Now that the NHLs 700-plus players are officially lockedout, when will the NHL open its doors again for business?In time for the start of training camps on Sept. 21?In time for the season openers on Oct. 11?In time for the Winter Classic on Jan. 1?And if it the lockout drags on beyond Jan. 1, will there bea season at all?The last time the NHL issued a work stoppage in 2004, theplayers dug in their heels and missed an entire season. Caps union rep Brooks Laichsaid on Friday the players have the same resolve they did back then.I hear rumors every day, Capitals right wing Joel Wardsaid when asked how long he thinks the work stoppage will last. Ive heardChristmas, Ive heard Thanksgiving, Ive heard two weeks. I just dont evenlisten to it anymore.How long do fans feel the lockout will last?Sonja Jones, 33, of Owens Mills, Md., attended the Capitalsfinal pre-lockout practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Friday and believes theNHL will salvage a season.My gut says that if they can do it, they will start late,Jones said. I dont know if theyll try to fit in a full season. If it goespast a month I dont think theyll get in a full season. At least its not an Olympicyear, but Im not sure if players would want to extend the season even longerand miss the 2013 World Championships.Fred Welker, 68, of Arlingtonis an original Capitals season ticket holder. He said hes still hoping theplayers and owners can strike an agreement before training camp. But he said theyllneed to get to the bargaining table more often than they have in recent weeks.I just hope its short and sweet, Welker said. I mean,they dont negotiate. They talk for a half hour and nothing comes out of it.I dont understand why they dont keep meeting until they get it done. Imhoping a miracle will happen. But its very unlikely.Jean Williams, 33, of Hershey, Pa., is expecting the lockout tofollow a similar course to the one in 1994-95 when 468 games were lost from Oct.1 through Jan. 19. That year, an agreement was reached on Jan. 11 and a 48-gameseason commenced on Jan. 20.Im crossing my fingers and hoping they start the season atleast midway, Williams said. But I would not be surprised if they dont playat all.
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.
WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?
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.
WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME ON?
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
WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?
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
WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?
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.
CAPITALS-SABRES OPEN THREAD
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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.
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