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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

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Chasing Gr8tness: How to watch, time, channel, live stream

Chasing Gr8tness: How to watch, time, channel, live stream

The celebration of Alex Ovechkin's 700th career goal lives on.

Following the Capitals clash with the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday (coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington), you won't want to change the channel. NBC Sports Washington is airing a special feature, "Chasing Gr8tness," recapping the great career of Ovechkin thus far.

NBC Sports Washington's Craig Laughlin, who has been covering the Capitals for nearly 30 years, sits down with Ovechkin to discuss his career from his debut in 2005 to his 700th goal this past Saturday.

Later on in the special, Ovechkin's teammates Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom join Ovechkin and NBC Sports Washington's Joe Beninati to break down film on some of Ovechkin's best goals of his career. 

The special is set to air at 11 p.m. ET following Caps Postgame Live. Here's everything you need to know.

Chasing Gr8tness: How to watch

What: Chasing Gr8tness, a special on the career of Alex Ovechkin

When: Thursday, Feb. 27

Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder Link)

Time: 11 p.m. ET (conclusion of Caps Postgame Live)

Live Stream: You can stream Chasing Gr8tness at NBCSportsWashington.com's live stream page and in the MyTeams App.

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The Caps are back...ish, Ovechkin celebrates 700 with 701 and the bottom-six shines

The Caps are back...ish, Ovechkin celebrates 700 with 701 and the bottom-six shines

WASHINGTON -- The Winnipeg Jets certainly made things interesting. The Capitals jumped out to a dominant 3-0 lead, but the Jets managed to battle back and force a shootout. Washington got the win, but now we are all left wondering which half of the game tells us more about the state of the Caps.

Check out a recap of the game here.

Observations from the win

They're back...ish

The first half of this game was brilliant. The Caps were dominant in every facet. They were physical, the defense was playing well, the breakouts were crisp, the top-six was dangerous and the bottom-six was setting up offensive opportunities with prolonged shifts in the offensive zone. Braden Holtby was strong in net back-stopping the team to a 3-0 lead...and then suddenly it was 3-3 and the game was headed to overtime.

What the heck?

I was all ready for the story after this game to be that the Caps were officially back, but now it seems too early to declare that.

Look, overall the win over the Pittsburgh Penguins plus this game were the best two games this team has played in a long time. If they keep playing the way they have recently they will win more often than not and will be rounding into form by the playoffs. But they need to work on their full 60-minute efforts.

Let's get physical

This is a physical team and it clearly has been getting back to its identity the past week. It's no surprise the success is starting to come again as a result.

I asked Reirden after the game how much the physical play had to do with the team's turnaround and he had a very interesting answer.

“What we weren’t doing was we weren’t putting pucks in areas where we could go be physical. So, when you’re going to turn pucks over in the neutral zone and you’re not going to put them behind their defense, now you’re not giving your players a chance to go in and forecheck and pressure pucks and force turnovers, which I thought we were really good at early on in the game today in terms of all those pucks that were below the goal line, how we were able to pressure and force turnovers and get possession out of it for the majority of the first two periods. So, that’s our identity, that’s how we have to play and, to me, it’s all set up by the proper puck management.”

The bottom-six

So far so good for Ilya Kovalchuk. The third line looked very offensively dangerous in Kovalchuk's first game with lots of prolonged shifts in the offensive zone. Garnet Hathaway credited one such shift as directly leading to his goal.

"I thought that line played really well tonight," Hathaway said. "I thought they were all contributing and making plays, too, so it was nice building off of their energy. I think you look at that, we get an offensive zone faceoff and then it turns into a goal."

In addition, the fourth line looked a bit rejuvenated with Richard Panik. He collected an assist on Hathaway's goal. If that's the type of performance the Caps can expect from the bottom-six going forward, they are in good shape.

Turning point

The Caps may have won the game, but the turning point was Nikolaj Ehlers' goal.

With Washington up 3-0 in the second period, Michal Kempny wheeled around the net in the face of the forecheck from Patrik Laine. He tried to pass the puck to Radko Gudas, but was off-target. The puck redirected off the skate of Gudas and right to Cody Eakin who was all alone in front of the net. Eakin fired a quick shot which Holtby stopped and he closed up his pads thinking he had the puck. Unbeknownst to him, however, the puck had squirted out. Ehlers spotted it and scored on the open net to breath life back into the Jets. From there Winnipeg would tie the game and force overtime.

Play of the game

The great set up by Evgeny Kuznetsov and the great finish by Alex Ovechkin. What better way to finish the celebration of 700 than by scoring No. 701?

Stat of the game

Yet another goalie goes down to the Great 8.

Quote of the game

Ovechkin scored the shootout winner with one of the best shootout goals of his career.

“Sometime even I don’t know what I’m going to do out there, so I’ll take it.”

Fan predictions

Check, check...oh no! You were doing so well!

Bold.

Just the one and you didn't have to wait too long to get it either.

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