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Capitals Prospect Report: McMichael, Has prepare for Dec. 26 start of World Junior Championships

Capitals Prospect Report: McMichael, Has prepare for Dec. 26 start of World Junior Championships

The World Junior Championship begins on Dec. 26 and two Capitals prospects will be there competing. Here's who you need to be watching and a schedule of their games:

Connor McMichael, Canada

1 p.m. on Dec. 26 vs. USA
1 p.m. on Dec. 28 vs. Russia
9 a.m. on Dec. 30 vs. Germany
1 p.m. on Dec. 31 vs. Czech Republic

Martin Hugo Has, Czech Republic

9 a.m. on Dec. 26 vs. Russia
9 a.m. on Dec. 28 vs. Germany
1 p.m. on Dec. 30 vs. USA
1 p.m. on Dec. 31 vs. Canada

Other prospect notes

  • The tournament is over for Aliaksei Protas who represented Belarus in the World Junior Division I, Group A championship, a division below the main tournament.  Belarus played in the final game of the tournament, a 7-2 win over Denmark in which Protas scored two goals and two assists. Those four points put him in a tie as the highest scorer of the tournament with seven points in five games.
  • When McMichael returns to London in the OHL, he will try to continue what has thus far been a breakout season for him with 25 goals and 34 assists in 27 games. Why has he found so much success this season? Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News says it is a product of the confidence he took from Caps' training camp where he studied the team's centers and how they play. He also spoke a lot with John Carlson who is a former London Knight.
  • Prospect expert Corey Pronman of The Athletic is going over his grades from the 2016 NHL draft. In that draft, Washington selected Lucas Johansen, Garrett Pilon, Damien Riat, Beck Malenstyn, Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, Chase Priskie and Dmitriy Zaitsev. Let's just say Pronman was not overly impressed with that haul. Sure, there are players who could end up seeing NHL time from that group, but Pronman's analysis is that none of these players are definitely NHL players. In that, he is correct. Interestingly, Malenstyn and Jonsson-Fjallby, both taken in the fifth round, are likely the two closest to being NHL ready.
  • The Hershey Bears are enjoying a six-game winning streak that has them up to third place in the Atlantic Division. Over the course of those six games, Mike Sgarbossa and Christian Djoos have led the team with seven points and goalie Vitek Vanecek is 4-0-0. Special teams are contributing as well as the Bears have scored a power play goal in four straight and the PK is clicking at 91.2-percent in those six wins.
  • Catch a glimpse into the life of defenseman Martin Fehervary who is enjoying a successful rookie season in Hershey.
  • Hershey head coach Spencer Carbery has been very consistent with his goalie rotation from last season up to now. Unless there was a call-up, it was always an even split between his two starters. Last year it was Vanecek and Ilya Samsonov, this year Vanecek and Pheonix Copley. That seems to have shifted a bit of late because of the strong play of Vanecek who started both of Hershey's games on Saturday and Sunday and now has four straight. In his past four starts, Vanecek has won all four including one shutout and recorded a 1.00 GAA and a .965 save percentage. 
  • Defenseman Bobby Nardella scored his first professional goal in Sunday's game off a one-timer. After dealing with an injury and with ice time limited because of how many defensemen are currently on the Bears' roster, he has only played in seven games. He has remained productive however, with six points in those seven games. Nardella's play has helped improve Hershey's power play from last in the AHL at 8.9-percent up to 28th at 12.2-percent. Check out the goal below.

 

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T.J. Oshie meets up with Seattle Jr hockey players after game in Arizona

T.J. Oshie meets up with Seattle Jr hockey players after game in Arizona

Despite a 3-1 loss to the Coyotes as the Capitals continue their west coast swing, there was one good thing to come out of Saturday night.

Even after a disappointing game, T.J. Oshie took some time to visit with a young group of hockey players from the Seattle Jr Hockey Association, a minor hockey league located in the Pacific Northwest. The team happened to be in town as they participated in a travel tournament.

While this is already enough to make one smile, there's a deeper connection between Oshie and the SJHA that makes it even better. Oshie, who grew up in Washington, got his start in hockey playing in the same league as the kids he visited with. With them being in Phoenix, Oshie got the surprise opportunity to re-connect with his humble beginnings and make some young hockey players very happy.

The Caps performance on Saturday didn't give many reasons to feel good, but this moment provided by Oshie is something that will cheer anyone up.

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Capitals at Golden Knights: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

Capitals at Golden Knights: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

The Washington Capitals continue their road trip, heading to Vegas looking for recover from an 3-1 attack to Antti Raanta and the Arizona Coyotes Saturday night. 

While the Caps look for a win, Alex Ovechkin looks to make history, joining the 700 goal club. Ovi currently sits just two goals short at 698 goals and has not scored a goal in four straight games now but that can change in no time. 

The Caps will face Marc-Andre Fleury and the Golden Knights on Monday night at 6 p.m. Fleury earned the victory in the net for Vegas after collecting 19 saves in their shut out game over New York Islanders. The Golden Knights have won their last two games by one goal. 

Here is everything you need to know about the Monday night game, which takes place at 6:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington. 

CAPITALS at GOLDEN KNIGHTS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals at Golden Knights, Game 59 of the 2019-20 NHL Regular Season

Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV 

When: Monday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Capitals at Golden Knights game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder Link)

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals at Golden Knights on NBC Sports live stream page and on the MyTeams App.

Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio, 106.7 The Fan FM

CAPITALS at GOLDEN KNIGHTS TV SCHEDULE

5:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live

5:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

6:00 PM: Capitals at Golden Knights

7:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

9:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live

10:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live

CAPITALS at GOLDEN KNIGHTS INJURY REPORT

Capitals: Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Upper body, day-to-day

Golden Knights: Alex Tuch, RW, Leg, Week-to-week

CAPITALS at GOLDEN KNIGHTS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals (40-17-57): Sitting at 698 goals, Ovi remains on the brink of making history with 700 goals. As soon as Ovechkin reaches that mark he’ll be ranked among the greats including Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe and Jaromir Jagr.  

Braden Holtby, G, Capitals (21-12-4): Despite the Caps loss on Saturday Braden Holtby was by far the best player on the ice. Holtby stopped 28 of 30 shots during a 3-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Golden Knights (22-14-5): Fleury came in clutch earning a shutout by stopping all 19 shots that he faced in a 1-0 win against the New York Islanders on Saturday. Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his fourth shutout of the season and the 60th of his career.

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