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Game 40: Capitals at Canadiens game time, how to watch, open thread

Game 40: Capitals at Canadiens game time, how to watch, open thread

A red-hot Braden Holtby takes on Carey Price in Montreal. Stream the game via or tune in to CSN at 7:00 p.m. for coverage. Here is everything you need to know:

What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens

Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Que.

When: Monday, 1/9 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

How to Watch: Capitals GameTime airs at 7:00 p.m. followed by Capitals vs. Canadiens on CSN.

When is the Capitals-Canadiens game?

The Capitals (25-9-5) play the Montreal Canadiens (25-9-6) Monday at 7:30 p.m.

What channel is the Capitals-Canadiens game on?

The Capitals-Canadiens game is broadcast on CSN. The coverage of the game begins at 7:00 p.m. with Capitals GameTime. The game begins at 7:30 p.m with Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin. For postgame coverage, stick around for Caps Extra and Caps in 30 following the game. (CSN channel Finder)

Where can I stream the Capitals-Canadiens game?

The Capitals-Canadiens game, along with Caps Extra, is available to stream live here on and the NBC Sports app and is available to authenticated CSN Mid-Atlantic subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

What are the lines for the Capitals-Canadiens game?

Based Sunday's practice, here are the projected lines:

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Brett Connolly
Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Paul Carey - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Nate Schmidt

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Liam O'Brien, Taylor Chorney

Capitals-Canadiens Open Thread

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We have ourselves a goalie rotation in Washington


We have ourselves a goalie rotation in Washington

It’s happened. The Caps no longer seem to have a No. 1 goalie anymore, they have a No. 1 and 1a.

That’s right, we have a goalie rotation in Washington.

“There's no sense riding one,” Barry Trotz said after practice on Monday. “[Braden Holtby] is coming back and looking better every game and [Philipp Grubauer] played pretty well for a long stretch so why not have both of them going?”

Grubauer got the start Sunday in Philadelphia and Holtby is slated to get the start Tuesday against the Dallas Stars. After that we will have to wait and see.


Trotz has no layout for which goalie he wants to start and when in the remaining ten games. He is not thinking about each goalie splitting five games or which one he wants to use more.

Nope. Trotz has just one thing on his mind. It is all about who starts the next game, that’s it.

“I think you just go with a guy that's hot at the time and your team feels comfortable with and go from there,” Trotz said.

So where does this leave the goaltending situation when it comes to the playoffs? A goalie rotation is all well and good in the regular season, but he has to have one starter for the postseason, right?

Not necessarily.


When Trotz was asked if he philosophically believed in having one starter for the playoffs, Trotz initially said he would not answer, but then said, “Why don't you ask Mike Sullivan what he thinks.”

Sullivan, of course, is the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins who has led his team to a Stanley Cup in each of the past two seasons despite turning to both goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray in both seasons.

While Pittsburgh’s goalie rotation was largely based on injury, however, it still provides an example of how using both goalies can work in the playoffs and that seems to be the path the Caps are headed on at the moment.

Said Trotz, “You just have to go with your gut who you think is going to get the job done.”

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NHL Power Rankings: The home stretch

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NHL Power Rankings: The home stretch

We are down to the home stretch. Only 10 games remain in the Capitals' regular season. Those 10 games will ultimately decide if the Caps finish in first place in the Metropolitan Division and who they will play in the first round of the playoffs.

Washington currently sits in first place in the division, two points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and four points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers. Of those 10 remaining games, only three come against teams currently in playoff position. The most critical of these comes on April 1 when the Caps travel to Pittsburgh in a game that could ultimately decide the division.

The Caps still hold a narrow lead in the standings, but where do they stand in the rankings? See this week's updated NHL Power Rankings here.