Fairfax, VA.-UFC events have become the 'IT' event for celebrities. Star-studded affairs. The New York Fashion Week of the sports world, if you will. The perimeters of the Octagon is THE place to see, but more importantly to BE seen. Strike that. With MMA, the fandom runs deeper. Those close enough to the cage to get a 'blood sprinkle with a chance of showers,' is arguably a fan.UFC on Fuel TV 3, The Korean Zombie vs. Dustin Poirier, at the Patriot Center was no exception. Nationals, rookie stud, Bryce Harper, who was coming off his first 2 career homeruns, was in attendance. He was by his teammate, pitcher, Edwin Jackson and NASCAR driver, Kevin Hardvick was in attendance.Art Jones has a slightly more vested interest in the sport. The defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens is the older brother of Jon 'Bones' Jones, the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and undoubtedly the face of the UFC.Although, Art's little bro was not at the fight, the DT came on his own accord, saying, "It was awesome. It was exciting, you know, a lot of great fights. I enjoy watching Cowboy is my boy, great turn out too."Giddyup! Art has love for CowboyDonald Cerrone, but what about Jonny? Bringing it closer to home, Art had some thoughts on Jon's next opponent, Dan Henderson, "It's a major match-up, you know, Hendo is a guy you can't really sleep on, he's old but he's very explosive and he has knockout power so Jon just has to stick to the gameplan and everything's going to be ok."On Jon's strategy, Art noted that he thinks his brother's advantage over Hendo will be his, "Youth and his ability to be creative. Jon is a hard guy to study for a fight and I think just his mindset and how he moves is going to be tough for him Hendo."While Hendo v. Jones is sure to be an explosive fight, a Jon Jones v. Anderson Silva showdown continues to intrigue, but does Art think it's a possibility?"Absolutely not. They're great friends and they have mutual respect. I know Jon doesn't want to hurt their friendship, you know, like how he did with RashadEvans, so, you know, I don't think it will ever happen," Art paused as a smile spread across his face, laughing he added, "I wouldn't mind seeing it though."
Just over one week since their last visit to Madison Square Garden, the Caps return on Tuesday looking for a better result against the New York Rangers. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers are one of the hottest teams in the NHL, but they will face a Capitals team with a bolstered defensive core as defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is expected to play. Washington acquired Shattenkirk on Monday. With Zach Sanford heading to St. Louis as part of the deal, expect to see Jakub Vrana make the lineup tonight in his place. He was recalled from AHL Hershey on Tuesday along with Riley Barber.
What: Washington Capitals at New York Rangers
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET. (Capitals GameTime gets things started at 6:30 p.m. ET)
How to Watch: Capitals at Rangers will be broadcast on CSN Plus. (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals vs. Predators game on CSN's live stream
WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-RANGERS GAME?
The Capitals (41-13-7) take on the Rangers (40-20-2) Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden.
WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-RANGERS GAME ON?
The Capitals-Rangers game will be broadcast on CSN Plus. Capitals GameTime gets things started at 6:30 p.m. ET with Capitals Extra recapping the all the action following the game. (CSN channel Finder)
WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-RANGERS GAME?
The Capitals-Rangers 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-RANGERS GAME?
Here are the projected lines:
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Jakub Vrana
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Kevin Shattenkirk
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup
Riley Barber, Nate Schmidt, Taylor Chorney
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A day removed from the Washington Capitals massive trade for Kevin Shattenkirk, the team has recalled forwards Jakub Vrana and Riley Barber from the Hershey Bears.
Bringing up the two forwards are in response to the team dealing Zach Sanford to St. Louis for the stud defenseman. One of the two are expected to getting playing time to fill into Sanford's spot in the lineup.
Vrana is returning to the Capitals after playing in 12 games so far this season for Washington. Recording a goal and two assists already, the NHL rookie made his debut back in Dec. 1, scoring his first goal not too long after against Buffalo. However, the 21-year-old has not been with the Capitals since being sent back to the Bears after the game on Dec. 27.
With Hershey, the 2014 first round draft pick has registered 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) so far this season.
Barber will be playing in his third game this season after making his NHL debut with the Capitals on Feb. 24. Drafted by the Capitals in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Draft, the 23-year-old has spent a majority of his time in the minors and was named the Hershey Bears' Rookie of the Year last season with 33 goals and 34 assists. This season has not been as productive for Barber (seven goals, five assists) since he has been dealing with an upper body injury that caused him to miss 35 games.
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