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Capitals get plenty of national attention

Capitals get plenty of national attention

Assuming the NHL regular season starts on time, the Capitals will be featured on NBC or NBC Sports Network 12 times during the season, according to the schedule released by NBC today.

Last year, NBC and the NHL agreed to a 10-year, 2 billion contract that calls for more than 100 games to be broadcast per season. According to player agent Allan Walsh, if a lockout wipes out the entire 2012-13 season, NBC will still make a 200 million payment to the league and an extra year will be added to the deal with no rights fees for the final year.

This season NBC Sports Network will air NHL games three consecutive nights each week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Wednesday nights will be exclusive, and in January, NBC Sports Network will add a second exclusive night on Sundays, giving NHL fans four straight nights of hockey action.

As a result of NBCs new schedule the Capitals announced six time changes from the original schedule: Oct. 15 vs. Florida (7:30 p.m.), Nov. 8 vs. Edmonton (7:30 p.m.), Nov. 23 at Dallas (8:30 p.m.), Dec. 11 vs. Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m.), March 17 vs. Buffalo (7:30 p.m.) and March 24 at N.Y. Rangers (3 p.m.).

NBC will broadcast up to two Capitals games exclusively while NBC Sports Network has selected at least 10 Capitals games for exclusive coverage, with the potential of 11 (depending on NBCs flex scheduling). NHL Network will carry seven Capitals contests, while 28 games will be televised nationally in Canada on CBC (five games), TSN (10
games), TSN2 (nine games) and RDS (four games).

NBC will feature Washington on Feb. 3 vs. Los Angeles (12:30 p.m.), and has the option through flex scheduling to select one of three Capitals games currently scheduled for NBC Sports Network: March 10 vs. Boston (7:30 p.m.), March 17 vs. Buffalo (7:30 p.m.) and April 7 at Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m.).

NBC Sports Network will feature the Capitals up to 11 times this season, with a minimum of 10 games (depending on flex scheduling). The network will broadcast the following games exclusively: Oct. 15 vs. Florida, Oct. 29 at Minnesota, Oct. 31 vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 14 at N.Y. Rangers, Dec. 5 vs. N.Y. Rangers, Dec. 11 vs. Pittsburgh, Dec. 26 at Buffalo, Feb. 27 at Philadelphia, March 10 vs. Boston (flex), March 17 vs. Buffalo (flex), April 7 at Pittsburgh (flex).

NHL Network will carry seven non-exclusive Capitals contests this season: Nov. 10 vs. Toronto, Nov. 16 vs. N.Y. Rangers, Dec. 22 at Boston, Jan. 5 vs. Chicago, Jan. 11 at Tampa Bay, March 14 at Carolina and March 16 at Boston.

In addition to the national broadcasts in the United States, 28 of the Capitals 82 games will be televised nationally in Canada.

Comcast SportsNet, part of NBC Sports Group, in conjunction with the Capitals, will announce the teams regional television schedule at a later date.

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Game 72 Capitals at Flyers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 72 Capitals at Flyers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

When: 5:00 p.m. ET

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

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


The Capitals (41-23-7) take on the Flyers (36-25-11) Sunday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. ET in Philadelphia.


The Capitals-Flyers game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

4:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
4:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
5:00 p.m. — Capitals at Flyers
7:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
8:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
9:00 p.m. — Caps in 30


The Capitals-Flyers 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.


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Evgeny Kuznetsov considered day-to-day, will miss Sunday's game in Philadelphia

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Evgeny Kuznetsov considered day-to-day, will miss Sunday's game in Philadelphia

Evgeny Kuznetsov has been declared day-to-day with an undisclosed upper body injury, the Caps announced Saturday afternoon.

He will not play Sunday against the Flyers, marking the first time in four seasons that the durable 25-year-old center will have missed a game.

Kuznetsov, the Caps’ assists leader and first line pivot over the past week, was injured in the second period of Friday’s 6-3 win over the Islanders. On the play, he slashed on the arm by New York defenseman Thomas Hickey before he tumbled awkwardly into the end boards.


Kuznetsov did not return to the contest.

The Caps did not practice on Saturday as they made their way to Philadelphia, where they'll look to extend their winning streak to five games.  

The team, per usual, did not elaborate about the extent or nature of Kuznetsov’s injury. But it does seem to be a good sign that he was not listed as week-to-week—the designation the Caps typically reserve for more severe injuries. And with a two point lead on Pittsburgh in the Metro Division standings—and a game in hand—they can actually afford to be cautious with one of their most important players.


The injury does, however, come at a time when Kuznetsov appeared to be hitting his stride. Including the two assists he had racked up prior to leaving Friday’s game, Kuzy has amassed five goals and 11 assists in 10 games.    

Without Kuznetsov on Sunday, Nicklas Backstrom, Lars Eller and Jay Beagle will be the team’s most experienced centers. Travis Boyd and/or Chandler Stephenson figure to be deployed as the fourth pivot.

Coach Barry Trotz is expected to meet with reporters prior to Sunday’s game. It’s possible he’ll shed some more light on Kuznetsov’s outlook at that time.

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