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With Andre Burakovsky injured, Alex Chiasson appears to be the 'next man up'

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With Andre Burakovsky injured, Alex Chiasson appears to be the 'next man up'

The injury to Andre Burakovsky will force some line shuffling from Barry Trotz and a new player to step into the top six. For now, it appears the 'next man up' will be Alex Chiasson.

Based on practice, Tom Wilson will remain with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie, Jakub Vrana moves from the second line to the third and Chiasson steps onto the second line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Chiasson seems a curious choice considering he has managed only one point in his first eight games with the Capitals. Plus, he spent most of the summer unsure of whether he would even have an NHL job this season and was originally signed to the Caps on a professional tryout.

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But Chiasson’s history and work ethic has caught Barry Trotz's eye.

“Last year I played with [Johnny Gaudreau] and [Sean Monahan] for good amount of time in Calgary,” Chiasson said Tuesday. “Different types of players, but there's a lot of similarities between those guys and these guys here.”

“He's played with some skill guys and I just think he works at his game and from that standpoint I think it's real important that you reward those guys who keep working on their game,” Trotz said of Chiasson after Monday’s practice.

Wait, what? The Caps are promoting a player to the Ovechkin and Kuznetsov line as a “reward?” They’re 4-4-1, can they afford to hand out spots in the top-six as rewards?

You can if that player understands and embraces the role he is expected to play on that line.

“I know what those guys like, they like a guy in front of the net for chances,” Chiasson said. “They do love the puck in the offensive zone as much as they can so I'm going to try my best to get those retrievals for them and be more than a one and done type offensive line.”

Chiasson won’t be expected to produce at the same rate as an Ovechkin and Kuznetsov. He won’t be expected to dazzle with amazing passes to set up beautiful goals or deke defensemen out of their skates. His job will be to get in front of the net, battle for pucks in the dirty areas and make sure the team keeps possession for as long as possible when his line is out on the ice. The more times he retrieves the puck, the more opportunities Ovechkin and Kuznetsov will have to score.

“First of all, net-front presence is a big thing and then second thing is retrievals,” Chiasson said. “There's an opportunity, I've got to be first on the puck for a rebound or things like that and get on the forecheck and get those pucks for those guys. That's what these guys want.”

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Obviously, Chiasson is not going to be the offensive focal point of that line, but he also knows he always needs to be ready for the puck when Kuznetsov is on the ice. He compared Kuznetsov’s vision to that of Erik Karlsson whom he played with for two seasons while with the Ottawa Senators.

“Karl was the type of guy that you had to be ready. You would think he didn’t see you, but he knew exactly where you were. There's only a few players like that in the league. I think Kuzy's one of them here. But definitely you've got to be aware of everything that's going on on the ice.”

“I wish I had that vision and the things that he does,” Chiasson added. “I don't think you've got to be scared with that, you've just got to go and enjoy it and make the best out of it.”

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Calgary comes to Washington in style with 1950s theme

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Calgary comes to Washington in style with 1950s theme

The Calgary Flames left for Washington D.C. on Saturday night and they decided to go in style.

After a game in Philadelphia, the Flames were slated to take a train to Washington for their game against the Caps on Monday so they decided to have a little fun with it with a 1950s style theme.

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The irony to this is that Jaromir Jagr is a member of the Flames and he currently doing everything he can to avoid turning 50. Now the rest of the team is embracing the 50s. Go figure.

HOW TO WATCH CAPS-FLAMES

Washington will host their stylish foes on Monday at Capital One Arena at 7 p.m.

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Game 22: Capitals vs. Flames Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 22: Capitals vs. Flames Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Calgary Flames

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

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

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Flames 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-FLAMES GAME?

The Capitals (11-9-1) take on the Flames (11-8-0) Monday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Washington.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-FLAMES GAME ON?

The Capitals-Flames game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Capitals GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington Plus following the game for Caps Extra and Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Flames
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-FLAMES GAME?

The Capitals-Flames 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-FLAMES PROJECTED LINES

Here are the Caps' projected lines for the Caps-Flames game:

Offensive lines
Chandler Stephenson - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Devante Smith-Pelly
Jakub Vrana - Lars Eller - Tom Wilson
Brett Connolly - Jay Beagle - Alex Chiasson

Defensive pairs
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - John Carlson
Taylor Chorney - Madison Bowey

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup.

Scratches
Nathan Walker, Aaron Ness, Christian Djoos (upper-body injury), Tyler Graovac (conditioning in Hershey), Andre Burakovsky (LTIR)

CAPITALS-FLAMES OPEN THREAD

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