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Sunday Capitals Practice Report: Praise for the penalty kill

Sunday Capitals Practice Report: Praise for the penalty kill

The Capitals hit the ice at Capital One Arena for the very first time Saturday night and skated past the Canadiens 6-1, with Alex Ovechkin leading the way with his second consecutive hat trick.

There were no changes to the Capitals’ lines or D-pairs on Sunday in Arlington, where practice was a relatively quick one as the team scrambled to the airport for a charter flight to Tampa. Capitals vs. Lightning begins at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday night (NBCS Washington)

So here’s the lineup you can expect Monday night at Amalie Arena (based on rushes):

Capitals vs. Lightning Lineup: Forward Lines

Ovechkin – Kuznetsov – Vrana
Burakovsky – Backstrom – Oshie
Connolly – Eller – Chiasson
Walker – Beagle – Smith-Pelly
Extras: Graovac and Wilson

Capitals vs. Lightning Lineup: Defense Pairings

Orlov – Niskanen
Orpik – Carslon
Ness – Chorney
Extra: Djoos

Capitals vs Lightning Lineup: Goalies


Some notes, quotes and observations from Arlington:

  • One night after watching Walker make his debut and score a goal, his parents were in the stands at Kettler Capitals Iceplex taking in practice. Walker took the first rush with the fourth line, while Tyler Graovac rotated in, suggesting Walker stays in vs. the Lightning.
  • Asked if there’s any concern that Walker could drop off as many young players do during their first NHL stint, Coach Barry Trotz said: “No. That’s the foundation of his game, that he always brings it. That’s his personality. I haven’t seen him, in the whole time I’ve been around him, have a day where he doesn’t have some juice.”
  • Braden Holtby is off to a strong start, posting a 2-0-0 record, a .929 save percentage and a 2.40 goals against. But he’ll give up the net at some point this week so that backup Philipp Grubauer can get in, Trotz said. The Caps play at the Lightning on Monday, host the Penguins on Wednesday and then have back to back games at New Jersey and Philly on Friday and Saturday.
  • The penalty kill continues to perform well. In fact, the unit hasn’t surrendered a goal yet, having snuffed out all nine shorthanded situations the Caps have faced. Jay Beagle and Devante Smith-Pelly have seen more shorthanded ice time than any other Washington forwards. “It’s attention to detail,” Smith Pelly said. “We’re game-planning and doing what we need to do. Guys are blocking shots. And when stuff kinda breaks down, which is going to happen, Holts is there to close the door. So far so good.”
  • Trotz on the perfect PK: “The best penalty killer is your goaltender. We had some big [shot] blocks [Saturday]. Guys like Beagle. [T.J. Oshie] had a block. You talk about times when it breaks down and it looks like they’re going to get a good look… and then guys commit.”
  • The Lightning are off to a 1-1-0 start after earning a split with the Panthers. Trotz said he thinks the Bolts are one of the best teams in the league, despite missing the playoffs last season. “They had a horrible season in terms of injuries and they never really could pile up a long winning streak at the end when it was a little bit too late,” he said. “I think they are a hell of a hockey team. They have skill on all of their lines. They've got all world defensemen on the backend. Good goaltending. They have speed. A lot of good elements.”  

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Game 23: Capitals vs. Senators Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread


Game 23: Capitals vs. Senators Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Ottawa Senators

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

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

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

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Senators 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!).


The Capitals (11-10-1) take on the Senators (8-5-6) Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Washington.


The Capitals-Senators game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. 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 following the game for Caps Extra ,Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11 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. Senators
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:00 p.m. — Caps in 30


The Capitals-Senators 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).


Here are the Caps' projected lines for the Caps-Senators 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

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup.

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


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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Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Capitals fan in your life


Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Capitals fan in your life

Are you looking for the hot holiday gift for the Capitals fan in your life? Well, look no further because we have the best ideas right here. 

Nothing looks better under the tree than red, white and blue gifts. And the best part about hockey season being in progress, your friends and family (don't forget to treat yourself, too) can use these gifts right now.

We've complied the top-ten must have Caps items for you to put in your shopping cart Friday.

1. Caps' Greatest Plays Coasters

Price: $50

Where to buy: Amazon

Why they'll love it: This set of four slate coasters showcase some of the greatest plays in Caps history. Each coaster includes player movements, date, score, and relevant play details, in addition to being super stylish.

2. Caps Ugly Christmas Sweater

Price: $69.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: They'll be the talk of the ugly sweater party with this one. The knit sweater is not only midweight, so they can wear it in comfort, but it also has the Caps logo woven into it. They'll be sure to stand out at the holiday party in addition to being warm and toasty.

3. Hockey Puck Phone Charger

Price: $39.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: Well first of all, it's cool. Second of all, everyone needs a phone charger so why not have a Capitals one and be the envy of all your hockey friends?

4. Pet Leash

Price: $19.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: This gift is great for both a friend or family member AND man's best friend. The bright red chain with embroidered Caps logo with certainly be a hit at the local dog park.

5. Caps Flask

Price: $54.98

Where to buy: Amazon

Why they'll love it: The holiday's and being around family can cause people to drink, so why not do it in style. This stainless steal flask has a hand-stitched needlepoint design and holds 6 fluid ounces of your favorite beverage.

6. Tie

Price: $24.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: Rock The Red everyday at work with this Capitals woven poly check tie. It will go great with a black or blue suit, not to mention they'll be the envy of everyone in the office.

7. Personalized Caps Wine Glass

Price: $29.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: Your friends and family will love to sit down and watch the Caps while drinking a glass of their favorite wine in this personalized Caps wine glass. Not only does it incorporate sophistication and hockey, but they'll no longer have to worry about someone stealing their drink.

8. Fidget Spinner

Price: $3.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: Get in on the trend with this Caps Fidget Spinner. Not only does it relieve stress, but it will keep the children (or adults) in your family occupied.

9. Camo Beanie

Price: $23.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: Keep your loved ones warm with a camo beanie. Camo is so hot right now and it will keep your loved ones heads warm while watching Ovi and company at Capital One Arena. 

10. Custom Built Cornhole Set 

Price: $195

Where to buy: Etsy

Why they'll love it: These handmade cornhole set is made to order and will be the envy of everyone at the beach or their next tailgate. With purchase, they'll receive a free set of corn bags and a free carrying case for the boards.

11. fuboTV Subscription

Price: $19.99/month for 2 months

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: What better gift than the games themselves? Perfect for the cord-cutting Capitals fan on your list, fuboTV offers 80 streaming channels from sports to news to movies and more. Watch on all of your favorite devices including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon FireTV and AndroidTV or take it anywhere with the fuboTV app, available for both Android and iOS. If you're on the go, take advantage of fuboTV's cloud-based DVR service to record your favorite programs and watch them wherever you'd like. Even better? There are no hidden fees or long-term contracts and you can cancel anytime.