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Game 1: Capitals at Senators date, time, how to watch, game thread

Game 1: Capitals at Senators date, time, how to watch, game thread

What: Washington Capitals at Ottawa Senators

Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario

When: 7:30 p.m. ET. (Capitals FaceOff gets things started at 6:30 p.m. ET)

How to Watch: Capitals at Senators will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (Channel Finder)

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

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-SENATORS GAME?

The Capitals (0-0-0) take on the Senators (0-0-0) Thursday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Canadian Tire Centre.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-SENATORS GAME ON?

The Capitals-Senators game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Capitals FaceOff gets things started at 6:30 p.m. ET followed by Caps GameTime at 7 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington following the game for Caps Extra followed by Caps Overtime for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-SENATORS GAME?

The Capitals-Senators game, as well as the pre and postgame shows, 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.

WHAT ARE THE LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-SENATORS GAME?

Here are the projected lines based on Monday's practice:

Forwards
Andre Burakovsky - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Jakub Vrana
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Alex Chiasson
Tyler Graovac - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Defense
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - John Carlson
Aaron Ness - Taylor Chorney

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches
Nathan Walker, Christian Djoos, Tom Wilson (suspended)

CAPITALS-SENATORS OPEN THREAD

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

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Upper-body injury keeps Andre Burakovsky out of practice

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Upper-body injury keeps Andre Burakovsky out of practice

Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky did not practice on Monday morning due to an upper-body injury, the team announced.

Although the Caps did not specify the location or the nature of the injury, replays showed Burakovsky remove his left glove and flex his hand after drawing a hooking foul with about two minutes remaining in Washington’s 4-1 loss to Florida. He was also examined by team doctors after the game.

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Burakovsky has a goal and three assists in nine games this season.

With Burakovsky sidelined on Monday, Coach Barry Trotz shuffled his forward lines, promoting Alex Chiasson to the second combo with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov while dropping Jakub Vrana to the third line with Brett Connolly and Lars Eller. Burakovsky’s injury also drew Nathan Walker back into the regular rotation; he was on the left side of the fourth line.  

The Caps do not play again until Thursday in Vancouver so they’ve got time to evaluate Burakovsky’s progress and weigh their options if he is unable to suit up.

Burakovsky missed 15 games with a broken right hand last season.

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NHL Power Rankings: Caps at 20, in search for gold out west

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NHL Power Rankings: Caps at 20, in search for gold out west

The Caps are a .500 team through their first nine games of the 2017-18 season and that's unfamiliar territory for this team. A 4-4-1 start is Washington's worst start to a season since 2013-14 when the team 4-5-0 in what would be Adam Oates' final year as head coach.

We knew this year was not going to be a Presidents' Trophy year for the Caps after their roster turnover in the offseason led to a few holes on the team. Those holes have been evident in the season's first month of play.

CHECK OUT THIS WEEK'S NHL POWER RANKINGS HERE

A shaky defense has been made worse by an injury to Matt Niskanen that will keep him out at least until the beginning of November. That leaves the team with a top-six that includes two rookies, depends on John Carlson playing huge minutes and a 37-year-old Brooks Orpik taking on a more significant role than last season.

Depth scoring has also been an issue. Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom have combined for 19 of the teams' 27 goals. Washington needs more production from its bottom two lines and even the blue line where Christian Djoos is the only defenseman on the team to score.

It's still early in the season so there's no reason to panic.The good news is that they still have time to work on all of these issues. A 4-4-1 record is not an insurmountable hole for the team to climb out of. The bad news is that the clock is ticking.

Statistically speaking, teams that are in playoff position at Thanksgiving tend to stay there. That gives Barry Trotz and Brian MacLellan four weeks to determine the strength of the team they have and makes some tough decisions going forward regarding lines, trades and future contracts.

One thing's for sure, they will have to play better than they have thus far. See where the Caps have fallen here in this week's NHL Power Rankings.