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When will Caps make up their games? Good question


When will Caps make up their games? Good question

Creating a 1,230-game NHL schedule is no easy task. Re-creating one is about as difficult as shoveling your car out of a snowdrift.

Now that the NHL has canceled the Capitals’ games against the Anaheim Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguinson Friday and Sunday due to this weekend’s winter snowstorm, what are some possible dates for makeup games?

It’s entirely possible the NHL will have to extend the Capitals’ regular season beyond April  9.

Let’s start with the Ducks, who are in Detroit tonight to face the Red Wings at 7 p.m. Following their game against the Red Wings the Ducks have two days available on Sunday and Monday before visiting Boston on Tuesday night.

The Wizards are at Verizon Center on Monday night against the Boston Celtics, so the only way the Caps and Ducks could play on Monday is to face off in the afternoon, but that appears unlikely at this point. (By the way, the Caps will not practice on Saturday orSunday and are planning a practice at Kettler on Monday).

Looking beyond the NHL All-Star break, which begins on Thursday, the Ducks return East on Feb. 7, but they have four games in six days on that trip with stops in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Columbus and Chicago. CBA bylaws prevent teams from playing more than four games in a six-day span, so there are no available dates during that trip.

The Ducks are back East again on March 19, but play every other night that week as well with Canadian stops in Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa.

If the NHL can’t coordinate a Caps-Ducks game during the regular season, as a last resort it could tack on a game at the end of the regular season schedule, perhaps an April 11 date at Verizon Center, when the Wizards are in Brooklyn.

You would think rescheduling Sunday’s game between the Caps and Penguins would be a little easier because of travel. Think again.

The Pens are home against the Devils on Tuesday, so that’s out of the question. There are no other dates in the regular season in which the Verizon Center is available , both teams have open dates, and a CBA violation does not occur in terms of playing more than four games in a six-day span.

So, we could see the Caps extending their regular season beyond April 9, which theoretically could delay the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

MORE CAPITALS: Sunday's Capitals-Penguins game postponed due to winter storm

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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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