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Game 62: Capitals at Rangers date, time, how to watch, game thread

Game 62: Capitals at Rangers date, time, how to watch, game thread

Just over one week since their last visit to Madison Square Garden, the Caps return on Tuesday looking for a better result against the New York Rangers. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers are one of the hottest teams in the NHL, but they will face a Capitals team with a bolstered defensive core as defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is expected to play. Washington acquired Shattenkirk on Monday. With Zach Sanford heading to St. Louis as part of the deal, expect to see Jakub Vrana make the lineup tonight in his place. He was recalled from AHL Hershey on Tuesday along with Riley Barber.

What: Washington Capitals at New York Rangers

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET. (Capitals GameTime gets things started at 6:30 p.m. ET)

How to Watch: Capitals at Rangers will be broadcast on CSN Plus. (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals vs. Predators game on CSN's live stream

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-RANGERS GAME?

The Capitals (41-13-7) take on the Rangers (40-20-2) Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-RANGERS GAME ON?

The Capitals-Rangers game will be broadcast on CSN Plus. Capitals GameTime gets things started at 6:30 p.m. ET with Capitals Extra recapping the all the action following the game. (CSN channel Finder)

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-RANGERS GAME?

The Capitals-Rangers game, 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 THE CAPITALS-RANGERS GAME?

Here are the projected lines:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Jakub Vrana
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Riley Barber

Defense
Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Nate Schmidt - Kevin Shattenkirk

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches
T.J. Oshie, Brooks Orpik, Taylor Chorney

CAPITALS-RANGERS 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: On to Vegas!

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

The Capitals are the Eastern Conference Champions!

After dispatching Tampa Bay in Game 7, the Caps claimed the conference crown for just the second time in franchise history. But they're not done yet. Now it's on to Vegas to face the Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup.

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break down the Caps' win over the Lightning and look ahead to the matchup with the Knights.

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

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Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

In what is perhaps the most unexpected Stanley Cup Final pairing in recent memory, the Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights are going to make history this year.

Either it is going to be the first expansion team to win a title in their first season, or it will be a team looking to end a 27-year title drought for one of the biggest cities in the United States.

But what it will not be is the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup.

Going even farther back than the Capitals last Stanley Cup appearance (1998), the Georgetown Hoyas and UNLV Rebels met in the 1991 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Sin City took the first, and up until now, the only postseason bout between these two cities. The Larry Johnson-led University of Las Vegas squad powered right past the Hoyas in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

[D.C. sports and Second Rounds, I know right?]

Coming fresh off the NCAA title in 1990, UNLV waltzed right to the Final Four before meeting their demise against Duke. It also ended up being the last game for Dikembe Mutombo in a Georgetown uniform.

While in all likely-hood this will not be the final game/ series for Alex Ovechkin rocking the red, it may be his last and only chance for him to play this far into a postseason.

In the past two seasons, Vegas has gone from zero professional teams to having a Stanley Cup contender, a WNBA franchise, and lined up to take over the Oakland Raiders in 2020. 

Now time for the Golden Knights' Cinderella story to come up a little bit short. 

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