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Capitals top Hurricanes in 2015 preseason opener


Capitals top Hurricanes in 2015 preseason opener

Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night in their preseason opener at Verizon Center:

How it happened: Tom Wilson broke a scoreless tie 3:31 into the third period, snapping a pass from defenseman Christian Djoos inside the left post for his first goal of the preseason. Derek Roy made it 2-0 with 6:49 remaining in regulation, firing a shot off the right shoulder of Hurricanes goaltender Drew MacIntyre. Caps goalies Braden Holtby (14 saves) and Dan Ellis (12 saves) combined for the shutout. 

Wild child: Before the game, Capitals coach Barry Trotz referred to Wilson as a “wild child” capable of dominating with his wrists as well as his fists. The 21-year-old right winger delivered in the third period, ripping a shot past goalie Drew MacIntyre. Wilson scored just four goals in 64 games last season and spent his summer in Toronto working on his puck skills. 

Holtby perfect: Braden Holtby stopped all 14 shots he faced in his first start for the Capitals since Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Truth be told, Holtby missed the first 36 seconds of the game because of an equipment issue. He replaced Dan Ellis after the first stoppage.


Ellis also perfect: Dan Ellis had to reach back to make a stop with his goal stick minutes after replacing Holtby with 7:11 remaining in the second period and stopped a flurry of Canes chances in the third to preserve the shutout.

Oshie and Ovi: Alex Ovechkin and T. J. Oshie generated several scoring chances while playing on a top a line with Evgeny Kuznetsov. In the first period Ovechkin hit Oshie in stride with a cross-ice pass. Oshie spun around and fired a shot wide of the net. In the third period Kuznetsov fed Ovechkin for a one-timer that knuckled into the glove of MacIntyre.

Loving Orlov: Defenseman Dmitry Orlov was very assertive in his first NHL game since the end of the 2013-14 season. Sidelined all of last season with a wrist injury, Orlov jumped into holes for shots, killed penalties and absorbed a big block on a slapper by Canes defenseman Ryan Murphy.

Special teamers: The Caps’ first power play unit had Ovechkin in the high left circle, Matt Niskanen at the high point, Evgeny Kuznetsov on the half wall, Derek Roy on the goal line and T.J. Oshie in the slot. The second unit had Jason Chimera, Carter Camper, Jakub Vrana, Ovechkin and Connor Carrick. The Caps’ penalty killing pairs were comprised of Chimera and Oshie; and Wilson and Laich; with defense pairings of Niskanen and Karl Alzner; and Orlov and Arron Ness.  

What’s next: The Caps will visit the Boston Bruins Tuesday night, when Philipp Grubauer and Justin Peters are expected to split time between the pipes.    

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

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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