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Game 21: Capitals at Maple Leafs game time, how to watch, open thread

Game 21: Capitals at Maple Leafs game time, how to watch, open thread

Caps go north of the border for a matchup with Toronto and their young stars. Coverage starts on CSN Plus at 6:30 p.m. and stream it on CSNmidatlantic.com/CapitalsStream. Here is everything you need to know:

What: Washington Capitals at Toronto Maple Leafs

Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada

When: Saturday, 11/26 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

How to Watch: Capitals GameTime airs at 6:30 p.m. followed by Capitals at Maple Leafs on CSN Plus.

When is the Capitals-Maple Leafs game?

The Capitals (13-5-2) play the Toronto Maple Leafs (8-8-4) Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET.

What channel is the Capitals-Maple Leafs game on?

The Capitals-Maple Leafs game is broadcast on CSN Plus. The coverage of the game begins at 6:30 p.m. with Capitals GameTime. The game begins at 7:00 p.m with Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin. For postgame coverage, stick around for Caps Extra following the game. (CSN channel Finder)

Where can I stream the Capitals-Maple Leafs game?

The Capitals-Maple Leafs game, along with Caps Extra, is available to stream live here on csnmidatlantic.com/CapitalsStream and the NBC Sports app 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 the Capitals-Maple Leafs game?

Based on Friday's game, here are the projected lines:

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

Defense
Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen
Dmitry Orlov - John Carlson
Brooks Orpik - Nate Schmidt

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches
Paul Carey, Taylor Chorney

Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Open Thread

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Nicklas Backstrom recounts what it was like the day hockey went dark

Nicklas Backstrom recounts what it was like the day hockey went dark

The last game the Capitals played was March 9 against the Buffalo Sabres. On March 12, the NHL suspended the season. That's how fast things went when the coronavirus began spreading through the United States.

No NHL games had been played in front of an empty arena yet -- Columbus was scheduled to play Pittsburgh in an empty arena that night -- no team had missed a scheduled game and the NHL had only just implemented its new rules preventing media access to locker rooms. We went from the league implementing precautionary rules regarding the media to the complete pausing of the regular season in less than a week.

When things went bad, they went fast. Or, at least it seemed that way from the outside looking in. What was it like for the players?

"It was weird," Nicklas Backstrom said on a video conference. "You're coming in on a game day and trying to get prepared, but at the same time, we were like, 'Is there going to be a game? What's going on? Are we going to play with no fans?' It was just a weird day."

The Capitals were scheduled to host the Detroit Red Wings on March 12, but on March 11, NBA player Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the abrupt postponement of a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Later that night, the NBA postponed all games. The NHL had a scheduled conference call with teams in the afternoon of March 12, but the league did not initially halt the season after the NBA's decision. That meant that teams like the Capitals had to prepare for a game that likely was not going to be played.

"Looking back at it, when we came here that morning, I think we all knew that the game was going to be canceled," Backstrom said. "We were starting to hear about it, the government started shutting down things. We were basically just waiting for the NHL to make an announcement and then NBA had done it before, so we kind of knew it was going to happen."

The morning skate was canceled before the players took the ice. The NHL followed with the announcement that afternoon that the season had been put on pause.

"After that, it was 'Alright, go home. See you later,'" Backstrom said. "So, it was kind of awkward back then, but at the same time, now we know why."

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T.J. Oshie likes his chances if given the opportunity to hit a penalty shot to win the Stanley Cup

T.J. Oshie likes his chances if given the opportunity to hit a penalty shot to win the Stanley Cup

T..J Oshie has some experience in clutch moments when the game is on the line and his name is called.

Thursday, his name wasn't listed in a hypothetical poll on Twitter on which player fans would want to take the final shot if the Stanley Cup was on the line. A shocking omission of one of the most legendary shootout players of all-time.

Even with options such as Alex Ovechkin, Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, and Patrick Kane, No. 77 insinuated he had a different player in mind.

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Oshie single-handedly defeated Russia at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi over six years ago.

Six times Oshie was sent to the ice in a shootout in a preliminary round match against Russia. He answered the bell four times for another legendary U.S. win over Russia.

Oshie has the fourth-most shootout goals (45) in NHL history, only trailing Kane, (47), Frans Nielsen (49), and Jonathan Toews (50).

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