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Jay Beagle challenges Phil Kessel to…Mario Kart?

Jay Beagle challenges Phil Kessel to…Mario Kart?

There certainly seems to be a war of words playing out in Pittsburgh ahead of Game 4. That’s to be expected given the rivalry between the Caps and Penguins plus the added tension of Washington knocking Sidney Crosby out of the lineup, but it seems to be playing out in a bizarre way.

Few Caps players were available to the media on Tuesday, but Jay Beagle was and he said he expected the same kind of nastiness we saw in Game 3 to carry over for the rest of the series.

"It should be nasty, it’s the playoffs,” Beagle said. That’s the way we like to play, that’s the way they like to play – hard hits, going after each other. I mean, these are two teams that don’t like each other.”

Harmless enough…until it got relayed to Penguins forward Phil Kessel.

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Even though Beagle was not talking about the hit on Crosby that knocked him out of Game 3, he was quoted to Kessel right after the forward was done talking about Crosby.

“If he thinks that’s a clean hit, he’s an idiot,” Kessel said in response. You can hear Kessel's comments in the video above.

Again, Beagle was not talking about the hit on Crosby, but I digress.

So of course, after directly calling Beagle an idiot, everyone wanted to know Beagle’s response.

“Ouch,” Beagle said, feigning sadness. “That hurts. That’s not very nice, but I guess he said what he said.”

Beagle reiterated that his comments were not about the hit on Crosby and then offered a challenge to Kessel.

“I’m hurt deeply,” Beagle said. “I don’t know, if he wants to settle it, we could always play some Mario Kart. He knows where to find me.”

Hmm, knowing Beagle, he seems like a Luigi type of guy. Kessel? I would guess either Wario or Toad.

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Capitals vs. Flyers Game 20: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

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Capitals vs. Flyers Game 20: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

The Caps are no longer on a six-game winning streak after losing in a shootout 4-3 to the Arizona Coyotes Monday night.

But now, they'll look to start a new winning streak Wednesday against the Philadelphia Flyers who have a winning streak of their own totaling four games.

The Capitals won all four games against the Flyers last season and look to continue that trend in the City of Brotherly Love. Washington will look to get on track Wednesday night.

Here's how to watch Wednesday's matchup.

CAPITALS-FLYERS GAME 20: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

When: Wednesday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.

TV Channel: Capitals-Flyers game will be broadcast on NBC Sports. (NBC Sports channel finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Flyers on the NBC Sports live stream page.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7

CAPITALS-FLYERS TV SCHEDULE:

The Capitals-Flyers matchup will be on NBC Sports as the primetime matchup on Wednesday Night Hockey. Pre and post-game coverage will be on NBC Sports Washington Plus.

6:30 PM: Caps Faceoff Live (NBC Sports Washington Plus)

7:00 PM: Caps Pregame Live  (NBC Sports Washington Plus)

7:30 PM: Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers (NBC Sports)

10:00 PM: Caps Postgame Live (NBC Sports Washington Plus)

10:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live (NBC Sports Washington Plus)

CAPITALS-FLYERS INJURY REPORT:

Capitals:

LW Carl Hagelin: upper-body injury, day-to-day

C Nic Dowd: lower-body injury, day-to-day

Flyers:

C Scott Laughton: finger injury, out indefinitely

D Samuel Morin, knee surgery, out for season

C Nolan Patrick, head injury, week-to-week

CAPITALS-FLYERS PLAYERS TO WATCH:

John Carlson, D, Capitals (8-21-29)

Carlson has been electric thus far leading the league with 21 assists, and leads the Capitals in goal and with 29 points. That is currently six points more than Capitals star player and captain Alex Ovechkin.

Carter Hart, G, Flyers

Hart stopped 26 shots to help the Flyers win their fourth straight win in the victory over the Bruins. 

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Playing with Siegenthaler, Nick Jensen may finally have found his fit in Washington

Playing with Siegenthaler, Nick Jensen may finally have found his fit in Washington

ARLINGTON, Va. -- It would be fair to say that Nick Jensen’s time with the Capitals did not start the way either he or the team had hoped. Brought in at the 2019 trade deadline, Jensen was playing top-pair minutes with the Detroit Red Wings. In Washington, however, it was a struggle to find the best fit for him in the lineup. Originally given a top-four role coming out of training camp this season, Jensen was eventually supplanted on the second pair by Radko Gudas. Now he sits on the third pair with Jonas Siegenthaler.

But as significant as Jensen’s falling down the lineup has been, just as significant has been the positive strides his game has taken in recent weeks.

“I've liked how he's played with [Jonas] Siegenthaler,” head coach Todd Reirden said. “So that's been a good look. I think it's allowed both of them to settle into their game.”

Stepping into a new team on the fly after getting traded to the Caps was a struggle for Jensen and it was made worse by the constant shuffling of the blue line.

An injury to Michal Kempny forced Reirden to keep switching his defensive pairs in search of the right combination through the rest of the regular season and into the playoffs. The effect that had on Jensen’s adjustment to his new team was not lost on him.

“I think the biggest change was just playing with different guys,” Jensen told NBC Sports Washington. “The D-partner I played with pretty steady in Detroit, we worked pretty well together...I feel like I was always on the same page with my D-partner which led to a lot of success for me there. It was kind of the difference coming over is just getting used to playing with different guys.”

Jensen played with Siegenthaler, Dmitry Orlov, Brooks Orpik and on the first pair with John Carlson playing on his off-side on the left, and that was just last season in only 20 regular-season games with Washington and seven more in the playoffs.

This season, Jensen had the benefit of a training camp and time to adjust to the team which he says has helped him settle in.

“I feel a lot more comfortable,” he said. “In 15 games last year I had more points than I do now, but I feel more comfortable in a sense of being out on the ice and how our team plays and moving the puck and trying to get it out of the D-zone which is one of my primary concerns when I'm out on the ice is getting the puck out of the D-zone and getting it into the forwards' hands. I feel a lot more comfortable this year and I'm getting used to how our team plays and how our forwards play and how we all gel together.”

But the biggest factor of all in how he has played may be the chemistry he has finally found with a defense partner.

Jensen started the season with Orlov on a pair that just did not seem to fit. Now with Siegenthaler, however, Jensen finally seems to be finding his way.

“I think it took a couple, or one or two games I think,” Siegenthaler said, “But I think now I kind of know where he stands, how he skates, how he wants the puck and everything. Smart player.”

Finding chemistry on a defensive pair is a good first step for Jensen finally fitting in with his new surroundings. Having said that, Reirden cautioned that for him to be truly successful in Washington, Jensen will need to eventually be able to play a variety of roles and with different partners, not just Siegenthaler.

“We need to continue to figure out ways to magnify [Jenssen’s strengths] as does he and be able to understand the role that he has on our team,” Reirden said. “Some nights, that's going to be playing with Orlov, some nights that's going to be playing with Siegenthaler. It's going to change. There's injuries and there's things that go on, different matchups that set up differently.”

But for a player who, for the first 40 games with the Caps, just did not seem to fit, finding chemistry with Siegenthaler is an important first step.

“I feel like all our D are very obviously super capable of playing defense,” Jensen said, “And I'm feeling pretty comfortable playing with the D-partner I'm playing with right now.”

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