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Game 58: Capitals at Blackhawks Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 58: Capitals at Blackhawks Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Where: United Center, Chicago, Ill.

When: 8:30 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Blackhawks will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Blackhawks game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

You can also stream the game online with no cable TV subscription on fuboTV (try for free!).

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS GAME?

The Capitals (33-17-7) take on the Blackhawks (24-26-8) Saturday, February 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET in Chicago.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS GAME ON?

The Capitals-Blackhawks game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 7:30 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 8:00 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 11:30 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 12:30 a.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

7:30 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
8:00 p.m. — Caps GameTime
8:30 p.m. — Capitals at Blackhawks
11:00 p.m. — Caps Extra
11:30 p.m. — Caps Overtime
12:30 a.m. — Caps in 30

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS GAME?

Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Blackhawks game:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Alex Chiasson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Defensemen
Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Jakub Vrana, Taylor Chorney

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS GAME?

The Capitals-Blackhawks game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

The game is also available to stream, along with all the pregame and postgame shows, on fuboTV (try for free).

CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.

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NHL Awards tracker: How Malkin is helping Ovechkin's case for the Hart

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NHL Awards tracker: How Malkin is helping Ovechkin's case for the Hart

A week by week look at where the race for the major individual NHL awards stands and which Caps could be in contention.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been red-hot as of late and so has Evgeni Malkin. In his last nine games, Malkin has tallied a whopping 11 goals and 17 points. His current run has some people talking about him contending for the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player.

But if you want to talk about Malkin for the Hart, you have to talk about Alex Ovechkin as well.

Malkin has 66 points this season, Ovechkin has 65. Even with his impressive goal run of late, Malkin still trails Ovechkin in the goal-scoring race 34-32. What's more, Ovechkin's Capitals still hold a three-point lead over Pittsburgh with two games in hand in the Metropolitan Division.

Granted all of this could change by next week. Perhaps Malkin will pass Ovechkin in goals or the Penguins will pass the Caps in the standings which will change the conversation. Until then, however, there's no way to push Malkin's Hart candidacy without thinking about Ovechkin. What he is doing at the age of 32 with a Capitals team in which no one really knew what to expect is more impressive than what the 31-year-old Malkin is doing with players like Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby with the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Here are the Caps' hopefuls for awards this season:

John Carlson

In contention for: Norris

Carlson is third among all defensemen with 45 points, but his case goes beyond the numbers. With two rookies on the blue line and an injury to Matt Niskanen, the Caps have asked a lot of Carlson this season and he has always been up to the task.

SEE THIS WEEK'S 2018 NHL AWARDS TRACKER HERE

Braden Holtby

In contention for: Vezina

Holtby is on pace to be a 40-win goalie for the fourth consecutive season. He would be the first goalie in NHL history to accomplish that feat.

Alex Ovechkin

In contention for: Hart

If Malkin is a Hart candidate, so is Ovechkin who has done more with less in Washington this season.

Barry Trotz

In contention for: Jack Adams

The Caps still hold a three-point lead in the Metropolitan Division despite having two rookies on the blue line, dealing with more injuries than they have seen in years and down offensive years for some of its top players. Trotz deserves a lot of credit for that.

Check out who the top candidates are for the league's major individual awards in this week's 2018 NHL Awards Tracker!

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Where D.C., Maryland and Virginia Olympians stand one week into PyeongChang

Where D.C., Maryland and Virginia Olympians stand one week into PyeongChang

By: Bob Trosset

The 2018 Winter Olympics is now one week old. Competition has not disappointed, and in some cases, gone as planned.

Team USA’s first gold medal went to the 17-year-old snowboarder Red Gerard.

Gerard is the youngest American male to claim a gold medal at the Winter Olympics since 1928 – who saw this one coming?

I had a front row seat when Gerard joined Willie Geist on the TODAY Show.

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Chris Mazdzer made history in the men’s singles luge as he took home a silver medal and became the first American to ever place.

Female snowboarder Jamie Anderson defended her slopestyle competition title cruising to another gold medal. Anderson is the first woman to win two Olympic gold medals in snowboard.

Chloe Kim became the youngest woman to ever win an Olympic snowboarding medal when she won gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe. She turns 18 years old in April.

Shaun White brought home his third Olympic gold medal after crushing the men’s snowboard halfpipe. This comes just months after needing 62 stitches in his face.

Moments after receiving his medal, I had a chance to spend some time with him on our way to NBC’s TODAY Show set.

I don’t usually give others access to my social media, but when I do…

Team USA has totaled eight medals in all, while Germany has 15 and Norway has 18.

How about your DMV Olympians competing at PyeongChang 2018? I’ve been following them closely.

Elana Meyers-Taylor has been preparing for competition which begins Feb. 20 from 6:50-8:45 a.m. ET.

Garrett Roe and USA ice hockey are already in full swing with Olympic competition. The team is 1-1 through two preliminary games, including a 2-1 victory over Slovakia.

Roe logged 12:42 TOI.

Maame Biney, the first African American woman to qualify for Team USA in speedskating, fell short in her four-person quarterfinal heat with a time of 44.77 seconds, 1.28 seconds away from advancing to the semifinals.

Biney is set to compete in the women’s short track 1500-meter competition Feb. 17.

I caught up with her the night after failing to qualify inside NBC’s TODAY Show green room.

She remains upbeat and already motivated for the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

Thomas Hong, along with teammates Henry Krueger, JR Celski and Aaron Tran, finished third in the 5,000-meter short track speedskating relay heats on Feb. 13.

The finals in the men’s 5,000-meter relay is slated for Feb. 22 from 5-7:45 a.m. ET. Hong will compete for his first Olympic medal while representing the state of Maryland.

Freestyle skier, Ashley Caldwell, came up short failing to qualify for the women’s aerial final. Here is video of her run, courtesy of NBC Olympics.

NBCOlympics.com will live stream all Olympic competition.

There’s something about the Olympic spirit that delivers special moments time and time again.

With the world as its audience, the Games has proven to, once again, be the true pinnacle of sport.

There is still so much left out there. Hop on the Olympic train while you still can and…

Consider following along while I’m on the ground in South Korea:

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