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Game 4: Capitals vs. Penguins Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

Game 4: Capitals vs. Penguins Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

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

When: 7:30 p.m. ET. Coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. ET with Capitals FaceOff.

How to Watch: Capitals vs. Penguins will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals vs. Penguins game on NBC Sports Wednesday Night Rivalry live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME?

The Capitals (2-0-1) take on the Lightning (1-1-1) Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Capital One Arena.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME ON?

The Capitals-Penguins game will be broadcast on NBCSN. Capitals FaceOff gets things started at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington followed by Caps GameTime at 7 p.m. After the game, be sure to head back over to NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra followed by Caps Overtime. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME?

The Capitals-Penguins game is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Wednesday Night Rivalry 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-PENGUINS GAME?

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

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

Defense
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - John Carlson
Christian Djoos - Aaron Ness

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches
Tyler Graovac, Taylor Chorney, Tom Wilson (suspended)

CAPITALS-PENGUINS 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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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

The Capitals got their trade deadline started early by trading for defensemen Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek. Washington has been struggling of late, but do their new acquisitions address the team's weaknesses?

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir evaluate the two trades and talk about where they could fit into the lineup.

You can listen to the latest episode here on the Capitals Faceoff page or with the player below.

Want even more great Capitals coverage? Follow @TarikNBCS and @JJReganNBCS on Twitter!

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Caps make second blue line addition, acquire Jakub Jerabek from Montreal

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Caps make second blue line addition, acquire Jakub Jerabek from Montreal

The Capitals continued to retool their scuffling blue line on Wednesday, acquiring 26-year-old defenseman Jakub Jerabek from Montreal in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2019.

The move comes a couple of days after GM Brian MacLellan dealt a conditional third-round selection to Chicago for swift skating Michal Kempny.

Both Jerabek and Kempny are left shot, puck-moving defensemen who move well and make crisp outlet passes. Both also hail from the Czech Republic.

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The team sees Jerabek as a No. 5 or 6, I’m told.

On Wednesday, the Caps also officially said goodbye to Taylor Chorney, who was claimed off waivers by Columbus. Chorney will report to the Blue Jackets.

The Caps were off on Wednesday as they made their way Florida for Thursday night’s meeting with the Panthers, so it’s unclear how Coach Barry Trotz intends to deploy his new defensemen.

But it’s probably safe to assume that Kempny will move into a spot within the top four with John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov and Matt Niskanen.

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That figures to leave Brooks Orpik and Jerabek on the third pair, while rookies Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey jockey for position as the next man up.

Kempny is expected to make his Caps’ debut on Thursday night.

Is the Caps’ D corps better? Well, that remains to be seen. But it had become clear to MacLellan and Co. in recent weeks that the status quo was not going to cut it. This month, in fact, the team has allowed 39 goals in 10 games. Only the Rangers (40) have allowed more in the same span.

With the trade deadline looming next Monday, the Caps now have roughly $617,000 in cap space, according to www.capfriendly.com, and are at the roster maximum of 23 players. So they would need to make a move in order to add another body.