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Game 62: Capitals vs. Sabres Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 62: Capitals vs. Sabres Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Sabres will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Sabres game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

The Capitals (34-20-7) take on the Sabres (18-32-11) Saturday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Capital One Arena.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME ON?

The Capitals-Sabres game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Sabres
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:00 p.m. — Caps in 30

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Sabres game:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Brett Connolly - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Chandler Stephenson - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Devante Smith-Pelly - Jay Beagle - Alex Chiasson

Defensemen
Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Michal Kempny

Philipp Grubauer starts with Braden Holtby as backup

Scratches: Alex Chiasson, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

The Capitals-Panthers game, 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.

CAPITALS-SABRES OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.

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Columbus goes all-in on a playoff run, acquires Matt Duchene in first major trade of the deadline

Columbus goes all-in on a playoff run, acquires Matt Duchene in first major trade of the deadline

The Columbus Blue Jackets had a tough choice to make at the NHL trade deadline. It appears they made that decision Friday with a big-time trade for forward Matt Duchene.

Columbus acquired Duchene and prospect Julius Bergman from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for prospects Vitaly Abramov and Jonathan Davidsson, a lotter-protected first round pick in 2019 and a conditional first-round pick in 2020. If Columbus does not get a top-three draft pick and if Duchene re-signs with the Blue Jackets, this deal will end up netting Ottawa two first round picks.



To add to the drama, Duchene is expected to be in the lineup for the Blue Jackets on Friday when they play…the Senators.



With Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky both on the last year of their contracts and unlikely to re-sign, the Blue Jackets faced a decision over whether they should keep their top two players and go all-in for a Stanley Cup run, or if they should trade them to collect what they can and not risk losing them for nothing in the offseason.

Clearly, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen has chosen to do the former.

Duchene has 27 goals and 58 points this season and looks well on his way to a career year. He is a top forward and his addition gives Columbus a formidable offense. This most likely shuts the door on any possible Panarin/Bobrovsky trade. They simply paid too steep a price to get Duchene just to turn around and trade away two of its top players.

But does it make sense for a team that has never won a playoff series in franchise history to risk losing two superstar players for nothing just for one more run? Run at what? Can a team really go from zero playoff success to a Cup contender with one trade?

That seems doubtful, but the Blue Jackets did themselves no favors by sitting on their hands in the offseason after it became clear both Panarin and Bobrovsky were likely on their way out. Now in the thick of the playoff race, Columbus was unwilling to throw in the towel, but also unlikely to go very far in the postseason without doing something.

The Blue Jackets currently sit one point out of a wild card spot with 69 points. The Metropolitan Division standings, however, are very crowded and Columbus has two games in hand over the Carolina Hurricanes (70 Points), Pittsburgh Penguins (71 points) and the Capitals (75 points).

At the very least, the Blue Jackets are going to make some noise in the division standings and look poised to make a real push at a top-three spot. That could very well mean a Caps-Blue Jackets rematch in the postseason.

But at what cost? The worst-case scenario is that they could miss the playoffs or lose in the first round yet again and then lose Panarin, Bobrovsky, Duchene and be left without a first round pick in the draft. The best-case scenario obviously is going all the way to win the Cup, but even with the acquisition of Duchene, how likely a scenario is that really with a team that has never won a series, a goalie under chronically underperforms in the playoffs and a team that could quite possibly end up playing a juggernaut Tampa Bay Lightning team in the first round?

Realistically, the acquisition of Duchene will be enough to get Columbus into the playoffs and it may be enough to even get them their first series win. Looking back on the trade, however, will one series win be enough to justify the huge step back this team is now poised to make in the offseason? That seems unlikely.

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6 things to know about newest Capital Carl Hagelin

6 things to know about newest Capital Carl Hagelin

Brian MacLellan made Carl Hagelin the newest Capital on Thursday in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings.

Most Caps fans know Hagelin as a speedy player who they absolutely hated when he was with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but there’s more to him than just his black and gold past.

