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Galiev in, Burakovsky out for Capitals


Galiev in, Burakovsky out for Capitals

Right wing Stan Galiev will be in the lineup and right wing Andre Burakovsky and defenseman Brooks Orpik will be out when the Capitals face off against the Colorado Avalanche tonight at Verizon Center (7 p.m., CSN).

Galiev, 23, practiced on a third line with center Jay Beagle and left wing Jason Chimera Saturday morning, while Justin Williams, who had been on the third line, moved up to a second line with center Evgeny Kuznetsov and left wing Marcus Johansson.

Galiev was recalled by the Capitals on Nov. 16 after scoring three goals in five games with the Hershey Bears. He has not played for the Caps since the third game of the season on Oct. 15 when he picked up an assist.

“Gally deserves a chance,” Trotz said. “Every day he comes and practices hard and went down to Hershey and played pretty well. I expect a little more from (Burakovsky), some of the details in his game. We haven’t gotten much production from him.”

Burakovsky, 20, has just one point in his last 11 games and has not scored a goal since Oct. 23. He has just two goals and four assists in 18 games, after netting nine goals and 13 assists in 53 games as a rookie last season.

“Sometimes you pull him out and he gets to reassess,” Trotz said. “There’s nothing that gets your message across like pulling a player out. A little more detail and a little more production and he should be fine.”

Galiev, who led the Bears with 25 goals last season, said he’s looking forward to another crack at the NHL. He has one goal and one assist in four career games with the Caps.

“It’s been a long time and I’m excited to play,” Galiev said. “I just want to prepare mentally. I haven’t played in this league for a long time but those five games in Hershey should help me. I got my confidence back and I’m going to use my speed today and be the first guy on the forecheck and back check.”

Galiev also saw time Saturday morning on the Caps’ second power-play unit, where he occupied Alex Ovechkin’s spot in the left circle.

“It should be fun,” he said. “Hopefully (Ovechkin) finishes off all the power plays with a goal and I don’t have to do it.”


Trotz said Galiev will take Williams’ spot on the third line and not Burakovsky spot on the second line because he needs to prove himself as an NHL player, and because Williams deserves more ice time because of his recent play.

“Let’s make sure you’re able to play in the league first,” Trotz said putting Galiev in the top six. “His assets are skating and his skill level. But can he produce at this level up here?”

Orpik still ailing: Orpik (lower body) received treatments at Kettler on Saturday but is still not ready to suit up. He will miss his fifth straight game tonight and is unlikely to play on Monday against the Oilers.    

“We want him to be 100 percent and once he gets to 100 percent we’ll give him a couple practices and you can expect him to be in the lineup after that point,” Trotz said. “It’s a long haul and he’s an important piece and we’re going to get him to 100 percent. It’s not a serious injury but it takes some time for what he has.”

Here’s how the Caps looked at Saturday’s morning skate:

Forward lines

Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstrom – T.J. Oshie

Marcus Johansson – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Justin Williams

Jason Chimera – Jay Beagle – Stan Galiev

Brooks Laich - Michael Latta – Tom Wilson

Defense pairs

Nate Schmidt - John Carlson

Karl Alzner – Matt Niskanen

Dmitry Orlov – Taylor Chorney


Braden Holtby (starter) – Philipp Grubauer  

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Game 60: Capitals vs. Lightning Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread


Game 60: Capitals vs. Lightning Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Lightning will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

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

You can also stream the game online with no cable TV subscription on fuboTV (try for free!).


The Capitals (34-18-7) take on the Lightning (39-17-3) Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Washington.


The Capitals-Lightning 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)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Lightning
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:00 p.m. — Caps in 30


Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Lightning game:

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

Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Alex Chiasson, Taylor Chorney


The Capitals-Lightning 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.

The game is also available to stream, along with all the pregame and postgame shows, on fuboTV (try for free).


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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3 reasons why the Caps beat the Sabres

3 reasons why the Caps beat the Sabres

You may think this was an ugly four-game road trip for the Caps, but with a 3-2 win in Buffalo on Monday, Washington managed to earn five out of a possible eight points.

Here is why the Caps beat the Sabres and managed to save the road swing.

A missed high-stick (maybe) from Ovechkin

Ovechkin scored the first goal of the game in the second period as he deflected a high-shot from Christian Djoos down past goalie Chad Johnson. But did the deflection come on a high stick? The play was reviewed and the goal was ultimately upheld. According to the NHL, it was determined that "video review supported the Referee's call on the ice that Alex Ovechkin's stick was at or below the height of the crossbar when he tipped the puck into the Buffalo net."

NBC Sports Washington analyst Alan May broke the play down during the second intermission and made his case for why the NHL actually got the call wrong.

Was that a high stick? I don't know. As compelling an argument as May made, it still looks inconclusive which means the review made the right call. What surprises me is that the referee did not disallow the goal on the initial call.

Whether the review is truly inconclusive or flat out wrong, Washington was fortunate to walk away from this sequence with the goal.


A centimeter of ice

Hockey is a game of inches and it took less than an inch to put Washington up 2-0. When an Evgeny Kuznetsov shot hit off the boards and bounced back to the front of the net, it sparked a scrum next to goalie Chad Johnson. Eventually, John Carlson was able to get a swipe on the puck sending it trickling to the goal line, but Kyle Okposo was there waiting and appeared to kick it out to safety just before it crossed. A review triggered by the Situation Room, however, revealed that the puck had just barely managed to cross the goal line before Okposo got to it.

Here's the view the NHL released after the review:

Philipp Grubauer's third period

After dominating the first 40 minutes of the game and taking a 2-0 lead, Buffalo predictably made a late push in the third period with two goals to pull within one. Washington outshot the Sabres in the first and second periods, but Buffalo reversed that trend in a big way in the third as they outshot the Caps 17-6. Grubauer turned aside 15 of those shots and was impressive after barely being tested in the first two periods.