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Game 80: Capitals vs. Rangers date, time, how to watch, game thread

Game 80: Capitals vs. Rangers date, time, how to watch, game thread

At long last, the Capitals are returning home. Washington wrapped up a five-game road trip on Tuesday with a strong win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The magic number for the Capitals to clinch the division and the Presidents' Trophy is now 1. They will get the opportunity to clinch on Wednesday as they host the New York Rangers. The Rangers will be a short-handed team as Alain Vigneault will rest several of his top players. The Caps, however, may be without John Carlson after he was a late scratch on Tuesday. Then again, Nate Schmidt seemed to do just fine in his place.

What: Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.

When: 8:00 p.m. ET. (Capitals GameTime gets things started at 7:00 p.m. ET)

How to Watch: Capitals vs. Rangers will be broadcast on NBCSN.

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals vs. Rangers game on NBC Sports' live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-RANGERS GAME?

The Capitals (53-18-8) take on the Rangers (47-26-6) Wednesday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET at Verizon Center.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-RANGERS GAME ON?

The Capitals-Rangers game will be broadcast on NBCSN. Capitals GameTime gets things started at 7:00 p.m. ET with Capitals Extra recapping the all the action following the game. Both the pre and postgame shows will be on CSN. (CSN channel Finder)

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-RANGERS GAME?

The Capitals-Rangers game is available to stream live through NBC Sports' live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports 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 based on Tuesday's game:

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

Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Kevin Shattenkirk
Karl Alzner - Nate Schmidt

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches
Paul Carey, John Carlson, Taylor Chorney

CAPITALS-RANGERS OPEN THREAD

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As Capitals prepare for fourth preseason game, Devante Smith-Pelly still remains absent from game action

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As Capitals prepare for fourth preseason game, Devante Smith-Pelly still remains absent from game action

When the Capitals take to the ice in Carolina on Friday, they will again be without playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly who has yet to play in the preseason.

Friday’s game will be Washington’s fourth of the preseason contest.

By now, every skater on the roster has played in at least one game except for Smith-Pelly, Lars Eller and John Carlson. Eller and Carlson both dealt with minor lower-body injuries that held them out of the first few days of training camp, but there has been no such issue for Smith-Pelly who has participated in every practice.

“He's still trying to get to the level where he was at last year and until he does, it doesn't do us any good as a team or for him to be playing in games,” head coach Todd Reirden said when asked about Smith-Pelly remaining out of game action. “He's working really hard to get back to that spot and he's close, but until he's at that spot, he won't be in the lineup because I don't feel that's setting a player up for success at all. We're hoping that that's in the next little bit here.”

When asked what the specific issue was with Smith-Pelly, Reirden declined to elaborate saying only, “He's just not at the level that he was at last year. That to me is really all there is to say about it. Once he gets there, he'll be in and he'll be helping us.”

For his part, Smith-Pelly told reporters he was not dealing with any injuries and that not playing was simply a coach’s decision.

“It was a short summer,” he said. “I'm not going to make any excuse or anything, but it was a short summer, a little different. Everyone's trying to get ready for the start of the year and everyone's path is a little bit different.”

Smith-Pelly scored seven goals in 75 games for the Caps in the regular season but was phenomenal in the playoffs with seven more goals in just 24 games leading to a new one-year contract with Washington.

With a roster competition for the fourth line, Smith-Pelly’s absence is not ideal, but he is in a much different position this year than last when he entered camp on a two-way contract. Now his contract is one-way and, based on Reirden’s comments, his playoff performance speaks for itself.

“[Smith-Pelly] had just a phenomenal postseason for us and he's a really important player for us. If you don't get that sort of impact from your bottom six guys then you're not going to win the Stanley Cup and he was a huge part for us. Like I said, we need him in there and I hope to have him in there soon.”

“I want to play every game, but that's coach's decision to get everyone ready for when it matters,” Smith-Pelly said. “Just like everyone else, I'm working to be ready for October 3.”

Eller will make his preseason debut in Carolina, but Carlson remains out of the lineup as well. Reirden said Carlson’s absence was a precaution and the hope is that he will be ready to play in Tuesday’s game against the St. Louis Blue.s

“[Carlson’s] done some more contact in scrimmages and in practice,” Reirden said. “He's really close, but again, it doesn't set the player up for any kind of success if we put him out there and take the chance of losing valuable players when they're not ready to go and up to speed.”

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Capitals vs. Hurricanes preseason Game 4: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

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Capitals vs. Hurricanes preseason Game 4: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

The preseason continues after the Capitals' loss in Montreal Thursday night. They are hoping to gain some momentum and dominate in Friday's game.

Even without the home advantage, they hope to take home a win as they face the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes are one of the four teams the Capitals will face in preseason play, along with the Bruins, Canadiens and Blues.

The Capitals and Hurricanes will meet once again, next Friday at Capital One Arena. But first, it's time to get back on the ice for Game 4 of the seven-game preseason schedule.

CAPITALS-HURRICANES PRESEASON GAME 4: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

When: Friday, September, 21, 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals-Hurricanes preseason game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Hurricanes preseason on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7

CAPITALS-HURRICANES PRESEASON TV SCHEDULE:

7:00 PM: Washington Capitals: My Day with the Cup (R)
7:30 PM: NHL Preseason: Capitals @ Carolina Hurricanes 
10:00 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)

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