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CSN, Capitals announce 77-game TV schedule

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CSN, Capitals announce 77-game TV schedule

LIVE COVERAGE TO INCLUDE 6 PRESEASON AND 71 REGULAR-SEASON GAMES; 11 CONTESTS TO BE PRESENTED NATIONALLY ON NBC, NBCSN

CAPS FACEOFF AND CAPS OVERTIME TO JOIN CAPS GAMETIME AND CAPS EXTRA TO DELIVER 2.5 HOURS OF LIVE GAMEDAY NEWS, ANALYSIS AND ENTERTAINMENT

EXTENSIVE CAPS CONTENT TO BE FEATURED ACROSS WEBSITE, APP AND SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS THROUGHOUT THE DAY

NEW FEATURE SHOWS TO PROVIDE IN-DEPTH STORYTELLING AND INSIDE ACCESS

Bethesda, Md. (Sept. 14, 2017) – CSN Mid-Atlantic, which will become NBC Sports Washington on Oct. 2, and the Washington Capitals have announced the team’s 77-game regional television schedule for the 2017-18 NHL season, which features 71 regular-season games and six preseason contests. As previously announced, NBCSN and NBC will combine to present exclusive national coverage of 11 Capitals games this season.

LIVE-GAME COVERAGE

CSN’s live Capitals coverage, which will continue to be available to stream live on CSNmidatlantic.com and the NBC Sports app, will begin with the preseason opener at New Jersey on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. and will include six of the team’s seven exhibition games. Monumental Sports Network will simulcast CSN’s live coverage of the Sept. 27 exhibition game against the Devils. CSN’s regular-season schedule will start with the Capitals’ season opener Oct. 5 at Ottawa at 7:30 p.m.

CSN’s live coverage will be led by Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati, game analyst Craig Laughlinand reporter Al Koken, who are entering their 21st consecutive season together. Analyst Alan May and Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir will again contribute regularly to game coverage.

GAMEDAY PROGRAMMING

This season, CSN will expand its gameday coverage to include 2.5 hours of live Capitals news, analysis, commentary and entertainment with a pair of new shows. Caps FaceOff will be presented for a half hour leading into pregame show Caps GameTime. After games, Caps Overtime will extend postgame coverage for up to an hour following Caps Extra. The new shows will be fan-focused, allowing Caps fans to participate in coverage of the day’s most compelling topics and storylines.

Caps FaceOff and Caps Overtime will be moderated by 106.7 the Fan’s Grant Paulsen and will feature a panel of rotating contributors, including Courtney Laughlin. Led by host Rob CarlinCaps GameTime and Caps Extra will include analyst May with contributions from Brent Johnson, Beninati, Laughlin, Koken and El-Bashir.

MULTIPLATFORM CONTENT

CSN’s coverage this season will be greatly expanded across every platform throughout the day. CSN’s website, mobile app and social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, will serve fan-focused video, audio, editorial and interactive content through every day-part. In the morning, the podcast Caps DriveTime will join Wake Up Call, a short-form interactive Caps experience delivered via alerts, social media and email that will provide “on-the-go” content on multiple platforms throughout the day.

CSN’s digital media properties, including CSNmidatlantic.com and the CSN Mid-Atlantic mobile app, will also be rebranded under the NBC Sports Washington name on Oct. 2. Fans can follow Capitals coverage on Twitter at @CSNCapitals and can follow CSN on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat at @CSNMA.

FEATURE SHOWS

In addition to expanded game-day and multiplatform content, CSN will also deliver more Capitals-related feature programming this season. These specials, presented primarily on non-game days, aim to keep fans engaged with behind-the scenes coverage of the team and players with a focus on storytelling and will include programs like On Ice with Alan May.

See the full schedule here:

CSN Mid-Atlantic, part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, is the official sports network of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NFL’s Washington Redskins and ACC. CSN Mid-Atlantic – the leading multiplatform sports media organization serving the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia – delivers more than 400 live events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming. CSN Mid-Atlantic’s digital portfolio, highlighted by CSNmidatlantic.com, is the region’s top source for written, video and interactive sports content. CSN Mid-Atlantic will transition to NBC Sports Washington on October 2.

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When will T.J. Oshie return to the Caps' lineup?

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When will T.J. Oshie return to the Caps' lineup?

T.J. Oshie will miss a sixth straight game when Washington hosts Anaheim on Saturday night.

The Caps’ star winger, however, continues to make progress in his recovery from the upper body injury he suffered Dec. 4 against San Jose.

On Friday, he joined his teammates for the first half of practice while wearing a non-contact jersey. He left the ice, though, once the more vigorous work began.

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Coach Barry Trotz said Oshie’s early departure was planned.

“He skated today [but] until he does a full practice he will not play,” Trotz said. “He’s going through the protocols and all that.”

The Caps are not scheduled to practice on Sunday so the next opportunity for Oshie to complete a full session will be on Monday morning prior to the team leaving for a three-game road trip that will make stops in Dallas, Arizona and Las Vegas.

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Assuming Oshie receives medical clearance in the coming days and there are no further injuries, Trotz will have a tough choice to make once No. 77 is ready. Someone has to come out. But who? Chandler Stephenson? Devante Smith-Pelly? Someone else?

“That’s what you want; you want internal competition,” Trotz said. “I don’t know who would come out yet when T.J. does come in. But they’ll let me know.”

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Bruins coach takes issue with Tom Wilson coming to the defense of Dmitry Orlov

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Bruins coach takes issue with Tom Wilson coming to the defense of Dmitry Orlov

Tom Wilson is one of those players people love to have on their team, but others hate to play against.

An incident in the second period of Washington's 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday has once again drawn the ire of an opponent.

With the Bruins attacking, a deflection by Patrice Bergeron hit off the post and out of play. As the puck was going out, Brad Marchand gave a cross-check to the back of Dmitry Orlov.

Orlov took exception. So did Wilson.

You can see the replay here.

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With Orlov and Marchand engaged in a shoving match, Wilson comes in to defend his teammate. That did not sit well with Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy.

“Well, I voiced my opinion at the end of the period. I think it’s wrong and to me, to just put two guys into the box in that situation when a third guy comes in, there should have been an additional call,” Cassidy said after the game, per Bruins Daily.

“That’s the way I felt about it, they didn’t see it that way. Clearly, two guys, Orlov and Marchy [Marchand] were battling and for him [Wilson] to come in is unnecessary, to say the least in that situation. But their job is to police it on the ice, and in that particular instance, that’s the way the saw it and that’s the way it went.”

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Perhaps Cassidy was just fishing for an extra minor to Wilson, but it is probably no coincidence he said "a third guy comes in" when referencing the play.

There is a rule in the NHL against a "third man in" that states that a misconduct penalty will be assessed on "any player who is the first to intervene (third man in) in an altercation already in progress," but the term "altercation" falls under the terms of fighting in the rule book. Orlov and Marchand were assessed matching minors for cross-checking. The fact that the referees determined no fight was in progress means there was no "altercation" and the third man rule does not apply.

Marchand and Wilson were not done with each other and both players were assessed 10-minute misconducts late in the third period, but by then the game was already well in hand for Washington.