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NBA could provide clues to NHL resolution


NBA could provide clues to NHL resolution

A week after canceling a total of 82 regular season games through Oct. 24, representatives from the NHL and its players association are scheduled to meet again in New York beginning Wednesday or Thursday.

The two sides met privately on Friday in Toronto and there is a good chance new proposals from both sides are in the works.

This weeks talks will be aimed at settling the key economic issues that led to NHL owners locking out the players on Sept. 16. The owners last proposal has the players taking a 10 percent cut in revenue sharing, from 57 percent to 47 percent. The players most recent proposal has their share dropping no lower than 52 percent.

The gap between the two sides led to the cancellation of the first two weeks of the regular season, which was originally scheduled to begin on Thursday. It is unlikely any of those games could be salvaged if an agreement is reached within the next two weeks.

Its tough to see that the NHL doesnt have enough faith that theyre going to be able to make a deal in the next couple of weeks, Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer told CSNChicago.

As players you never want to lose games. That means youre losing that competition. Youre losing that full season where you can get into the playoffs or not. Were still trying to make a deal as quickly as possible. But sometimes its tough when both sides have different views of what the issues are.

If talks between the two sides yield significant movement the NHL lockout could follow a similar path to the NBA lockout of a year ago.

In that agreement, players accepted a reduction of revenue sharing from 57 percent to 51.2 percent, with allowances for revenue growth. Because of the NBAs drop in salary cap, teams were permitted a one-time amnesty exemption, which allowed each team to remove one player from its salary cap roster.

The NBA came to a tentative agreement with its players on Nov. 26, allowed players about 10 days to return from their contractual commitments overseas, scheduled two preseason games, and opened an abbreviated 66-game regular season on Christmas Day.

This weeks negotiations between the NHL and its players could determine if the league is heading down a very similar path.

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3 stars of the game: A lethargic loss in Philadelphia


3 stars of the game: A lethargic loss in Philadelphia

Playing three games in four days takes a toll on even the fittest athletes, and it was their sluggish start that doomed the Capitals in a 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. 

After being noncomittal about his starting goalie all weekend, Coach Barry Trotz put Philipp Grubauer in net. Grubauer ended up making 29 saves on 34 shots. Offensively, the Caps got goals from Alex Ovechkin, Chandler Stephenson, and John Carlson. Carlson's third period goal cut the Flyers' lead to two with a little over three minutes to go, but a Jakub Voracek empty-netter a few moments later was the nail in the coffin. 

Here are your three stars from the game: 

1. Travis Boyd had the play of the game for the Capitals. Boyd carried the puck into the Flyer's zone, cut through multiple defenders and fired a slick shot to a streaking Ovechkin, who burried the puck in the back of the net. Check it out: 

Not only was the play nice on its own, but it was Boyd's first NHL point. Not a bad way to get it. 

2. Shayne Gostisbehere​ got the Flyers going with his goal in the first period. The defenseman had one goal on five shots along with being an intimidating force in the defensive zone. After going six weeks without scoring, today's goal was Gostisbehere's second goal in three games. 

3. Wayne Simmonds was the best offensive player on the ice on Sunday, scoring twice - both in the final period. It was the 22nd and 23rd goals of the season for the 29-year-old winger. It was also the first multi-goal game for Simmonds since Opening Night, when he had two against San Jose. 

The Caps hit the ice next on Tuesday, when they welcome the Dallas Stars to the Capital One Center. 

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Game 72 Capitals at Flyers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

Game 72 Capitals at Flyers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

When: 5:00 p.m. ET

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

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


The Capitals (41-23-7) take on the Flyers (36-25-11) Sunday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. ET in Philadelphia.


The Capitals-Flyers 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)

4:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
4:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
5:00 p.m. — Capitals at Flyers
7:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
8:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
9:00 p.m. — Caps in 30


The Capitals-Flyers 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.


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