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Burakovsky experimenting with new sticks


Burakovsky experimenting with new sticks

On his way out of the locker room following Monday's practice, Capitals goaltender Justin Peters informed Andre Burakovsky that he was headed to the medical room to get a new collar bone.

“I thought I hit you in the face,” Burakovsky said, “not your collar bone.”

“You hit both,” Peters said.

Apparently, leaving bruises on his own goalie was not good enough for Burakovsky because after practice he dropped three different sticks in the high slot and began snapping shots with each one.

“Yeah, I’m trying something new to see how it is,” Burakovsky said. “It’s good. I’m trying to find the lightest and best one. All sticks are going to be different and I’m trying to find the best one that fits me.”

At 20 years old, Burakovsky says he’s excited to see what he can do with a full NHL season. After a brief experiment at the center position as a rookie last season, when he netted nine goals and 13 assists in 53 games, Burakovsky is back there again.

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Tonight against the New York Islanders at their new Barclays Center home in Brooklyn, Burakovsky is expected to center a line with left wing Brooks Laich and right wing Tom Wilson. On Monday he practiced between left wing Marcus Johansson and right wing Justin Williams.

With center Nicklas Backstrom questionable for the start of the regular season following hip surgery, Burakovsky could start the season as the Caps’ second-line center behind Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has been skating between Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie.   

“I’m trying to learn as much as I can,” said Burakovsky, who has one goal in two preseason games. “Last game was good. I felt comfortable in the D zone, on breakouts. I think I’m a lot better than last year.”

Burakovsky also revealed that he has moved out of an apartment he shared with teammates Tom Wilson and Michael Latta and into his own place in nearby Rosslyn. (Earlier this month he said how much he liked living with Wilson and Latta).

“It feels good,” he said. “I cooked myself chicken, asparagus and broccoli last night. Liam O’Brien helped me cook it and then he helped me eat it. It turned out good. It’s always more fun when you cook for someone else.”

Here are the projected line combinations, defense pairings and goaltending rotation for tonight:

Forward lines

Brooks Laich – Andre Burakovsky – Tom Wilson

Chris Brourque – Derek Roy – Jay Beagle

Sean Collins – Carter Camper – Stan Galiev

Liam O’Brien – Zach Sill – Paul Carey

Defense pairings

Karl Alzner – Matt Niskanen

Dmitry Orlov - Nate Schmidt

Aaron Ness – Madison Bowey


Justin Peters – Philipp Grubauer

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


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!).


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


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


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

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

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


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).


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


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.


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!