How to watch Washington Capitals vs. Arizona Coyotes

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How to watch Capitals vs. Coyotes originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Capitals have clinched a spot in the playoffs, but they still have positioning to fight for with five games left on their regular season schedule.

Every win matters, including the one Washington will hope to secure in its Friday night game against the Arizona Coyotes. While the Coyotes enter the weekend with the fewest points in the NHL at 50, they'll look to play spoiler as they attempt to snap an eight-game losing streak.

The Capitals trail the Pittsburgh Penguins (99 points) by just two standings points for third place in the Metropolitan Division. They also trail the Boston Bruins (99 points) by the same amount for the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

For now, Washington loses the tiebreak to both teams so it needs every win it can get to pass the Bruins or Penguins. Otherwise, it will finish as the second wild card and face the Florida Panthers in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs as the lowest seed. Florida has clinched the top seed in the conference.

Here's everything you need to know before puck drop.

CAPITALS VS. COYOTES HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Arizona Coyotes

Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona

When: Friday, April 22, 2022 at 10:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals vs. Coyotes will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Coyotes on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and the MyTeams app.

CAPITALS VS. COYOTES TV SCHEDULE

10:00 p.m. Capitals Pregame Live (LIVE)

10:30 p.m. Capitals vs. Coyotes (LIVE)

1:00 a.m. Capitals Postgame Live (LIVE)

CAPITALS VS. COYOTES WHAT TO WATCH

From NBC Sports Washington's J.J. Regan:

"If it feels like Alex Ovechkin's current goal-scoring pace is unbelievable, that's because it's never been done before. With his second period goal Wednesday against the Vegas Golden Knights, Ovechkin now owns the single-season record for goals by a player 36 or older." Read more.

From NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux:

"As the Capitals gear up for another postseason run, one main question stands out: will goaltenders Vitek Vanecek and Ilya Samsonov play well enough for Washington to make another run at the Stanley Cup? Inside the locker room, the players have confidence in the two netminders, at least according to Lars Eller." Read more.

CAPITALS VS. COYOTES PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals (75 games, 50 goals, 90 points): Ovechkin became the first player age 36 or older to score 50 goals in a season on Wednesday. The Great 8 is still one of hockey's best players and he's on fire with the playoffs right around the corner.

Nick Schmaltz, C, Coyotes (58 games, 23 goals, 54 points): With Clayton Keller out for the season, the Coyotes have turned to Schmaltz as their No. 1 option at center. He has three goals and four assists over his last 10 games.