Here are six interesting facts you may not know about Hagelin.

Hagelin played four years under Red Berenson at the University of Michigan

There are many amateur routes to the NHL, but few European players end up playing in the NCAA. Hagelin, however, played four years for the University of Michigan becoming the first Swedish player to play for the Wolverines.

While there, he was coached by former NHL great Red Berenson. In his 17-year NHL career, Berenson played for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings and was the captain in St. Louis and Detroit. Berenson’s coaching career began in the NHL where he won the Jack Adams Award as the coach of the year in 1981, but he returned to his alma mater Michigan in 1984 as the head coach. He coached the Wolverines for 33 seasons including all four of Hagelin’s years there.

Hagelin played for Michigan from 2007 through 2011 and was the captain in his senior year. In his final year he helped lead the Wolverines all the way to the National Championship game, but Michigan fell just short in a 3-2 loss to Minnesota-Duluth.

The Caps are Hagelin’s fifth NHL team and this is his fourth trade

Hagelin was drafted in 2007 by the New York Rangers before going to college in Ann Arbor. After four strong seasons, Hagelin was set to become a restricted free agent, but was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in 2015 and signed a four-year deal. After 43 tough games with the Ducks, he was traded back to the East coast to the Pittsburgh Penguins in January 2016. He helped the Penguins win two Stanley Cups, but was traded to the Kings in November 2018. On the last year of his deal and playing on a struggling team, it was widely expected that Hagelin would likely be on the move again before the end of the season and on Thursday, that proved to be correct.

On Saturday, Hagelin will suit up for the fifth team of his NHL career when he plays for the Caps.

Hagelin made his NHL debut against the Caps

Washington fans developed a healthy dislike for Hagelin over the years because he always seemed to have big milestones against Washington.

After his college career ended, Hagelin signed a professional contract with the Rangers. He started the 2011-12 season in the AHL, but made his NHL debut on Nov. 25 against…the Capitals. He recorded his first NHL point in that game, an assist to Brian Boyle on what would prove to be the game-winning goal.

In an ironic twist, Hagelin’s last game with the Kings also came against Washington when the Caps visited Los Angeles on Monday.

Hagelin has a lot of playoff experience against Washington

Hagelin has played in 121 career playoff games and there is no team he has played more than the Capitals. Washington has faced Hagelin in 35 playoff games where he scored 15 points including one game-winning goal. In his entire playoff career, Hagelin recorded seven multi-point performances. Four of them came against the Caps.

The Penguins are paying for Hagelin to play for Washington

Given the pettiness of rivalries, Caps fans will enjoy knowing that while he is playing for Washington, Pittsburgh is paying part of his paycheck.

In the original trade that sent Hagelin to Los Angeles, the Penguins retained 6.25-percent of his salary as part of the deal. The Kings also retained 50-percent of his remaining salary in the trade with Washington so the Caps are only paying for about 47-percent of his salary.

The Caps will play Pittsburgh one more time in the regular season and could meet once again in the postseason. For every point Hagelin scores against them, Washington fans can take great pleasure knowing the Penguins paid for it, at least a little bit.

The Penguins saw him as more than just a depth player

Hagelin may have played a bottom-six role in Pittsburgh, but he was considered vitally important to the Penguins’ consecutive Cup runs in 2016 and 2017. Hagelin was the “H” in the infamous HBK line that gave Washington fits in the 2016 playoff series. He also scored the empty-netter in Game 6 against the Nashville Predators to seal the Cup.

When Hagelin was traded to Los Angeles in November, you could tell he was more than just a third-line player in that locker room.

The Caps know they are getting a very fast forward who can contribute on the penalty kill. The unknown when it comes to deadline moves is what kind of a locker room person a player is and how he will mesh with his new teammates. Given what his Pittsburgh teammates thought about him, that likely will not be an issue for Hagelin. If he can also prove as important to the Caps as he proved to be to the Penguins’ playoff runs, this is going to be an absolute steal of a trade for Washington.

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