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Game 52: Capitals at Canadiens game time, how to watch, open thread

Game 52: Capitals at Canadiens game time, how to watch, open thread

The Capitals head north of the border on Saturday to take on Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens in a matinee matchup. Washington recalled Jakub Vrana from Hershey as a precaution, but all indications are that Justin Williams will be in the lineup after missing Wednesday's game with a lower-body injury.

Here is everything you need to know:

What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens

Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, QC

When: Saturday, 2/4 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

How to Watch: Capitals at Canadiens will be broadcast on NBCSN and streamed live via NBC Sports.

When is the Capitals-Canadiens game?

The Capitals (34-11-6) play the Montreal Canadiens (30-15-7) Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

What channel is the Capitals-Canadiens game on?

The Capitals-Canadiens game is broadcast on CSN. The coverage of the game begins at 12:30 p.m. with Caps GameTime. The game begins at 1:00 p.m with Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin. For postgame coverage, stick around for Caps Extra following the game and Caps in 30 at 11 p.m.. (CSN channel Finder)

Where can I stream the Capitals-Canadiens game?

The Capitals-Canadiens game 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-Canadiens game?

Based Friday's practice, here are the projected lines:

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 - Nate Schmidt

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches
Jakub Vrana, Taylor Chorney

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Alex Ovechkin's son, Sergei, makes an appearance during Capitals practice

Alex Ovechkin's son, Sergei, makes an appearance during Capitals practice

The Capitals had a special guest during their morning skate on Friday.

Alex Ovechkin's son, Sergei, got to pay his father a visit at the Medstar Capitals Iceplex.

Ovechkin carried his one-year-old around the ice and even put him down on the ice to practice his skills. Sergei had a mini stick of his own, almost like he was ready to play if needed.

No word yet on whether Sergei plans on declaring for the upcoming NHL draft, but the kid has already got some skills--and not to mention pretty good genes.

If you were having a bad day, this moment between Ovechkin and his son will certainly cheer you up!

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Capitals at Devils: Ovechkin sits just one away

Capitals at Devils: Ovechkin sits just one away

The Capitals (37-17-6) enter Saturday's game looking to rebound from a disastrous stretch that has seen them lose three straight and five of their last six. Will they be able to rebound against the New Jersey Devils (23-27-10)? Catch the game broadcast and all the pre and postgame action on NBC Sports Washington. Pregame coverage begins at 12 p.m. with Caps FaceOff Live followed by Caps Pregame Live at 12:30 p.m. bringing you up to the 1 p.m. puck drop. Stick with NBC Sports Washington after the game broadcast for postgame coverage with Caps Postgame Live and Caps Overtime Live.

Here is what you need to know for Saturday's game.

One away

Alex Ovechkin snapped a season-long five-game goal drought on Thursday with his 699th career goal. He now sits just one away from becoming the eighth player in history to score 700 goals.

Changing things up

With Washington struggling, Todd Reirden made a few changes to the lines at Friday's practice. Evgeny Kuznetsov moves to the top line with Nicklas Backstrom moving down to the second. Brendan Leipsic is back in on the fourth line for Travis Boyd and the defense is shuffled up with Jonas Siegenthaler back on the third pair with Radko Gudas out.

Reirden cautioned that those may not be the lines he ultimately will settle on Saturday, but with no morning skate, Friday's lineup will very likely be what we see against the Devils.

Here are the lines from Friday's practice:

Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Carl Hagelin - Lars Eller - Richard Panik
Brendan Leipsic - Nic Dowd - Garnet Hathaway

Brenden Dillon - John Carlson
Michal Kempny - Dmitry Orlov
Jonas Siegenthaler - Nick Jensen

Samsonov starts

With a game on Saturday and Sunday, Reirden was likely to split the goalie starts over the weekend and that is what he will do. Ilya Samsonov will start Saturday game while Braden Holtby will play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

This will be Samsonov's first game since getting pulled against the New York Islanders on Feb. 10 for the first time in his NHL career. Overall, it has been a great rookie season for Samsonov with a 16-4-1 record, 2.38 GAA and .917 save percentage. While the loss to the Islanders certainly cannot be laid on Samsonov's shoulders, the team defense was atrocious, it will be interesting to see how he responds to what was statistically his worst NHL game.

When last we met

Saturday's game will be the fourth and final meeting between Washington and New Jersey this season. The Caps have won two out of three, including the last time these two teams met on Jan. 16 at Capital One Arena.

Ovechkin took a stick to the face from Devils defenseman Miles Wood and left bloodied, but returned to the game to score twice in the first period and finished off the hat trick in the third.

Heading in the wrong direction

The Devils are not a good team, but don't make the mistake of thinking they will be a pushover. If you want to know how tough this stretch has been for Washington, the Caps are 11-11-1 since Dec. 23 and are tied with the New York Islanders for the fewest points in the Metropolitan Division during that stretch.

During that same stretch, lowly New Jersey has gone 12-8-5. Since Dec. 23, the Devils have arguably been the better team, at least in terms of the standings. If given the choice between the two rosters, obviously anyone would pick Washington's, but the record of both teams certainly reflects how difficult things have been for the Caps of late.

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