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Game 81: Capitals at Bruins, date, time, TV channel, live stream, game thread

Game 81: Capitals at Bruins, date, time, TV channel, live stream, game thread

Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, the Capitals have locked up home-ice advantage, the Metropolitan Division title and the President's Trophy.

But there are still two games left on the NHL regular-season schedule before the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin next Wednesday.

On the road for the final time this season, the Capitals take on the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday afternoon. Like the Capitals, the Bruins too have locked up a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But unlike the Capitals, the Bruins still have seeding to play for. 

But with top defenseman Torey Krug out with a lower-body injury, and top forward Brad Marchand serving the final game of his 2-game suspension, the Bruins will be severely shorthanded. The Capitals will be shorthanded as well, as both Brett Connolly and John Carlson will be out of the lineup.


What: Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins

Where: TD Garden. Boston, Mass.

When: 3:00 p.m. ET. (Capitals GameTime gets things started at 2:30 p.m. ET)

TV Channel: Capitals vs. Bruins will be broadcast on NBC.

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


The Capitals (54-18-8) take on the Boston Bruins (44-30-76) on Saturday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m. ET at TD Garden.


The Capitals-Bruins game will be broadcast on NBC at 3:00 p.m. Capitals GameTime gets things started at 2:30 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)


The Capitals vs. Bruins 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.


Here are the projected lines for the Capitals based on Friday's practice.

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - TJ Oshie
Marcus Johansson - Engeni Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Paul Carey - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

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

Philipp Grubauer starts with Braden Holtby as backup

Brett Connolly, John Carlson, 


Boston Bruins

Frank Vatrano - Patrice Bergeron - David Backes
DrewStafford - David Krejci - David Pastrnak
Matt Beleskey - Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson - Sean Kuraly
Dominic Moore - Riley Nash - Tim Schaller

Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo
John-Michael Liles - Adam McQuaid
Colin Miller - Kevan Miller

Anton Khudobin starts, Tuukka Rask as backup


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Burakovsky receives qualifying offer from Capitals

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Burakovsky receives qualifying offer from Capitals

The Capitals tendered qualifying offers to six of their seven restricted free agents at Tuesday’s 5 p.m. deadline, including forward Andre Burakovsky. 

Burakovsky, 24, had been the subject of trade rumors up until the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 25 and also in the days leading up to last week’s NHL Draft in Vancouver. Nothing came of them. Washington general manager Brian MacLellan made it clear that while teams were calling, he wasn’t about to just give away a 2013 first-round draft pick. 

“We like the player. There's been some inconsistencies there, but when he's on his game, he's a good player,” MacLellan said last Thursday. “We'd like to keep him around but obviously his name is out there a little bit, so we do talk to some teams about him. But we're not going to move him unless we get something we're comfortable with back.”

But the Capitals are still in a salary-cap crunch and that could still land Burakovsky elsewhere in the coming days. His qualifying offer is $3.25 million. Washington is only $9.235 million below the salary cap of $81.5 million. If Burakovsky signs, he would provide scoring depth. He has a career-high 17 goals and has scored 12 each of the past two seasons.

The Capitals do need to see more from Burakovsky. He has struggled with confidence and consistent production over the years. But if he returns, he would be a good option to replace the expected-to-depart Brett Connolly at right wing on the third line with Lars Eller and Carl Hagelin. Connolly is an unrestricted free agent and likely out of Washington’s price range. 

By tendering a qualifying offer, the Capitals ensure that they will keep Burakovsky’s rights. If they had not then he’d be an unrestricted free agent able to sign with any team. That’s not a smart use of an asset that could still help in 2019-20. They could, of course, still trade him at any time. 

Meanwhile, forward Dmitry Jaskin was not tendered a qualifying offer. He is a free agent now. Jaskin never gained the trust of the coaching staff last season. He appeared in just 37 games despite analytics that showed he had a positive impact on the fourth line. Jaskin picked up on waivers from the St. Louis Blues in October, had two goals and four assists. He did not play in the Stanley Cup playoffs. 

Winger Jakub Vrana also received a qualifying offer, but that’s not expected to matter much as the two sides try to put together a long-term contract extension after his breakthrough 24-goal season in his second NHL year. 

The Capitals did tender a qualifying offer to defenseman Christian Djoos. An ugly thigh injury that turned into compartment syndrome and limited him to 45 games. But with Brooks Orpik retiring on Tuesday, Washington could go with Djoos and Jonas Siegenthaler as their No. 6/7 defensemen on their natural left sides. 

Fourth-line winger Chandler Stephenson also received his qualifying offer. AHL Hershey forward Colby Williams and goalie Vitek Vanacek also received qualifying offers from Washington.  


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Brooks Orpik's knee injury helped decision on retirement

Brooks Orpik's knee injury helped decision on retirement

One big reason Brooks Orpik decided to hang up his skates, as he announced on Tuesday, was the severity of a knee injury, which impaired him for most of the 2018-19 season.

"I knew a long time ago, to be honest with you," Orpik told reporters Tuesday afternoon. "From the time I had surgery on it was pretty evident that I wasn't gonna play another year after this."

After playing 10 games in October to start the season, Orpik was was placed on long-term injured reserve, then underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in November. 

He returned to the lineup Dec. 31 and played a total of 53 games during the regular season last year.

But despite the medical staff's best efforts, Orpik remained in pain for the duration of the season.

"I'd use the elevator at [Capital One Arena] to go up and down cause I couldn't go up and down stairs," Orpik said. "When I couldn't do that it was time to stop playing hockey I figured.

"I could just get it to a point where I could play for two and a half hours and then pay for it afterward and then try to do it all over again."

Orpik's dealt with a multitude of injuries during his career in Washington. During the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights, Orpik lost part of his pinkie finger after a brutal slash courtesy of Erik Haula. He also dealt with an infection in his leg during the Caps 2017 playoff run, which he acquired after blocking a shot.

During his tenure with the Penguins, Orpik suffered a broken finger in 2011 and was carted off the ice in 2013 after being pulled down and punched by then Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton.