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Capitals vs. Islanders: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Capitals vs. Islanders: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Washington Capitals (13-7-3) are back on top of the Metropolitan Division, thanks to a five game winning streak that has brought their season point total to 29. The Islanders (12-8-2) aren't too far behind, with 26 points to put them in a tie for third in the division. The Caps just faced the Rangers, and they will stay in the Empire State to pay a visit to the Islanders.

Both teams enter Monday's game hot, as the Islanders have won four of their last six contests, including two in a row. The Caps, as mentioned above, have won five in a row, and are playing their best hockey of the young season. Washington has outscored their opponents 20-12 during the course of their winning streak, and 26-17 as they've won six of their past seven.

The Caps have been particularly effective on the road, as they've won four of their last five games away from home and hold a 6-4-1 road record on the season.

The Islanders have played the Caps close in recent years. Washington holds a 5-4-1 advantage over New York in its last 10 games.

Here's how to watch.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS vs. NEW YORK ISLANDERS: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders, Game 24 of the 2018-19 NHL Regular Season

Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

When: Monday, November 26, 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals vs. Islanders will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals take on the Islanders on the new MyTeams by NBC Sports App.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7, 106.7 The Fan

CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS TV SCHEDULE

6:00 PM: Caps FaceOff Live
6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live
7:00 PM: Capitals vs. Islanders (LIVE)
9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live 
10:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live
10:30 PM: DC Sports Live  

CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS INJURY REPORT

Capitals: T.J. Oshie (RW): Upper body, TBD; Brooks Orpik (D): Lower body, LTIR; Evgeny Kuznetsov (C): Upper body, TBD

Islanders: Matt Martin (LW): Upper body, TBD; Casey Cizikas (C): Lower body, TBD

CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals: Realistically, Ovechkin could be our Player To Watch every single game. He's been especially hot in recent games, with five goals and two assists over the course of the last five games, all Caps wins.

Josh Bailey, LW, Islanders: Bailey doesn't lead the Islanders in either goals or assists (he's second in assists and tied for second in goals), but he does lead the team in overall points thanks to his well-roundedness. The 10-year veteran recorded a goal and an assist against the Hurricanes on Saturday, snapping a mini-slump in which Bailey had recorded just one point over the previous four games combined.

CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS SERIES HISTORY

Number of all-time Meetings: 214

All-time record: Capitals lead the series 107-88-6, with 13 ties.

Last Meeting: Capitals won 7-3 and 6-3 over the Islanders on back-to-back nights on March 15 and 16 during the 2017-18 NHL regular season. Six different Caps scored in the second game to complete the sweep.

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How Kuznetsov's suspension helps the Caps' salary cap situation

How Kuznetsov's suspension helps the Caps' salary cap situation

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The suspension to Evgeny Kuznetsov means the Capitals will begin their brutal October schedule without one of their top centers for the first three games. There is a silver lining, however, in terms of the salary cap. Generally when a player is suspended, his cap hit continues to count against the team even though he is not playing. According to a team official, however, because the suspension is not a Department of Player Safety issue, his cap hit will not count during this suspension giving Washington a massive $7.8 million worth of cap room to work with for the first few days of the season.

For a team facing some serious cap issues heading into the season, that is a huge break.

Initially, it appeared a Capitals team that was already over the cap would have to find a way to shed enough salary to afford another player to replace Kuznetsov or go the first three games without an extra forward at all. Instead, the extra cap room essentially gives Washington another week to make the tough roster decisions it will ultimately need to make to get under the cap.

“This is something we have to deal with and react accordingly as a team and putting the best players on the ice in the best spots,” head coach Todd Reirden said Saturday. “We’ll start to get a look at some different combinations.”

It is important to note that the Caps will not be banking cap space. This will work in much the same way as long-term injured reserve. Kuznetsov will not count against the cap for the first three games, but Washington will not be recouping the cap space it will not be using in his absence.

Eventually the Caps will have to pick a fourth line and move Chandler Stephenson, Travis Boyd or Brendan Leipsic to Hershey. Djoos’ $1.25 million salary will force someone on defense to get traded or waived. Now, however, those decisions can be made based on actual regular-season games against NHL competition rather than based on training camp projections and preseason games.

This also could be an opportunity for Washington to get younger players into a game they otherwise would not have been able to afford.

“There’s going to be some opportunity potentially for some different guys,” Reirden said. “They should take advantage of an opportunity here that is going to be in front of them.”

