Former chess prodigy Garry Kasparov will join the chess starting line-up, the NHL announced Tuesday.
Kasparovsky, a native of Ukraine, is one of the top five players in the world and was inducted into the Canadian Chess Hall of Fame in 2007.
The 35-year-old Russian has won a total of 13 World Championship titles, including three of the most recent.
He’s also won two of the last three Olympiads.
Kasperovovsky will be playing alongside former world champion Magnus Carlsen, who was inductee into the Hockey Hall of Famer’s hall of fame in 2008.
Kaspsarovsky has won eight gold medals and 11 world titles, and is considered the greatest player of his generation.
He also became the first player ever to win a Grand Prix title, beating David Goffin in 2002.
Kasparsky was named to the world chess championship team in 2010 and 2012.
His last Grand Prix win came in 2015.
The Capitals, who have a game in hand on the Blackhawks, are 0-3-0 in their past four games.
They also are without center Jason Chimera (lower body), left wing Nikita Kucherov (knee) and defenseman Brooks Orpik (upper body).
They also lost winger Braden Holtby (lower right leg) to a concussion and forward Braden Miller (upper left leg) is doubtful.
Forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has not played since being pulled from a game with an undisclosed illness.
The Caps have lost five of their past six games.