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Prospect Report: A big week for Chandler Stephenson


Prospect Report: A big week for Chandler Stephenson

Hershey update: 1-2-0-0, 7th in the Atlantic Division. Last week: 0-2-0-0

It didn't take long for Chandler Stephenson to make his way back to the NHL. The young center was one of the last players cut from the roster during training camp, but was recalled to Washington on Thursday and made his NHL debut that night against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Stephenson has now played in three games and, though he has yet to record a point, he has certainly impressed and helped improve a fourth line that lacked cohesion in the Caps' first two contests.

Hershey certainly seems to be missing their young center as the Bears dropped two games in Portland. Despite the rough weekend, both Jakub Vrana and Riley Barber continue to impress. Vrana scored the first regular-season AHL goal of his career on Saturday while Barber tallied another goal on Sunday and now has three in as many games.

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Other prospect notes:

Tyler Lewington and Vitek Vanecek's ECHL careers have gotten off to a rocky start. In his first two games, Lewington is a minus-3. Vanecek got his first start on Sunday against the Reading Royals. He made 28 saves, but allowed six goals in a 6-0 romp.

Obviously, that's not a great start, but there's no need to panic. This was Vanecek's North America debut and that is a transition that some players, especially goalies, tend to struggle with. He also did not get much help from his teammates as the Stingrays were outshot 34-20.

Notre Dame opened its season with a two-game series against Penn State. Forward Thomas DiPauli recorded a goal and an assist for the Irish.

Forward Shane Gersich missed North Dakota's last two games on Friday and Saturday due to an undisclosed injury. He is listed as day-to-day.

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

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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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Evgeny Kuznetsov considered day-to-day, will miss Sunday's game in Philadelphia

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Evgeny Kuznetsov considered day-to-day, will miss Sunday's game in Philadelphia

Evgeny Kuznetsov has been declared day-to-day with an undisclosed upper body injury, the Caps announced Saturday afternoon.

He will not play Sunday against the Flyers, marking the first time in four seasons that the durable 25-year-old center will have missed a game.

Kuznetsov, the Caps’ assists leader and first line pivot over the past week, was injured in the second period of Friday’s 6-3 win over the Islanders. On the play, he slashed on the arm by New York defenseman Thomas Hickey before he tumbled awkwardly into the end boards.


Kuznetsov did not return to the contest.

The Caps did not practice on Saturday as they made their way to Philadelphia, where they'll look to extend their winning streak to five games.  

The team, per usual, did not elaborate about the extent or nature of Kuznetsov’s injury. But it does seem to be a good sign that he was not listed as week-to-week—the designation the Caps typically reserve for more severe injuries. And with a two point lead on Pittsburgh in the Metro Division standings—and a game in hand—they can actually afford to be cautious with one of their most important players.


The injury does, however, come at a time when Kuznetsov appeared to be hitting his stride. Including the two assists he had racked up prior to leaving Friday’s game, Kuzy has amassed five goals and 11 assists in 10 games.    

Without Kuznetsov on Sunday, Nicklas Backstrom, Lars Eller and Jay Beagle will be the team’s most experienced centers. Travis Boyd and/or Chandler Stephenson figure to be deployed as the fourth pivot.

Coach Barry Trotz is expected to meet with reporters prior to Sunday’s game. It’s possible he’ll shed some more light on Kuznetsov’s outlook at that time.

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