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Capitals vs. Golden Knights Game 18: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Capitals vs. Golden Knights Game 18: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

The Caps are riding a five-game winning streak, with their most recent win in a back-and-forth contest against a feisty Florida Panthers squad.

In a Saturday night smackdown, the Caps draw the Vegas Golden Knights, who they defeated in five games in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final.

Vegas dropped their most recent game in overtime to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Do they bounce back against the Caps, or does Washington stay hot? Tune in to find out.

CAPITALS-GOLDEN KNIGHTS GAME 18: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Vegas Golden Knights

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC

When: Saturday, November 9, 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Capitals-Golden Knights game will be broadcast on NBC Sports. (NBC Sports channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Golden Knights on the NBC Sports live stream page.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7

CAPITALS-GOLDEN KNIGHTS TV SCHEDULE:

6:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live

6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

7:00 PM: Capitals vs. Golden Knights (LIVE)

9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

10:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live

CAPITALS-GOLDEN KNIGHTS INJURY REPORT:

Capitals:

LW Richard Panik, upper-body injury, long term injured reserve

C Nic Dowd, lower-body injury, day-to-day

Golden Knights:

G Marc-Andre Fleury, illness, day-to-day

RW Alex Tuch, upper-body injury, week-to-week

CAPITALS-GOLDEN KNIGHTS PLAYERS TO WATCH:

John Carlson, D, Capitals (8-18-26)

Carlson may not like the Johnny Norris comments he's been getting throughout this season, but he's playing like a Norris Trophy candidate. He leads all defensemen with eight goals, is tied for first in the NHL with 18 assists, and leads all defensemen in points, tying Connor McDavid in the process. Whether he's slinging the puck to Alex Ovechkin for that patented one-timer on the power-play, or pinching in from the point and throwing a shot on net, Carlson will bug the Knights all night.

Nate Schmidt, D, Golden Knights (1-1-2)

After the Golden Knights claimed Schmidt from the Caps in the expansion draft, he rocketed to their top defensive pairing and has maintained that position ever since. Given that Brett Connolly scored on his former team, and Schmidt sees a fair amount of power-play time, it's not a bad bet to take Schmidt to have a solid game against his former team.

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4 things to know for Capitals-Lightning: A battle of top offenses

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4 things to know for Capitals-Lightning: A battle of top offenses

Coming off a big win on Wednesday against the Boston Bruins, the Capitals (23-5-5) will look to stay in the win column as they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning (16-11-3). Tune in to NBC Sports Washington for pregame coverage with Caps FaceOff Live kicking things off at 6 p.m. followed by Caps Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. bringing you up to the 7 p.m. puck drop. Be sure to stick with NBC Sports Washington after the game for all your postgame coverage with Caps Postgame Live and Caps Overtime Live.

Here’s what you need to know for Saturday’s game.

Samsonov gets the start

When you are coming off a big win over the second-best team in the NHL, it's not a surprise to see the Caps stick with the same lines at Saturday's morning skate.

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Carl Hagelin - Lars Eller - Richard Panik
Brendan Leipsic - Nic Dowd - Garnet Hathaway

Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Nick Jensen
Jonas Siegenthaler - Radko Gudas

The one surprise is that Ilya Samsonov will start for Washington against a very potent Tampa Bay offense.

One thing to note, since it is the dad's trip it is traditional for every player to get into the lineup for one of the two games. It was expected that Samsonov would start Monday in Columbus, but it looks like that will now go to Braden Holtby. You should also expect to see Travis Boyd on Monday as well.

When last we met

The Caps and Lightning last met on Nov. 29 in a thrilling game that saw Washington rally from a 3-1 deficit with two goals in the third period before winning in overtime. Ovechkin tied the game with a shot from the office on the power play and Dmitry Orlov would go on to record the overtime winner.

As a refresher, you can check out the recap from this game here.

These are two teams that know how to score

Tampa Bay is not obliterating the NHL like it was last year and people are scratching their heads wondering how a team this talented isn’t even currently sitting in a wildcard spot in the standings. One aspect of their game you can’t blame for their struggles this season is the offense as the Lightning rank second in the NHL with 3.57 goals per game. Washington sits just behind them at No. 3 with 3.55.

This year, Tampa Bay’s offense is much more spread out. Nikita Kucherov leads the team with 33 points, tied for 15th in the NHL. That’s a far cry from the 128 points he put up lace season. Behind him there are six Lightning players with over 20 points. Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman and Brayden Point should come as no surprise. The other two, however, are Alex Killorn and Kevin Shattenkirk.

The power play has also been hot for both teams. Tampa Bay is second in the NHL with a 29.6 power play percentage while the Caps are fifth at 24.0.

The Caps hold the advantage on defense

Braden Holtby and Andrei Vasilevskiy’s numbers are remarkably similar this season. Holtby has a .911 save percentage and 2.80 GAA while Vasilevskiy has managed a .910 save percentage and 2.78 GAA.

That’s pretty close until you move on to their records this season. Holtby boasts a 16-3-4 record in 24 starts this season. His 16 wins leads the NHL. Vasilevskiy, meanwhile, is 3-8-1 and that says a lot about how much better Washington is playing defensively.

The Caps defense is currently allowing 2.82 goals per game as compared to Tampa Bay’s 3.17. Likewise while there is not much that separates these two teams on the power play, Washington has the superior penalty kill. With Carl Hagelin back in the lineup, the Caps have climbed all the way to third in the NHL at 85.3-percent. The Lightning’s penalty kill is only at 79.8 percent.

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Capitals service dog Captain wins Sports Dog of the Year

Capitals service dog Captain wins Sports Dog of the Year

As if any other candidate would even come close, Captain was named Sports Dog of the Year on Friday afternoon.

The four-legged phenom has been everywhere this fall, making his presence felt all over the DMV, and his popularity has extended nationwide.

Captain doesn't take days off and is always ready to have some fun.

He was there to maintain the peace during the biggest shopping day of the year and he made sure your Cyber Monday gifts arrived on time. 

He inspires greatness and has been a driving force behind the Mystics' WNBA Title as well as the Nationals' World Series victory.

He knows when its time to put in the work as well. He's always on time for meetings, and he has never missed a practice.

He's preparing to assist a Veteran or First Responder one day, and he's already making progress.

And he's always ready to celebrate.

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