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Caps ink two more college free agents on Tuesday

Caps ink two more college free agents on Tuesday

The Caps inked a couple of college free agents on Tuesday, signing defenseman Kris Bindulis and center Hampus Gustafsson to entry level contracts.

Bindulis agreed to a three-year deal, while Hampus’ pact is for two years.

Both players will report to Hershey on a tryout agreement for the remainder of this season.

The Caps have been aggressive so far in the college free agent market.

A week ago, the club signed Alaska-Anchorage forward Mason Mitchell to a two-year deal entry level deal.

Listed at 6 foot 3, 180-pounds, Bindulis had a goal and 11 assists in 28 games as a freshman for Lake Superior State this season. 

Prior to Lake Superior State, Bindulis played for Aston of the North American Hockey League, where he served as the Rebels’ home captain and registered 10 goals and 36 assists in 57 games.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman called the 21-year-old Lativian “raw” but “talented.” Bindulis also participated in the Capitals development camp last year.

Gustafsson, meantime, amassed 15 goals and 11assists in 36 games for Merrimack College this season, leading the Warriors in goals and ranking second in points.

Listed at 6 foot 4, 205-pounds, the 23-year-old Swede is a nominee for the 2017 Hobey Baker Award and served as an alternate captain for Merrimack the last two seasons. In his four-year college career, he recorded 87 points (38 goals and 49 assists) in 146 career games.

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Game 8: Capitals at Red Wings Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 8: Capitals at Red Wings Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings

Where: Little Caesar's Arena, Detroit, Mich.

When: 7:30 p.m. ET. Coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. ET with Capitals FaceOff.

How to Watch: Capitals at Red Wings will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals at Red Wings game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-RED WINGS GAME?

The Capitals (3-3-1) take on the Red Wings (4-3-0) Friday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Little Caesars's Arena.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-RED WINGS GAME ON?

The Capitals-Red Wings game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Capitals FaceOff gets things started at 6:30 p.m. ET followed by Caps GameTime at 7:00 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington Plus following the game for Caps Extra followed by Caps Overtime and Caps in 30 for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
7:30 p.m. — Capitals @ Red Wings
10:00 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:30 p.m. — Caps OverTime
11:00 p.m. — Caps in 30

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-RED WINGS GAME?

The Capitals-Red Wings game, as well as the pre and postgame shows, 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.

WHAT ARE THE LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-RED WINGS GAME?

Here are the projected lines:

Forwards
Tom Wilson - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Jakub Vrana
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Devante Smith-Pelly - Jay Beagle - Alex Chiasson

Defense
Brooks Orpik - Madison Bowey
Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Taylor Chorney

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches
Nathan Walker, Aaron Ness, Tyler Graovac (injured), Matt Niskanen (LTIR)

CAPITALS-RED WINGS OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Can the Capitals spark Andre Burakovsky and fix their defense?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Can the Capitals spark Andre Burakovsky and fix their defense?

Andre Burakovsky is struggling and so are the Caps. Can a move to the third line spark some depth scoring? JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir talk about whether the move will help Burakovsky and just how the team can fix its scuffling defense.

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