It's been a long-time coming, but the Washington Capitals are finally through to the Eastern Conference Finals where they will meet the Tampa Bay Lightning.
After an emotional win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington now must put that behind them and prepare for a new challenge. It certainly will not be easy. Tampa finished in first place in the Eastern Conference and boast a superstar at every position. What's more, the Caps are dealing with some injury concerns as both Nicklas Backstrom and Andre Burakovsky are considered day-to-day.
The good news is the team will have Tom Wilson back from his suspension and plenty of rookies to call upon who have already had a major impact on the team's postseason run.
What: Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Game 1, 2018 Eastern Conference Final
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla.
When: 8:00 p.m. ET
How to Watch: Capitals-Lightning, Game 1 will be broadcast on NBCSN
Live Stream: You can watch Capitals-Lightning Game 1 on NBC Sports' live stream page.
WHEN IS GAME 1 OF THE CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING PLAYOFF SERIES?
Game 1 of the Capitals vs. Lightning 2018 NHL Playoff series takes place on Friday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. in Tampa.
WHAT CHANNEL IS GAME 1 OF CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING ON?
The TV broadcast of Game 1 between the Capitals and Lightning is on NBCSN. Capitals pre- and postgame coverage takes place on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)
7:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
7:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
8:00 p.m. — Capitals at Lightning Game 1 on NBCSN
10:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
11:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
WHERE CAN I STREAM GAME 1 OF THE CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING SERIES?
Game 1 between the Capitals and Lightning is available to stream online on Friday, May 11 live here through the NBC Sports live stream page.
WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR GAME 1 OF CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING?
Capitals projected lines:
Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Lars Eller - T.J. Oshie
Andre Burakovsky - Chandler Stephenson - Brett Connolly
Devante Smith-Pelly - Jay Beagle - Alex Chiasson
Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Christian Djoos
Braden Holtby with Philipp Grubauer as backup.
Lightning projected lines:
J.T. Miller - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Pala - Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Yanni Gourde
Chris Kunitz - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan
Victor Hedman - Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh - Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev
Andrei Vasilevskiy starts with Louis Domingue as backup.
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