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Leonsis joins CSN for exclusive pre-Game 3 interview

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Leonsis joins CSN for exclusive pre-Game 3 interview

Things are going well for two local teams in the playoffs, both of which happen to be owned by Ted Leonsis. He spoke with our Jill Sorenson before Game 3 in D.C.

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NHL Power Rankings: Caps’ offense and defense are going in different directions

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NHL Power Rankings: Caps’ offense and defense are going in different directions

If someone had asked you before the season to guess whether the Caps would look better offensively or defensively at the start, most people probably would have picked defense.

With defensive guru Todd Reirden at the helm, Braden Holtby in net and a top four headlined by John Carlson who is starting to establish himself as one of the league’s top blue liners, plus an older offensive core with Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie all over 30 years old, you certainly could be forgiven for thinking the offense would have more growing pains in the first month of the season than the defense.

And yet, three weeks into the season, the opposite has been true.

CHECK OUT THIS WEEK’S NHL POWER RANKINGS HERE 

Take a guess as to which team has the top offense in the NHL. Toronto? Tampa Bay? Actually, it’s the Caps.

Washington ranks first in the league with 4.14 goals per game. Where they have struggled of late has been on the other end of the ice where the Caps are allowing 3.86 goals per game, good for only 28th in the league.

Friday’s game against the Florida Panthers was a horrible defensive game in which the Caps allowed five regulation goals and lost in a shootout. The problem was not that they allowed five goals, it’s that all five came from the slot directly in front of the net.

There were no deflections, no unlucky bounces, none of those chance hockey plays that make you throw up your hands and say, nothing they could have done about that one. No, there were just five goals scored in high-danger areas as the Panthers picked the defense apart.

Defensively, the Caps had no control of the front of their own net and that’s a problem.

Washington has allowed at least four goals in all four of their losses this season. Having a dominant offense does not matter nearly as much if the defense cannot keep up.

The Caps are starting to fall back in the rankings after three losses in four games. Where do they fall this week?

FIND OUT IN THE LATEST NHL POWER RANKINGS

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Capitals vs. Canucks: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Capitals vs. Canucks: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Washington Capitals (3-2-2) head to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada after an overtime/shootout loss against the Florida Panthers last Friday. 

The Caps are determined to avoid the devastation they felt in the first period when they gave away four goals to the Panthers. They will need to focus in the power plays and avoid penalties at all costs.

Many fans were looking forward to the reunion with former player Jay Beagle, who is now centerman for the Canucks, but he is unfortunately out on injury. However you can look out for Caps Nic Dowd, who will have his own homecoming game against his former team. 

Here is everything you need to know about Capitals vs. Canucks which takes place at 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington.
 

CAPITALS vs. CANUCKS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Vancouver Canucks, Game 8 of the 2018-19 NHL Regular Season

Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

When: Monday, October 22 at 10:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Capitals vs. Canucks game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Washington Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Canucks on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio, 106.7 The Fan FM

CAPITALS vs. CANUCKS SCHEDULE

9:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live
9:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live
10:00 PM: Capitals vs. Canucks
12:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

CAPITALS vs. CANUCKS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Lars Eller, F, Capitals: In his last game, he had a three-point night with three assists. He is a messaive help and shined within the trio of Vrana and Connoly on Friday.

Tim Schaller, F, Canucks: He was struggling in the preseason but came back with a vengeance. He assisted with a penatly kill and is a key component in fourth line. 

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