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The Capitals continue their longest homestand of the season with their second and final meeting of the year against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers (7 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Washington). The two teams met Oct. 25 in Edmonton, a 4-1 loss for Washington (5-4-3).

Here are four things to watch:

No Holtby

On the eighth anniversary of his NHL debut, goalie Braden Holtby will watch from the bench when the Caps and Oilers play Monday. This was always the plan, according to coach Todd Reirden. The schedule is compressed with games Monday, Wednesday (Pittsburgh), Friday (Columbus) and Sunday (Arizona), and there is a back-to-back next week in Minnesota on Nov. 13 and Winnipeg on Nov. 14. Copley has to play one of those games. 

The Caps figured they could get him in Monday, have Holtby for those two Metropolitan Division rivalry games later this week and not have to play Copley against the Coyotes on Sunday and then again days later when the back-to-backs hit. Copley hopes to build on a strong game Oct. 27 at Calgary when he earned his first NHL win, stopping 27-of-30 shots in a 4-3 shootout win.

Stopping McDavid

The best player in the world makes his only visit to Capital One Arena this year, and he’s worth the price of admission. McDavid has earned that title at age 21 with a Hart Trophy as NHL most valuable player in 2016-17, two Art Ross Trophies (most points) and more to come. For now, he’s doing less heavy lifting than last year when the Oilers missed the playoffs. 

McDavid is third in the NHL in scoring (21 points, 13 games), and Edmonton (8-4-1) looks like a different team so far. McDavid had a goal in the Oilers’ 4-1 win against Washington last month, but overall,

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