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Capitals can expect yet another physical battle in Manhattan on Sunday against the Rangers

Capitals can expect yet another physical battle in Manhattan on Sunday against the Rangers

The Capitals and New York Rangers have played a lot of meaningful games in the past. With Washington hoping to repeat as Cup champs and the Rangers in the midst of a rebuild, however, these two teams are headed in different directions. In the wake of Friday’s game against the first place New York Islanders, Sunday’s game may seem like it doesn’t mean much by comparison, but don’t tell the players that.

The Caps and Rangers met one week ago on Sunday in Washington in what was a very physical, contentious affair. It sure didn’t look like a meaningless game between a contender and a team ready to sell of its top players at the deadline, it looked like two rivals duking it out because they desperately did not want to lose.

It didn’t take long for things to get physical.

It wasn’t just Tom Wilson eiter. Everyone was getting into the mix over the course of the game.

The Caps finally emerged from the fisticuffs with the 6-5 overtime win which should only add fuel to the rivalry fire on Sunday. This time it will be the Caps on the road to face the Rangers (12:30 p.m., NBC).

Buckle up. It’s going to be a rough game.

Game notes

This isn’t Ottawa

Like the Ottawa Senators, the Rangers were major sellers at the trade deadline, but don’t take that to mean the Caps will blow through New York as easily as they handled the Senators on Tuesday.

The Rangers traded Kevin Hayes and Adam McQuiad on Monday, one day after New York fell in Washington. Neither of those players played in Sunday’s game. The Rangers elected to sit both players to protect them as trade assets. The Caps are not going to play a bare bones roster, they are going to play largely the same roster that scored five goals against them and forced overtime.

They’re due

Fifteen of the Caps’ 18 skaters on Sunday recorded points. Newcomers Carl Hagelin and Nick Jensen were two of the only three players held without a point. In fact, neither player has been able to hit the scoresheet yet for Washington.

That’s not to say either player is not playing well, they are. The fourth line has looked dominant since Hagelin was added and Jensen looks to be as good as advertised in terms of skating and breakout passes on the blue line. If Sunday is another big day for the Caps’ offense, one of them is due to get their first point for Washington.

Standings watch

With their win Friday, the Caps pulled even with the New York Islanders for first place in the Metropolitan Division with 81 points. The Islanders technically remain in first place as they have a game in hand. Both team are back in action on Sunday. New York will host the Philadelphia Flyers at 3 p.m. If the Caps beat the Rangers, they will at the very least remain tied for first. A Caps win and an Islanders loss would see Washington take sole possession of first place for the first time since Jan. 15.


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What is Ovechkin watching during coronavirus hiatus? Reveals 'Deal or No Deal' is go-to show

What is Ovechkin watching during coronavirus hiatus? Reveals 'Deal or No Deal' is go-to show

With the spread of the coronavirus, people have been encouraged to stay at home and practice social distancing. For many, that means watching a lot of TV shows and listening to a lot of music.

Thanks to the technology of the modern age, the choices of TV shows to watch and music to listen to are practically endless, but have you ever thought about what you would watch if you could choose only one show or one album of music?

Alex Ovechkin and other NHL players were posed that very question on Thursday in a teleconference. While the other players gave standard answers like "The Morning Show" and "Tiger King," Ovechkin's answers were a bit more...unexpected.

"My TV show is 'Deal or No Deal,'" he said. He had to pause before saying what his music album would be because the other players immediately began laughing at his answer. "And album, I'll probably take Eminem. Any album he have."

Surprised? You weren't the only one.

"I did not see that coming, Ovi," Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno said, laughing. "I did not see that coming."

Considering how proud Ovechkin is of his Russian heritage and the fact that he has a Russian wife, many probably assumed he would have picked a Russian TV show.

Ovechkin went on to explain, "I'm not a big TV guy as well. I'm just watching that show in the locker room with all the boys. But again, here in this situation, we watching a Russian TV show so it's kind of hard to pronounce the name, but I just picked the TV show what we always watch in the locker room."

So the next time you watch "Deal or No Deal" and are screaming at the contestant to just take the deal and not risk opening another case, know that Ovechkin and the rest of the Caps' locker room are right there with you.

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How to watch Capitals vs. Sabres NHL 20 simulation

How to watch Capitals vs. Sabres NHL 20 simulation

Monday night was supposed to be another night of Capitals action with a game against the Buffalo Sabres. Unfortunately due to the NHL’s hold on the season in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the show can not go on as originally planned. 

However, with some minor adjustments to the presentation, there is still a way to keep things going. 

Monday night at 7 p.m. ET the Capitals will be taking the ice to play the Sabres as planned, only this time it will be virtual ice on an NHL 20 simulation. 

In partnership with Monumental Sports Network, NBC Sports Washington will be airing all Wizards and Capitals games in simulated NBA 2K20 and NHL 2K20 games. The format of these games includes watching the simulated versions of Caps games based on the existing schedule with the bonus of commentary from NBCSW’s experts. 

To make things even more fun, in between the simulation and the re-air of the simulation, there is a chance to relive a classic Caps game. So don’t forget to stick around and re-watch Dowd and the Capitals dominate the Penguins from earlier this season. 

Here's everything you need to know to watch. 

When: Monday, March 30 at 7 p.m. ET


  • NBC Sports Washington (channel finder
  • Any of our 24/7 authenticated streaming platforms
  • Monumental Sports Network via its website or via any of its available apps on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Xbox.

Broadcast schedule: 

7:00 PM: NHL 20 Simulation: Capitals @ Buffalo Sabres (P)
8:00 PM: NHL Classics: Capitals @ Pittsburgh Penguins (R) 
10:30 PM: NHL 20 Simulation: Capitals @ Buffalo Sabres (R)

Starting lineups: 

Capitals: TBD
Sabres: TBD

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