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Capitals' top prospects heading to Florida

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Capitals' top prospects heading to Florida

Instead of facing the Flyers in a one-day prospects game, the Capitals will try something new this September by participating in a four-team, three-game rookie tournament.

The games will take place at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla., from Sept. 12-15, with top prospects from the Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning also participating.

In the past the Caps have alternated between Kettler Capitals Iceplex and the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees N.J., for rookie games. Last year, Caps defensive prospect Madison Bowey struggled in his only scrimmage of rookie camp. This tournament gives each team a longer look at their prospects in game action. 

“This is a great opportunity for our prospects to compete against other team’s top young players and for us to evaluate our talent,” said Caps general manager Brian MacLellan in a statement. “We are also excited for the opportunity to bring this tournament to our great fans at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in the near future.”

In all likelihood the agreement between the four teams ensures each club will have the opportunity to host the rookie tournament, alternating from year to year.

Capitals’ prospects will face each of the three other participating teams once during the round-robin portion of the rookie tournament. Both the Consolation and Championship Games will be played on Sept. 15. The Capitals’ tournament roster and further media information will be announced at a later date.

Here is the complete schedule: 

Date                                                Opponent                                                        Time

Saturday, Sept. 12                            Florida at Washington                                   3 p.m.  

Saturday, Sept. 12                            Nashville at Tampa Bay                                 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 13                              Nashville at Florida                                        3 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 13                              Tampa Bay at Washington                              7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 15                            Washington at Nashville                               10 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 15                             Florida at Tampa Bay                                     2 p.m.

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How the Caps won their first round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets

How the Caps won their first round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets

Things did not look good for the Capitals after two games.

Facing a 0-2 series hole after losing both games in Washington, it looked like it could be an early summer. The Caps were going to be the first team to ever lose a series in the playoffs to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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But the Caps rallied.

Washington won the next four games and turned what looked like it would be another postseason disaster into a postseason triumph.

Only once in franchise history had the Caps rallied from a 0-2 deficit and only once had the Caps won four straight games to win a series. They managed both against the Blue Jackets.

Here's how the Caps were able to rally to a first-round victory over Columbus.

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018: Capitals vs. Penguins schedule, date, time, TV channel, how to watch

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018: Capitals vs. Penguins schedule, date, time, TV channel, how to watch

The Capitals and Penguins face off in the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference semifinals, marking the third consecutive season the two Metro Division rivals have met in the playoffs.

The Capitals have beaten the Penguins in a playoff series just once in ten attempts dating back to 1991, and all five of the Penguins' Stanley Cup Championships included series wins over Washington.

The Capitals and Penguins split the regular-season series 2-2, with both teams picking up wins at home and on the road. The Capitals outscored the Penguins 13-12 over the course of the four regular-season games. 

The Capitals vs. Penguins 2018 NHL Playoff series will begin on Thursday, April 24 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. E.T.

Pregame coverage of the Capitals vs. Penguins on NBC Sports Washington begins an hour before puck-drop with Caps FaceOff, followed by Caps GameTime.

Caps Extra follows each playoff game with Caps OverTime after that. 

Stream Pre- and postgame coverage of Capitals vs. Penguins Game 1 on NBC Sports Washington.

Game 2 information has yet to be released.

CAPITALS vs. PENGUINS 2018 NHL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Game 1: Penguins at Capitals
Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: NBC Sports Network (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 2: Penguins at Capitals
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: TBD (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 3: Capitals at Penguins
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Penn.
TV Channel: TBD (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 4: Capitals at Penguins
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Penn.
TV Channel: TBD (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 5 (If Necessary): Penguins at Capitals
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: NBC (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 6 (If Necessary): Capitals at Penguins
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Penn.
TV Channel: TBD (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 7 (If necessary): Penguins at Capitals
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: TBD (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)