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Game 2, Capitals vs. Islanders: Time, How To Watch, Open Thread

Game 2, Capitals vs. Islanders: Time, How To Watch, Open Thread

The Washington Capitals drop the puck at Verizon Center for the first time this season when they take on the New York Islanders tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET on CSN Mid-Atlantic.

The Capitals lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Penguins in the season-opener on Thursday night in Pittsburgh. The Capital return home today to face former teammate Jason Chimera and the Islanders.

Here is everything you need to know about the Capitals vs. Islanders home opener.

When is the Capitals-Islanders game?

The Capitals (0-0-1) play their home opener against the New York Islanders (0-1-0) today at 7:00 p.m. ET

What channel is the Capitals-Islanders game on?

The Capitals-Islanders game is broadcast on CSN Mid-Atlantic. The coverage of Capitals-Islanders begins at 6:30 p.m. with Capitals GameTime followed by the game broads at 7:00 p.m with Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin. Caps Extra begins at 10:30 p.m. ET following the game. (CSN channel Finder)

What are the lines for the Capitals-Islanders game?

Based on the morning skate, here are the projected lines:

Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie

Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Andre Burakovsky

Zach Sanford - Lars Eller - Justin Williams

Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen

Dmitry Orlov - John Carlson

Brooks Orpik - Nate Schmidt

Braden Holtby to start, Philipp Grubauer backup

Scratches: Brett Connolly, Taylor Chorney

Capitals Rock the Red Carpet pregame event:

CSN will be live streaming the Rock The Red Carpet event from 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on CSN Mid-Atlantic's Live Stream page. You can also watch the red carpet event via the CSN Mid-Atlantic Facebook Live post embedded below. The event will feature red carpet interviews with Capitals players as the arrive to the arena, along with former Capitals stars and CSN Mid-Atlantic analysts. 

Live from Capitals #RockTheRed Carpet

It's finally here! The Washington Capitals home opener is tonight vs. the Isles and we're live from the #RockTheRed Carpet at Verizon Center to bring you all the pre-game excitement.

Posted by NBC Sports Washington on Saturday, October 15, 2016

Capitals vs. Islanders Open Thread

Use the comment section below to give feedback on the Capitals home-opener and to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

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

Keep up with all the action and join in on the conversation here with Capitals Pulse.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: And so we meet again

Capitals Faceoff Podcast: And so we meet again

We all knew this was coming, right?

The Capitals will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoffs for the third consecutive season and for the 11th time in franchise history. Washington has only beaten Pittsburgh once in their previous 10 series. This season gives them the opportunity to get over the second round and Pittsburgh hump once and for all.

Will this year be different? Will the Caps finally take down their arch nemesis? Will they finally advance to the conference final?

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break down the Caps-Penguins matchup in the Capitals Faceoff Podcast.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page

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Penguins will be without Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin for Game 1

Penguins will be without Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin for Game 1

As the Capitals and Penguins prepare to open their second-round series, significant injury news came out of Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Head coach Mike Sullivan informed the media that both Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin would not play in Game 1 due to injuries.

The fact that Hagelin would not be traveling with the team suggests that he will miss Game 2 as well, but that has not been confirmed. That also means that Malkin is at least a possibility for Game 2.

Malkin did not play in Game 6 against the Philadelphia Flyers after getting injured in a collision with Jakub Voracek in Game 5. Hagelin was injured in Game 6 on a big hit from Claude Giroux.

So when the series against Washington begins, Pittsburgh will be playing without two-thirds of its second line.

Malkin made a real push for the Hart Trophy this season with 42 goals and 98 points. He was a major factor in last season's Cup run with 28 points in 26 games and was gearing up for another big postseason with five points in his first five games.

But don't celebrate too much, Caps fans. It is not as if either loss will be crippling to Pittsburgh's offense.

Despite not having Malkin for the entire Game 6 and losing Hagelin midway through the second period, the Penguins still managed to put up eight goals on the Flyers in the series-clinching win.

Still, with scoring depth being such a strength for Pittsburgh, the Capitals need to take advantage. The Penguins will be without one of the best players in the NHL and that makes Game 1 crucial. Washington has gone down 0-2 in each of their past two playoff series including last year against Pittsburgh. They lost that series in seven games. They need to have a better start this year and with no Malkin or Hagelin for Game 1, this may be a must-win for the Caps.

Riley Sheahan and Dominik Simon skated with Phil Kessel on the second line at practice on Wednesday and it is a good bet that is how the second line will remain for Game 1. That way, Pittsburgh can keep its third line of Conor Sheary, Derick Brassard and Bryan Rust line together which has been very effective.