 p.m. before Caps Pregame Live begins at 6:30 p.m. to bring you up to the 7 p.m. puck drop. Stick with NBC Sports Washington afterward for Caps Postgame Live and Caps Overtime Live.

Here are four things to know for Saturday's game.

No Hagelin

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Carl Hagelin is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and will not play in Saturday's game.

Here are the liens from the morning skate:

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson
Chandler Stephenson - Lars Eller - Garnet Hathaway
Brendan Leipsic - Nic Dowd - Travis Boyd


Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Radko Gudas
Jonas Siegenthaler - Nick Jensen

The absence of Hagelin means Stephenson moves up to the third line and Dowd is back in on the fourth line. This will be Dowd's first game since Oct. 29

Tom Wilson vs. Ryan Reaves

This will be the first game between Vegas and Washington since Dec. 4, 2018. In that game, Ryan Reaves was ejected for delivering a late hit to Tom Wilson that knocked him out of the game. Wilson was out of the lineup for the next 10 days due to a concussion. The hit became even more controversial when Reaves signed photos of the hit. The team quickly stepped in and took those photos off the market.

So should we expect any retribution from Wilson or more shenanigans? It is hard to tell. Both players downplayed it going in. Wilson is on the second line while Reaves is a fourth-liner. Not only will they not be on the ice together all that much, but Wilson is a much more valuable player to the Caps than Reaves is to Vegas. Wilson said he was conscious of that and that if Reaves tries to agitate him it will be to try to get him off the ice.

The return of Schmidt

Former Cap and fan-favorite Nate Schmidt will be in the lineup for Vegas. This is Schmidt's third season with the Golden Knights, but he still remains a favorite among the Caps' players.

Schmidt played a huge factor in last year's loss to Vegas, scoring two goals including the game-winner.

No. 1

If you follow the rest of the NHL, you've probably heard a lot about how good the Boston Bruins are, how the St. Louis Blues are playing like the defending champs or that the New York Islanders just won 10 straight. But it is the Caps who sit atop the league standings on Saturday with 27 points.

Washington has won five straight and has a point streak of 10 games (9-0-1). They have not lost since Oct. 14. Not only are they playing great, but they also seem to be doing it a bit under the radar which is fine by pretty much everyone in the Caps' locker room.

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