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NHL Playoffs 2019: How to watch Capitals at Hurricanes Game 5 live stream, channel, time, date

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NHL Playoffs 2019: How to watch Capitals at Hurricanes Game 5 live stream, channel, time, date

This past week in Raleigh hasn't been kind to the Washington Capitals. After coming into Game 3 with a 2-0 series lead, they now see the series tied after two straight losses to the Carolina Hurricanes on the road.

Now, the Capitals will return to home ice for Game 5, hoping that the circumstances and having won four previous Game 5's will help propel them to a victory that will put them one win away from the second round.

Still, they'll have to make do without T.J. Oshie, who was injured by a hit from Warren Foegele at the end of Game 4 and could be out for a while. To make up for it, Washington will look to last year's playoff hero in Devante Smith-Pelly, who hasn't played in the NHL since being assigned to Hershey in February.

Here's everything you need to know before Saturday's crucial matchup, which kicks off at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 5 How to Watch:

What: 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Eastern Conference First Round. Game 5: Washington Capitals vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.
TV Channel: NBC (Channel Finder)
How To WatchStream pregame and postgame coverage Game 5 of Capitals vs. Hurricanes on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app or tune into NBC Sports Washington.
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan FM)

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Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 5 TV Schedule:

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NBC Sports Washington TV Schedule:

6:30 PM: Caps Faceoff Live
7:00 PM: Caps Pregame Live
8:00 PM: Capitals vs. Hurricanes (NBC)
10:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live
11:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live

Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 5 Injury Report:

Capitals: Michal Kempny (torn hamstring, out for season), T.J. Oshie (upper-body, out)

Hurricanes: Andrei Svechnikov (concussion protocol, out), Micheal Ferland (upper-body, out), Jordan Martinook (lower-body, out)

Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 5 Players to watch: 

Devante Smith-Pelly, F, Capitals (0 G, 0 A, 0 P)

Following the injury to Oshie, the Capitals had to fill in on the wing, and decided to call-up last year's playoff hero in Smith-Pelly. En route to the Cup last year, the 26-year-old had seven goals, which included goals in three straight against the Vegas Golden Knights in the Cup Final. He also scored the Game 5 game-tying goal that ultimately helped Washington later clinch the championship.

He had just eight points in 54 games with the Capitals this season and was said to not be at the level he was last year, so he was waived and sent to Hershey near the deadline. In 20 games with the Bears, he had six goals and 13 points, as well as one hat-trick. Look for him to make an impact as he makes his highly-anticipated return to the lineup. 

Warren Foegele, F, Hurricanes (3 G, 2 A, 5 P)

After his dangerous play on Oshie, Foegele won't be facing a suspension or repercussion from the league, which is rather lucky for Carolina. He's been outstanding for the Hurrianes so far this series with goals in two straight games, including a two-goal performance in Game 3. He's had a long road to the NHL and has worked hard to make it into the 'Canes top-6.

He should be dangerous in a crucial Game 5, but will surely be public enemy number one.

Capitals at Hurricanes Series History:

Number of all-time meetings: 176

All-time series record: Capitals lead 98-64-14

Last Meeting: Hurricanes win 2-1 (4/18/19)

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Capitals hint at their plans for Shane Gersich next season with new contract

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Capitals hint at their plans for Shane Gersich next season with new contract

Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan began tackling the items on his very long to-do list with the signing of prospect forward Shane Gersich. The team announced Monday that Gersich was re-signed to a one-year, two-way contract that carries a cap hit of $700,000.

Gersich will remain a restricted free agent at the end of the deal but will still be one year away from becoming arbitration eligible.

Gersich, who will turn 23 in July, just finished his first full professional season with the Hershey Bears, recording eight goals and 16 assists in 66 games.

“I learned a ton,” Gersich told NBC Sports Washington about his first AHL season. “I think our staff here is unbelievable. They've taught me so much, whether it's [showing] me video or doing skills or whatever. Can't say enough good things about them. And just my overall game, playing 200 feet and being aware of little details in the game. I think my game's grown a ton.”

Gersich’s original contract was for two seasons, but the first year was burned at the end of the 2017-18 season when he signed out of college at the end of the season and joined the Caps’ roster.

That transition from Stanley Cup champion to AHL the following season was a tough one for Gersich initially.

“Obviously, you were making your NHL debut and stuff like that, then it's kind of back to work and square one,” Gersich said. “For me, I know [I'm] definitely not the kid that's going to shy away from working or anything like that. So obviously, you've got to earn everything you get, and then that's how it is at every level.”

The speedy forward played in five games for Washington, three in the regular season and two in the playoffs during the Stanley Cup run. His speed was evident and has led many fans to wonder if the future is now for the young forward. His first year in Hershey showed, however, he still has a lot to learn before he reaches the NHL.

