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Game 71: Capitals at Lightning date, time, how to watch, game thread

Game 71: Capitals at Lightning date, time, how to watch, game thread

The Caps hit the road for a trip to Florida to face the desperate Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning have been hot in recent weeks and could be a potential first-round opponent for the Caps, but after a 5-0 blowout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, Tampa is in serious need of two points. Washington, meanwhile, is trying to break out of a slump that has seen them lose five of their last six games. Luckily for them, they will get a boost with Andre Burakovsky returning to the lineup.

What: Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Where: Amalie Arena

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

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

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals at Lightning game on CSN's live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-LIGHTNING GAME?

The Capitals (45-17-8) take on the Lightning (34-27-9) Saturday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Amalie Arena.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-LIGHTNING GAME ON?

The Capitals-Lightning game will be broadcast on CSN. Capitals GameTime gets things started at 6:30 p.m. ET with Capitals Extra recapping the all the action following the game and Caps in 30 at 11 p.m. (CSN channel Finder)

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-LIGHTNING GAME?

The Capitals-Lightning 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-LIGHTNING GAME?

Here are the projected lines based on Friday's practice:

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
Nate Schmidt, Taylor Chorney

CAPITALS-PREDATORS OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

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Keep up with all the action here with Capitals GameZone and join in on the conversation here with Capitals Pulse.

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Morrissey to have hearing for body slamming Oshie, here’s why a suspension is likely

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Morrissey to have hearing for body slamming Oshie, here’s why a suspension is likely

In what was an injury-filled day for the Capitals, the exclamation point of the night on Wednesday was a vicious body slam by Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey to T.J. Oshie.

Late in the game, Oshie skated to the corner of the offensive zone after the puck while locked in a physical battle with Morrissey. Morrissey checked Oshie into the boards, then, as he was falling back, Morrissey slammed Oshie down to the ice. Oshie appeared dazed after the play and now Morrissey may have to answer for the play.

The Department of Player Safety announced Thursday that Morrissey will have a hearing for what it calls interference/unsportsmanlike conduct on Oshie. A date and time for the hearing have not yet been determined.

Chances are, Morrissey is not going to walk away from that hearing unscathed.

The DPS already set precedent for a similar hit earlier in the season when Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson slammed Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson to the ice. Matheson was suspended two games for the play.

Matheson’s suspension was a matter of some debate within the hockey community. Some say Matheson was only finishing his check and the play looked worse than it was because Pettersson is only 176 pounds, nearly 20 pounds lighter than Matheson. Morrissey will not be able to make that argument considering both he and Oshie are listed at 195 pounds by their respective teams.

Also working against Morrissey is the fact that he is a repeat offender after he was suspended in the 2018 playoffs for a cross-check to Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal.

With no practice on Thursday, it is unclear if Oshie has suffered any injury from the play, something else the DPS takes into consideration when determining suspensions. Considering his concussion history, however, seeing him slammed to the ice in the manner he was on Wednesday was a troubling sight.

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Capitals fan travels to Antarctica to remind actual penguins who the Stanley Cup champions are

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Capitals fan travels to Antarctica to remind actual penguins who the Stanley Cup champions are

Trolling the Pittsburgh Penguins in any way, shape or form is fun.

Even if we're talking about literal penguins.

Sampson Coe, a Centreville Md. native and avid Caps fans, traveled all the way to the Antarctica Peninsula to remind actual penguins who the Stanley Cup champions are.

Coe posted a photo of himself on Facebook rocking a red Stanley Cup champions t-shirt with the caption, "Travelled all the way to Antarctica just to remind the penguins in person that we got the cup!"

Travelled all the way to Antarctica just to remind the penguins in person that we got the cup! #ALLCAPS

Posted by Slampson Ko on Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Coe and his wife are in the middle of a one-year sabbatical that's taking them around the world. 

“Been planning something along those lines since we booked the trip last year, well before the boys lifted Lord Stanley," Coe told the Washington Post.

“[We] had to pack light given the amount of ground we’re covering, so I only have a few T-shirts in the rotation,” Coe said. “I made damn sure that the Caps and Nats were represented.”

While those cute penguins must have been very confused, Caps fans will certainly love Coe's commitment. 

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