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Stanley Cup parade on the National Mall?


Stanley Cup parade on the National Mall?

If you’re like Michael Jenkins and believe this is the year Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals will parade the Stanley Cup through a sea of red on the National Mall, I suggest you run to Las Vegas now to put your money where your heart is.

Run, don’t walk.

As of today, Bovada has the Capitals listed at 18 to 1 odds of winning the first Stanley Cup in their 42-year history, behind the Chicago Blackhawks (13/2), Anaheim Ducks (10/1), Los Angeles Kings (10/1), Tampa Bay Lightning (10/1), Pittsburgh Penguins (14/1), St. Louis Blues (14/1) and Minnesota Wild (16/1).

The Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators also are listed at 18 to 1 odds.

RELATED CSN begins extensive Caps coverage Monday night

Oddly enough, the Caps were given identical 18 to 1 odds in Vegas back on June 16, before acquiring three-time Stanley Cup champion Justin Williams and Olympic sensation T.J. Oshie to fortify their forward depth.

The Caps are also listed at 15 to 2 to win the Eastern Conference, behind the Rangers (9/2), Lightning (9/2) and Penguins (7/1) and 9 to 2 to win the Metropolitan Division, behind the Rangers (12/5) and Penguins (13/4).

The complete odds are listed below. I’m not convinced the Bruins deserve to be as high as they are, or that the Florida Panthers deserve to be as low. In fact, it would not shock me to see the Bruins miss the playoffs and the Panthers to sneak in.

We’ll engage in that debate as we get closer to the regular season opener, but for now, have fun breaking down these odds:

Odds to win the 2016 Stanley Cup                                                         

                                                         June 16           Current Odds

Chicago Blackhawks                             7/1                    13/2

Anaheim Ducks                                     10/1                  10/1

Los Angeles Kings                                14/1                  10/1

New York Rangers                                 8/1                    10/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                             12/1                  10/1

Pittsburgh Penguins                              14/1                14/1

St. Louis Blues                                      12/1                  14/1

Minnesota Wild                                     14/1                  16/1

Montreal Canadiens                               14/1                  18/1

Nashville Predators                               16/1                  18/1

Washington Capitals                              18/1                  18/1

Boston Bruins                                          16/1                20/1

New York Islanders                                22/1                  22/1

Columbus Blue Jackets                         33/1                  25/1

Calgary Flames                                     40/1                  28/1

Dallas Stars                                         66/1                  28/1

Detroit Red Wings                                 33/1                  28/1

Winnipeg Jets                                       25/1                  28/1

Edmonton Oilers                                   33/1                  33/1

Ottawa Senators                                    50/1                  40/1

San Jose Sharks                                   40/1                  40/1

Vancouver Canucks                               40/1                  66/1

Colorado Avalanche                              66/1                  66/1

Florida Panthers                                    75/1                  66/1

New Jersey Devils                                 66/1                  75/1

Philadelphia Flyers                                66/1                  75/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                             66/1                  100/1

Buffalo Sabres                                      100/1                100/1

Carolina Hurricanes                                100/1                100/1

Arizona Coyotes                                    100/1                150/1

Odds to win the 2016 Eastern Conference

New York Rangers                     9/2

Tampa Bay Lightning                 9/2

Pittsburgh Penguins                  7/1

Washington Capitals                  15/2

Montreal Canadiens                   8/1

Boston Bruins                           10/1

New York Islanders                    10/1

Columbus Blue Jackets             12/1

Detroit Red Wings                     12/1

Ottawa Senators                        18/1

Florida Panthers                        28/1

New Jersey Devils                     40/1

Philadelphia Flyers                    40/1

Buffalo Sabres                          50/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    50/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                 50/1

Odds to win the 2016 Western Conference

Chicago Blackhawks                 13/4

Anaheim Ducks                         11/2

Los Angeles Kings                    11/2

St. Louis Blues                          15/2

Minnesota Wild                         9/1

Nashville Predators                   9/1

Winnipeg Jets                           12/1

Calgary Flames                         14/1

Dallas Stars                              14/1

Edmonton Oilers                       16/1

San Jose Sharks                       20/1

Vancouver Canucks                   25/1

Colorado Avalanche                  33/1

Arizona Coyotes                        75/1

Odds to Win the 2016 Atlantic Division

Tampa Bay Lightning                             11/5

Montreal Canadiens                               12/5

Boston Bruins                                       11/2

Detroit Red Wings                                 13/2

Ottawa Senators                                    7/1

Florida Panthers                                    10/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                             20/1

Buffalo Sabres                                      22/1

Odds to win the 2014 Metropolitan Division      

New York Rangers                                 12/5

Pittsburgh Penguins                              13/4

Washington Capitals                              9/2

New York Islanders                                19/4

Columbus Blue Jackets                         13/2

Philadelphia Flyers                                12/1

New Jersey Devils                                 14/1

Carolina Hurricanes                                22/1

Odds to Win the 2014 Pacific Division   

Anaheim Ducks                                     17/10

Los Angeles Kings                                13/5

Calgary Flames                                     6/1

Edmonton Oilers                                   13/2

San Jose Sharks                                   7/1

Vancouver Canucks                               7/1

Arizona Coyotes                                    35/1

Odds to Win the 2014 Central Division  

Chicago Blackhawks                             11/5

St. Louis Blues                                      3/1

Minnesota Wild                                     4/1

Nashville Predators                               9/2

Dallas Stars                                         9/1

Winnipeg Jets                                       19/2

Colorado Avalanche                              14/1


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Game 62: Capitals vs. Sabres Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread


Game 62: Capitals vs. Sabres Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres

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

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

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

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


The Capitals (34-20-7) take on the Sabres (18-32-11) Saturday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Capital One Arena.


The Capitals-Sabres 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. Sabres
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-Sabres 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

Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Michal Kempny - Brooks Orpik

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Alex Chiasson, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek


The Capitals-Panthers 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.


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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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

Alan May knows a thing or two about the trade deadline.

Over the course of his NHL career, May was traded five total times, four at the trade deadline. He sits down with Rob Carlin on a special edition of the Capitals Extra Podcast to tell stories from his playing days about what it was like getting traded.

This one's a can't miss for hockey fans. You can listen to the episode here on the Capitals Extra page or with the player below.