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All-Star bound: Oshie voted to first All-Star Game

All-Star bound: Oshie voted to first All-Star Game

The NHL All-Star Game will have a very familiar feel to it for Capitals fans as T.J. Oshie has been added to the Metropolitan Division roster after being voted in by fans as one of the “Last Men In.” This is Oshie’s first-ever all-star selection. He will join John Carlson, Braden Holtby and head coach Todd Reirden.

The All-Star Game will be held in the city in which Oshie began his NHL career, St. Louis. Oshie spent his first seven seasons playing for the Blues before he was traded to Washington. Now he will return to St. Louis an all-star for the first time.

Oshie is third on the Caps in goals this season with 18. His skills will no doubt be coveted in the skills competition as he is dominant on the shootout with a 51.8 career shootout percentage.

Also among the players voted in as Last Men In are Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner, St. Louis Blues forward David Perron and Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes. The game will be played on Jan. 25 with the skill competition on Jan. 24.

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Capitals vs. Devils: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, how to watch

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Capitals vs. Devils: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, how to watch

Although Washington’s offense jumped out with an early lead 2-1 over the Flyers on Wednesday night, the Caps were unable to capitalize on five power plays, in result losing 3-2.  

The Caps now return to Capital One Arena looking to redeem themselves against the Devils. Saturday night’s game will be the second face-off between these two teams this season.

Here is everything you need to know about the matchup, which takes place at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington. 

CAPITALS vs. DEVILS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. New Jersey Devils, Game 46 of the 2019-20 NHL Regular Season

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

When: Saturday, January 11th, 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Capitals vs Devils game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs Devils on the NBC Sports live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7, 106.7 The Fan FM

CAPITALS vs. DEVILS TV SCHEDULE

6:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live

6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

7:00 PM: Capitals vs Devils 

9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

10:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live

10:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live

CAPITALS vs. DEVILS INJURY REPORT:

Capitals: 

D Christian Djoo, Upper body, Day-to-day

Devils: 

LW Jesper Bratt, Lower body, Day-to-day
C Jack Hughes, Upper body, Day-to-day 

CAPITALS vs. DEVILS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alex Ovechkin, F, Capitals (26-16-42): Ovechkin continues to be the talk of the town, climbing the ladder in achievements. Earlier this week during the Caps win over the Ottawa Senators, Ovi emerged, scoring two goals that placed him 11th All-Time in goals with 684 goals. 

Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Capitals (16-26-42): This man is on fire. Kuznetsov extended his point streak to seven games. In Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to Philadelphia Kuznetsov recorded an assist, he is now up to 16 goals and 42 points in 42 games this season.

Blake Coleman, RW, Devils (13-8-21): Coleman cut the Rangers' lead to 3-2 at the 18:10 mark of the first period. Coleman now has 14 goals and 22 points 43 games this season. 

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The NHLPA won’t reopen the CBA, what does this mean for the 2022 Olympics?

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The NHLPA won’t reopen the CBA, what does this mean for the 2022 Olympics?

The NHL Players’ Association elected Monday not to exercise its right to reopen the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NHL. The deadline for the NHLPA’s decision was Sept. 15, but, as that date fell on a Sunday, an exception allowed for the deadline to be extended to Monday, the next business day.

“While players have concerns with the current CBA, we agree with the League that working together to address those concerns is the preferred course of action instead of terminating the agreement following this season,” NHLPA executive director Don Fehr said via a statement. “We have been having discussions with the League about an extension of the CBA and expect that those talks will continue.”

The NHL also had the option of reopening the CBA, but like the NHLPA elected to keep the current CBA in place. The league’s deadline was Sept. 1.

What this means is the current CBA will remain in place until Sept. 15, 2022 ensuring an additional three years of labor peace. That is significant news for a league that has experienced two work stoppages in the last 15 years.

That’s the good news. The potential bad news is what this could mean for Olympic participation.

The next winter Olympic Games will be held in Beijing in 2022 months before the current CBA will officially expire. Olympic participation is not guaranteed under the current CBA and the players were not allowed to participate in the PyeongChang games in 2018.

Every issue the league had with PyeongChang in terms of having to pause the regular season to participate and the time difference restricting viewership and interest will still be present in the 2022 games.

You have to wonder how that may impact the future of Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin takes Olympic participation very seriously and 2022 will likely be the last time for him to represent his native Russia in the Olympics and compete at a high level. If there is no sense that the NHL will allow its players to participate, does that affect Ovechkin’s future plans when his current contract expires in 2021?

Having said that, the league has made a concerted effort of growing interest in China. Recent years have seen preseason games played there and Ovechkin took a tour through China during the offseason as an NHL ambassador. It seems likely the NHL would be much more interested in participating in Beijing than they would have been in PyeongChang.

To reopen the CBA for the Olympics and its other concerns, however, would have been too much of a gamble. The league has shown its willingness to miss games in order to get a favorable CBA in the past and there is no reason to think that option would not be on the table in 2020.

The NHLPA’s decision on Monday ensures we will see hockey through the 2021-22 season and that’s good for everyone.

“We are pleased with the NHL Players' Association's decision not to reopen the Collective Bargaining Agreement," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "We look forward to continuing to work with the NHLPA for the benefit of all stakeholders, especially our fans."

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