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Capitals vs. Maple Leafs: Game 1 time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Capitals vs. Maple Leafs: Game 1 time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The Washington Capitals open up the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs with Game 1 of their first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

This could be a pretty tough series for Toronto and it just got a bit harder with the news that the Leafs will be without defenseman Nikita Zaitsev.

The news for Washington, however, is good as it appears defenseman John Carlson will be back for Game 1.

Even so, the Caps may still be feeling the pressure on Thursday.

CAPITALS VS. MAPLE LEAFS GAME 1 HOW TO WATCH

Who: Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
What: Game 1, 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference First Round
When: 7:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 13
Where: Verizon Center. Washington, D.C.
Online Stream: NBC Sports App
TV Channel: NBCSN, USA Network, CSN Mid-Atlantic (Channel Finder)
Radio: 1500 AM (Capitals Radio Network)

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WHEN IS CAPITALS-MAPLE LEAFS GAME 1?

The Capitals take on the Maple Leafs in Game 1 of their best of seven series on Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Verizon Center.

WHAT CHANNEL IS CAPITALS-MAPLE LEAFS GAME 1 ON?

Game 1 of Capitals-Maple Leafs will be broadcast on CSN. Caps GameTime gets things started at 6:00 p.m. ET with Caps Extra and Caps Overtime following the game and Caps in 30 at 11:45 p.m. (CSN channel Finder)

WHERE CAN I STREAM CAPITALS-MAPLE LEAFS GAME 1?

Game 1 of Capitals-Maple Leafs, as well as the pre and postgame shows, is available to stream live here through CSN's live stream page and is available to authenticated CSN Mid-Atlantic subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

WHAT ARE THE LINES FOR CAPITALS-MAPLE LEAFS GAME 1?

Here are the projected lines based on Tuesday's practice:

Capitals

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Defense

Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Kevin Shattenkirk

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches
Paul Carey, Nate Schmidt, Taylor Chorney

Maple Leafs

Forwards

Leo Komarov - Nazem Kadri - Connor Brown
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitch Marner
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Matt Martin - Brian Boyle - Kasperi Kapanen

Defense

Morgan Rielly - Matt Hunwick
Jake Gardiner - Roman Polak
Martin Marincin - Connor Carrick

Goalies
Frederik Andersen starts with Curtis McElhinney as backup

Scratches
Josh Leivo, Ben Smith, Nikita Zaitsev, Alexey Marchenko

CAPITALS-MAPLE LEAFS GAME 1 BETTING LINES

Stanley Cup Odds: Capitals 9/2, Maple Leafs 25/1
Game 1 Spread: Capitals -1.5
Game 1 Over/Under: 5.5
Game 1 Money Line: Capitals -225, Maple Leafs +195
Against The Spread: Capitals are 6-1 straight up against the Maple Leafs in last 7 games and 31-8 straight up at home this season.

CAPITALS-MAPLE LEAFS GAME 1 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 Digital Producer JJ Regan and the CSN Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and CSN's Facebook page.

Keep up with all the action here with Capitals GameZone and join in on the conversation here with Capitals Pulse.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: A trip to the Stanley Cup Final is on the line

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: A trip to the Stanley Cup Final is on the line

The Eastern Conference Final is going the distance!

After losing three straight to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Capitals won Game 6 to force a Game 7 in Tampa Bay. Can the Caps beat the Lightning one more time and advance to the Stanley Cup Final?

JJ Regan, Tarik El-Bashir and special guest cameraman Mike D break it all down.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to schedule and time constraints, this podcast was recorded by phone and the audio quality is not up to our usual standards.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Caps push Lightning around in Game 6 with physical game plan

Caps push Lightning around in Game 6 with physical game plan

As the NHL continues to focus more on speed and skill, the Capitals took a very old-school approach to Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. From the moment the puck dropped until the clock hit zero, it was clear Washington came into Monday with a very physical game plan.

"It made a big difference," T.J. Oshie said. "I think in these games, everyone’s bringing energy and you kind of want to control that and direct it towards some positive play, some momentum building for your team, and tonight I think we handled that and did that pretty well."

"We just wanted to throw everything we had at them," Stephenson said. "It was a do or die game and we don't want our season to end."

It worked.

The scoresheet officially credited the Caps with 39 hits for the game. The Lightning had only 19. The physical play seemed to wear down Tampa Bay as the game went on.

After an even first period, Washington took a 1-0 lead in the second. Then, very fittingly, a physical fourth line extended that lead to 2-0 in the third to finish the Lightning off.

"All of a sudden now we turn a puck over, you’re back in your end, they’re feeling it, they’re being physical, crowd’s behind them and we’re spending way too much time in our D zone," Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper said. "That’s what hurt us."

What made it so effective was the fact that the entire team bought into it. Alex Ovechkin was certainly the most noticeable player as he threw himself around like a wrecking ball against everyone wearing a white jersey. But it was not just his line. Tom Wilson and Brooks Orpik each led the team with six hits, Devante Smith-Pelly recorded five of his own while Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom both had four.

The Lightning faced a constant barrage from the Caps from every line and defensive pair. There was no respite.

The hits also gave the fans plenty to cheer for.

The Caps were playing an elimination game at home and Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy was standing on his head. Even with the score locked at 0-0 through the first period, the crowd was still very much into the game. There was no apprehension, there was no quiet tension. There was just a loud crowd cheering on its team.

"[The fans] were loud right from the start, which I think we fed off of and wanted to give them something back," Brooks Orpik said. "We didn't get a goal early. I think some of the physical play kind of helped carry that. They were great for us."

Now in the third round of the playoffs after six intense games between the Caps and Lightning, the hope is that Game 6's physical play will continue to take its toll on Tampa Bay heading into Game 7.

"We need to do that every game," Nicklas Backstrom said. "That's our forecheck. Hopefully, we can keep it going here in Game 7."

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