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Capitals Prospect Report: McMichael wins gold, Has is coming to North America

Capitals Prospect Report: McMichael wins gold, Has is coming to North America

Connor McMichael is a gold medalist. Team Canada won the World Junior Championship on Sunday with a 4-3 victory over Russia. Russia had defeated Canada 6-0 during the round-robin stage of the tournament, but McMichael and Co. won in the rematch to claim gold.

Canada trailed 3-1, but McMichael was a big part of the turnaround, scoring to pull Canada to within one.

The goal was McMichael's fifth of the tournament and helped spark the comeback win. He finished the tournament tied for fourth in goals.

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Other prospect notes

  • Want to hear more about McMichael? TSN analyst Craig Button joined Rob Carlin on the Capitals Talk podcast to give his thoughts on the future Cap and he had some high praise for him.
  • It is no surprise to hear Button praise McMichael on the podcast. After all, McMichael came in 19th in Button's rankings of NHL-affiliated prospects. Also making the list? Alex Alexeyev at No. 37.
  • Defenseman Martin Hugo Has is coming to North America. He will play for the North Bay Battalion in the OHL. General manager of the Battalion, Adam Dennis, told reporters, "Hugo has decided to come to North America for further development and develop his career for a chance to have an NHL career so we are happy to help with that process." Has was playing in Finland prior to the move. He also played for the Czech Republic in the World Junor Championship, recording one goal and two assists in five games.
  • Joe Snively is out week-to-week after getting boarded by Bridgeport Sound defenseman Kyle Burroughs. Burroughs received a two-game suspension for the hit. Snively was enjoying quite the turnaround after a slow start to the season. He has nine goals and seven assists in 34 games.
  • Vitek Vanecek has won eight of his last 10 starts and has allowed two goals or fewer in nine of those games. He ranks seventh in the AHL in GAA with 2.30 and 19th with a .911 save percentage.
  • Mike Sgarbossa has been named to the Atlantic Division's AHL All-Star roster.  He leads the Bears in points with 35 which is also tied for fifth in the league.
  • The season did not get off to the start either Riley Sutter or Kody Clark would have wanted as they both had to sit out with injuries. But since both were injured during the prospects showcase in Nashville, both were able to keep each other's spirits up as they worked their way back onto the ice. Check out the story here.
  • Philippe Maillet has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last four games for Hershey.

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Capitals at Wild: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Capitals at Wild: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Capitals head to the midwest Sunday to take on the Minnesota Wild. The Caps' offense struggled against the Jets on Thursday, but as new players continue to gel and with the celebration of Alex Ovechkin’s 700th goal behind them, all eyes will be on the Caps to see what they do next. 

Here is everything you need to know about the matchup, which takes place at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington.

CAPITALS VS. WILD GAME 65: HOW TO WATCH 

WHAT: Washington Capitals vs. Minnesota Wild

Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota

When: Sunday, March 1, 7:00 E.T. 

TV Channel: The Capitals at Wild game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Wild on NBC Sports Washington's Live stream page and on the NBC Sports App

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

CAPITALS at WILD: INJURY REPORT

Wild: Luke Kunin: Upper-body

Wild: Carson Soucy: Upper-body

CAPITALS vs. WILD TV SCHEDULE 

7:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live

7:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

8:00 PM: Capitals vs. Jets (LIVE)

10:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live 

11:00 PM: Chasing Greatness

11:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live

CAPITALS at WILD: PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alex Ovechkin, F, Capitals (43-17-60): Fresh off the celebration of his 700th goal, everyone will be looking to Ovi to keep the energy going. 

Jared Spurgeon, D, Wild, (10-18-28): Since Jan. 18, Spurgeon has scored eight goals, the most among NHL defensemen. The Caps need to keep an eye on him, both the defense and offense. 

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New Capital Brenden Dillon doesn't miss a beat during pregame handshakes

New Capital Brenden Dillon doesn't miss a beat during pregame handshakes

Prior to Thursday night's game against the Jets, the Capitals got ready by partaking in a pregame ritual of handshakes, and it seems new Capitals defenseman Brenden Dillon already has it down.

The Capitals are already known for having an impressive number of pregame handshakes, but with the addition of Dillion at the trade deadline, it seems things have become even more complicated. 

In the video of a hallway at Winnipeg's stadium, Dillon is seen fist-bumping a few of his teammates, fixing his hair with Carl Hagelin, giving a little more intricate handshake to Tom Wilson and tapping sticks with Alex Ovechkin. 

While all of this is going on, more players in the back of the video start doing their own handshakes. Glad to see Dillon fitting in so well with his new teammates.

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