The team has raved about Martin Fehervary since returning to camp, does he get one of the first three games? Does the team bring in a prospect forward to play center with Kuznetsov out? Getting Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek playing time this season is a goal for the team as well. This could give general manager Brian MacLellan an opportunity to get one of them a game without having to place Pheonix Copley on waivers to free up space.

One of the biggest storylines of the Caps’ training camp was the salary cap and how the team intended to get under the ceiling by Oct. 1. The Kuznetsov suspension is not good news for the team, but it does give MacLellan an extra week to make the really tough decisions.

“There’s a lot of things that can possibly happen,” MacLellan said on Thursday during media day. “We’re going to try to play it out until the end. If something makes sense in the meantime, I think we’d pursue it.”

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NHL to suspend Caps center Kuznetsov for start of regular season

NHL to suspend Caps center Kuznetsov for start of regular season

The NHL will suspend Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov for three games for conduct detrimental to the league, according to a press release from the NHL. He is not expected to appeal. 

Kuznetsov, 27, tested positive for cocaine at the World Championships in May playing for Russia and was suspended four years by the International Ice Hockey Federation. 

That normally would not affect his NHL contract. Under the CBA, “drugs of abuse” like cocaine don’t require a suspension. Instead, the league steers players toward treatment. 

Kuznetsov agreed to take advantage of the NHL Players Association’s treatment programs and extra testing. He also arrived in Washington much earlier than normal for European players in August to take part in informal workouts.  

But Kuznetsov misled the NHL and the Capitals during an investigation of a video that surfaced on May 27 showing him in a Las Vegas hotel room with a white powdery substance on a table directly in front of him. Kuznetsov insisted he’d never used cocaine, which wasn’t true giving the timing of the failed drug test at Worlds. 

The failed IIHF drug test proved that false. Kuznetsov’s positive test came from a sample taken on May 26 the day Russia played the Czech Republic for the bronze medal at Worlds in Slovakia. That was the day before the video appeared on social media. 

“We’ve had discussions after, and I think for the most part, he’s been truthful,” Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said at media day on Thursday. “I think we want to get him in a spot where he’s going to make a different choice next time.”

Kuznetsov’s salary-cap hit is $7.8 million per season, but this year his base salary and bonuses amount to $8.4 million. He is expected to forfeit some salary for the suspension and his hit will still count against Washington for the time he is out. 

On May 31 the NHL released a statement by deputy commissioner Bill Daly saying the league had reviewed the video, interviewed Kuznetsov and cleared him. 

"While we certainly do not condone or endorse some of the decisions he made on the night in question, Mr. Kuznetsov's account of the events that transpired aligns with other information we have been able to gather, and we have found no basis to question his representations with respect to what did -- and what did not -- occur," Daly said. 

 The Capitals also met with Kuznetsov to hear his side of the story and released a statement attributed to him that same day. 

"While I have never taken illegal drugs in my life and career, I would like to publicly apologize to the Capitals, my teammates, our fans and everyone else, for putting myself in a bad situation," Kuznetsov said. "This was a hard lesson for me to learn."

Kuznetsov was provisionally suspended by the IIHF just two weeks later on June 13 after the failed test. That was upheld and made public on Aug. 23. That led to an in-person interview with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman this week and the subsequent suspension. 

The Capitals expressed both disappointment and support for Kuznetsov. MacLellan was asked if cocaine use affected Kuznetsov’s play during an up-and-down season where he still finished with 72 points. 

“I mean, that’s hard to say. You’d have to ask him that,” MacLellan said. “There’s no indication that those are correlated. It could’ve had an effect, or other stuff could’ve had an effect.”

No teammate said Thursday that Kuznetsov had to address the group about his cocaine use and the consequences. He is banned from international competition until June of 2023, which means Kuznetsov will miss the 2020 Winter Olympics in Beijing if NHL players are allowed to participate. 

“That’s ultimately up to him. Our job right now is we support him,” goalie Braden Holtby said. “There’s always consequences to actions. But main thing that we want to be there for (him) as teammates is to help him come through stronger, whether it’s off the ice, on the ice, to support him to make himself and make our team stronger.”

Kuznetsov will miss games against the defending champion St. Louis Blues on Oct. 2, the New York Islanders on Oct. 4 and the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 5.

“It’s very unfortunate what happened,” Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said. “But at the same time for us as friends, I think it’s really important we support him no matter what and we’re going to fight this together as a family here.”

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