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Capitals, NHL bracing for 'prolific' weekend storm


Capitals, NHL bracing for 'prolific' weekend storm

With a Blizzard Watch in effect and a “prolific” amount of snow predicted for the Washington, D.C., area Friday night into Saturday, the Capitals and the NHL will work closely with local officials to determine whether their home games on Friday night against the Anaheim Ducks and Sunday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Penguins will be played as scheduled.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Caps’ games against the Ducks and Penguins will go on as scheduled, according to a Capitals spokesman.

“The organization is continuing to monitor the forecast, and will remain in constant communication with the NHL and the visiting team throughout the week,” Capitals senior director of Communications Sergey Kocharov said in an email.

“In the event of any schedule changes for either game, the Capitals will email all season-ticket holders and communicate updates immediately via and social media platforms.”

The Capitals and Ducks are scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. on Friday, while the Caps and Penguins are slated for 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Generally, if opposing teams and NHL officials are in a city in time for a game, the league makes every effort to play the contest.

“But we also work with and follow the lead of local authorities regarding the safety of fans attending games,” NHL Group Vice President, Communications John Dellapina said in an email.

The Ducks, coached by former Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau, are scheduled to play in Anaheim tonight against the Minnesota Wild, then begin a three-game trip that takes them to Washington on Friday, Detroit on Saturday and Boston on Tuesday.

They Ducks are scheduled to depart for Washington on Thursday (no practice) and conduct their morning skate at Verizon Center on Friday.

The Penguins, who have lost three of their last four games, play in Pittsburgh Thursday night against the Flyers and remain home for a Saturday afternoon (12:30 p.m.) game against the Canucks on Saturday. They are scheduled to depart for Washington following their game in Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon.

After their scheduled game against the Capitals on Sunday the Pens return home to face the Devils on Tuesday The Capitals remain home to face the Flyers on Wednesday, then break for the NHL All-Star Game.

While it could be logistically feasible to reschedule a game between the Caps and Penguins, it could pose a scheduling nightmare for the NHL to reschedule a game between the Ducks and Caps. Anaheim has just one other East Coast trip scheduled for this season -- a four-games-in-six-nights trip in early February that takes them to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Columbus and Chicago.

“Rescheduling games is neither easy nor foolproof,” Dellapina said in his email. “What if the weather is worse on the make-up day? What if the teams have no coincidental open dates available that don't violate CBA rules about mandatory days off and maximum number of games allowable in a given time period?”

Those are reasons why, Dellapina said, the NHL rarely reschedules games and waits as long as possible to do so.

[RELATED: Backstrom, Holtby selected to NHL All-Star Game]


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Game 75 Capitals at Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

Game 75 Capitals at Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens

Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Canadiens will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.

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


The Capitals (43-24-7) take on the Canadiens (27-36-12) Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Montreal.


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

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals at Canadiens
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime


You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


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Touted Prospect Shane Gersich signs with Caps, joins team immediately


Touted Prospect Shane Gersich signs with Caps, joins team immediately

The Caps signed University of North Dakota forward Shane Gersich, a fifth round selection in 2014 and one of the organization’s top prospects, on Friday morning, the team announced.

Gersich, a left shot who is listed at 5-11, 175-pounds, has already joined the team in Montreal, where the Caps play the Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday night.

His contract, which begins this season, carries an average annual value of $925,000.

It’s unclear when Gersich will make his NHL debut, but it could happen at some point in the Caps’ final eight games before the playoffs.


NBC Sports Washington has been told that the primary objective for Gersich in the coming weeks is to get his first taste of the NHL by observing—and practicing alongside—his new teammates in Washington. If the opportunity to get him into the lineup presents itself, then it’s possible he’ll suit up.

The 21-year-old just completed his third season at UND. Here are Gersich’s numbers from junior and college, courtesy of


At UND, the smooth-skating and skilled Gersich also produced this memorable goal vs. Denver:

Gersich has been assigned jersey No. 63 in Washington, according to the Caps’ website.

The addition of Gersich and subsequent subtraction of Travis Boyd, who was reassigned to Hershey on Friday morning, leaves the Caps with 14 forwards on the roster.

“I think he did a great job at rookie camp,” Caps GM Brian MacLellan said of Gersich in July. “He was one of our best players, if not the best player, at camp. Really happy about the way he’s progressed and where we picked him. I think Ross Mahoney did a great job with that pick.”