How to watch Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

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How to watch Caps vs. Penguins originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

New Capitals coach Peter Laviolette's tenure behind the Washington bench has gotten off to a great start as the Caps managed to win both their opening contests against the Buffalo Sabres.

However, on Sunday afternoon, the team dropped its first game of the season in a shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Capitals jumped out to an early lead in that Sunday matinee, but the home side found the back of the net twice in the second period to even the score at three before Pittsburgh won in a shootout.

Well, the good thing for the Capitals is that they won't have to wait long to avenge their loss against Pittsburgh. The two rivals meet again on Tuesday night, 7 p.m. in Pittsburgh.

Here's how to watch the action that you won't want to miss on NBC. 

CAPITALS VS. PENGUINS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA

When: Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals vs. Penguins will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington

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CAPITALS VS. PENGUINS WHAT TO WATCH

  • Who will start in goal for the Caps? Without Henrik Lundquist, Washington will rotate between netminders Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek. Samsonov was in net for Washington against Pittsburgh on Sunday and allowed two questionable goals before stepping up over the final period. He was also stellar in the shootout, stopping the first three Penguins attempts. However, Samsonov's 3.36 GAA is not something Capitals fans want to see. After a solid performance by Vanecek in his NHL debut on Friday, there's a chance he sees the ice on Tuesday.

  • Penalty Issues: In Washington's 4-3 overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday, the Capitals were booked for five minors on the day, with three in just the second period. The Penguins took advantage of the Capitals' sloppy play, as they scored twice in that frame to even the score at three. The Capitals will need to play more disciplined hockey on Tuesday night to beat their rivals.

  • Ovechkin's all-time goals chase: Following his first goal of the season on Sunday, Ovi is now just one goal away from Capitals legend Mike Gartner in the all-time goalscorers list. Sitting at eighth among the NHL's all-time scoring leaders, Ovechkin has 707 goals to his name.

CAPITALS VS. PENGUINS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Capitals: Alex Ovechkin, LW (48 goals, 19 assists, 67 points in 68 games played in 2019-20): The Great 8 was on pace for another exceptional session in 2019-20, notching 48 goals in just 68 games before the coronavirus pandemic halted the season. Ovechkin has only found the back of the net once in three games this season, but that goal did come against Pittsburgh on Sunday. 

Penguins: Sidney Crosby, C (16 goals, 31 assists in 41 games played in 2019-20): Sidney Crosby was able to find the back of the net in each of Pittsburgh's first two games, but was held without a point on Sunday against Washington. Heck, he only mustered one shot on goal. Crosby will certainly look to have a bigger role Tuesday night against Ovechkin and Washington.