Gersich is still very much learning the game at the professional level. There was a little too much reaction in his game as opposed to action, which mitigated his speed. That is something he knows he needs to refine.

“I think just always being aware out there,” he said when talking about aspects of his game he wants to improve on. “Keeping my head on a swivel and making little plays. Just using my strengths too, I think. I've got to realize that I can use my speed out there a lot.”

The Caps will have a few roster spots open next season and not much money under the cap to fill those spots. Using young prospects is always an intriguing option. Gersich’s new contract, however, seems to indicate the Caps anticipate him spending the season in the AHL.

Gersich’s new contract carries an NHL salary of $700,000, which is actually lower than his first contract with a $925,000 salary. His minor-league salary, however, went up from $70,000 to $115,000. It may look like Gerisch is getting a pay cut based on the NHL numbers, but he actually is getting a raise because, barring a dazzling training camp, he will be spending most if not all of next season in Hershey. And if he does surprise, well now he has a lower NHL cap hit which is very important for a Washington team that will likely be very close to the salary cap.

While the implications of the contract seem clear, Gersich is excited for the opportunity to show he belongs in the NHL at training camp in the fall.

“Obviously, I want to play in the NHL,” he said. “It's been my goal my whole life, and that's the reason I left North Dakota. I think I'm ready for it, but you've got to wait and see until the time comes.”

The Caps also announced Monday the re-signing of forward Brian Pinho to a one-year, two-way contract. His contract carries a $700,000 NHL salary and a $100,000 AHL salary.

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In an offseason full of questions, Jonas Siegenthaler isn’t one of them

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In an offseason full of questions, Jonas Siegenthaler isn’t one of them

The Capitals will have a lot of roster spots open and not much money to fill them with this offseason. Adding a young, cheap defensive prospect to the NHL roster will certainly help and that appears to be the plan for Jonas Siegenthaler.

Siegenthaler’s first NHL season began with him in the AHL, but it finished with him playing on the top defensive pairing of the defending Stanley Cup champions in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The season did not get off to a great start for Siegenthaler as he became a cap casualty despite a strong training camp. Heading into the start of the NHL season, he looked poised to make the Caps roster.

“I came to camp here with the mindset to make the team and come to camp in good shape and everything,” Siegenthaler said at the team’s breakdown day.

The suspension to Tom Wilson and subsequent acquisition of Dmitrij Jaskin off waivers forced Washington to shuffle money to get under the salary cap. Siegenthaler, who was waiver exempt, was sent to the Hershey Bears as a result.

Siegenthaler would have to wait until Nov. 9 to finally make his NHL debut. He would go on to play 26 games his rookie season.

“I think a guy like Siegenthaler came up and played really well,” Lars Eller said.

““I tried to play my best game,” Siegenthaler said. “Of course it wasn’t always easy but I think like I did my best and tried to help the team.”

With a deep blue line, Siegenthaler was sent back to Hershey in February, but was recalled late in the season after Michal Kempny suffered a season-ending injury. The call-up, however, was just to have an extra body. As Todd Reirden experimented with the defensive pairs heading into the playoffs, it did not appear he viewed the rookie defenseman as a real option for the playoffs. Despite all the shuffling, Siegenthaler did not get into the lineup until the season finale after Washington had already wrapped up the division crown.

The Caps struggled in the first round against the Carolina Hurricanes, however, prompting changes to the lineup. The defense still struggled with the constant in-game adjustments and a change was clearly needed. Siegenthaler got into the lineup for Game 4. By Game 5, he was playing in Kempny’s spot on the top pair alongside John Carlson.

“He really just seemed very poised,” Eller said. “There wasn't any panic in his game. It's hard to be thrown into a series like that where the stakes are high and I thought he did that really well.”

Still just 22 years old and with a contract that remains waiver exempt for another year, Siegenthaler could enter the 2019-20 season in a position to again have to compete just to make the NHL roster. The possible retirement of Brooks Orpik and speculation over whether Matt Niskanen could be traded, however, leaves the team with spots open on the blue line.

The fact that Siegenthaler was able to go from the AHL to the top pair of the Caps during the playoffs reflects his growth as a player over the course of the year. To expect him to come into next season in a top-pair role would be unfair. Even a top-four role seems unlikely with Kempny likely returning and Nick Jensen taking Niskanen’s spot if he does in fact get traded.

But if the coaches trusted Siegenthaler as a rookie when it mattered most and with him still on an entry-level deal at a time when the team will need to pinch every penny, Siegenthaler will almost certainly be in Washington and not in Hershey for the 2019-20 campaign.

“Next season’s going to be huge,” he said. “I’ll do my best in the summer to keep myself in shape, in even better shape. My goal is to be here a long time and for rest of my career and yeah, just got to work for it.”

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