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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

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