On Thursday night, the Capitals face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of their the second-round NHL Stanley Cup Playoff series.
The Capitals advanced to the second round thanks to a overtime goal from Marcus Johansson in Game 6 of their first-round series against the Maple Leafs. The Penguins needed just four games to dispatch the Blue Jackets from the playoff bracket.
The rivalry between Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby is sure to be the focal point of the buzz surrounding the series.
But heading into Game 1, the status of Karl Alzner as it relates to Nate Schmidt's ice time is a major priority for the Capitals. Schmidt came on as a late addition following Alnzer's injury early in the Maple Leafs series and provided an immediate impact.
With Alzner getting close to a return, what Barry Trotz decides to do for Game 1 will set the tone for the entire series.
CAPITALS VS. PENGUINS GAME 1 HOW TO WATCH
Who: Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
What: Game 6 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Second Round
When: 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 27
Where: Verizon Center
Online Stream: NBCSN's live stream page. Watch Caps GameTime before the game and Caps Extra following the game with CSN's live stream page here.
TV Channel: NBC Sports Network
Radio: 1500 AM (Capitals Radio Network)
RELATED: STANLEY CUP POWER RANKINGS
WHEN IS CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME 1?
The Capitals and Penguins square off in Game 1 of their 2017 second-round playoff series on Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
WHAT CHANNEL IS CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME 1 ON?
Game 1 of the Capitals-Penguins series will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network and SportsNet in Canada.
WHERE CAN I STREAM CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME 1?
Capitals-Penguins Game 1 is available to stream live here through NBCSN's live stream page. Caps GameTime and Caps Extra pre and postgame shows are available to stream live here through CSN's live stream page.
WHAT ARE THE LINES FOR CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME 1?
Here are the projected lines for Capitals-Penguins Game 1:
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Andre Burakovsky - Lars Eller - Tom Wilson
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Brett Connolly
Nate Schmidt - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Kevin Shattenkirk
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup
Chandler Stephenson, Paul Carey, Karl Alzner, Taylor Chorney
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS GAME 1 LINES
Jake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Patric Hornqvist
Bryan Rust - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel
Scott Wilson - Nick Bonino - Conor Sheary
Chris Kunitz - Matt Cullen - Tom Kuhnhackl
Ian Cole - Justin Schultz
Brian Dumoulin - Ron Hainsey
Olli Maatta - Trevor Daley
Marc-Andre Fleury starts with Tristan Jarry as backup
Carl Hagelin, Carter Rowney, Mark Streit, Chad Ruhwedel, Matt Murray
RELATED: 2017 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS
CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME 1 BETTING LINES
Stanley Cup Odds: Capitals 7/2 (+350), Penguins (17/4 (+425)
Game 1 Spread: Capitals -1.5
Game 1 Over/Under: 5.5 goals
Game 1 Money Line: Capitals (-135), Penguins (+115)
CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME 1 OPEN THREAD
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