At long last, the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs are finally upon us. After another successful regular season, the Capitals will begin their quest for the Cup Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
With players like Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie, there's no question the Capitals have the edge in terms of star talent. But the Blue Jackets boast a few starts of their own such as Artemi Panarin and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Washington will turn to goalie Philipp Grubauer in Game 1.
This series also pits the Capitals against a familiar face behind the bench. This will mark the sixth playoff series in which Washington has faced John Tortorella. He has beaten the Caps in three of the previous five series, once with Tampa Bay and twice with the New York Rangers.
What: Washington Capitals vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Round 1, Game 1
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: 7:30 p.m. ET
How to Watch: Capitals-Blue Jackets, Game 1 will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can watch Capitals-Blue Jackets, Game 1 on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.
WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS GAME?
The Capitals take on the Blue Jackets in Game 1 on Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET in Washington.
WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS GAME ON?
Capitals-Blue Jackets, Game 1 will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:30 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 7:00 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:30 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:30 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)
6:30 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
7:00 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:30 p.m. — Capitals vs. Blue Jackets
10:00 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:30 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:30 p.m. — Caps in 30
WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS GAME?
Capitals-Blue Jackets, Game 1, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.
WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS GAME?
Here are the Caps' projected lines:
Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson
Andre Burakovsky - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana - Lars Eller - Devante Smith-Pelly
Brett Connolly - Chandler Stephenson - Alex Chiasson
Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Jakub Jerabek
Philipp Grubauer starts with Braden Holtby as backup.
Scratches: Jay Beagle (upper body), Travis Boyd (sick), Shane Gerisch, Brian Pinho, Madison Bowey, Christian Djoos
CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS OPEN THREAD
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