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Game 45: Capitals at Blues game time, how to watch, open thread

Game 45: Capitals at Blues game time, how to watch, open thread

The Capitals kick off their annual dads trip starting with a game in St. Louis against the Blues. The game will feature a star-studded matchup as Alex Ovechkin will face fellow countryman and superstar Vladimir Tarasenko. Will Washington's loss to Pittsburgh serve as a reality check or will the Caps struggle in the wake of their nine-game win streak?

Stream the game via CSNmidatlantic.com/CapitalsStream or tune in to CSN at 7:30 p.m. for coverage. Here is everything you need to know:

What: Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues

Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Mo.

When: Thursday, 1/19 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

How to Watch: Capitals at Blues will be broadcast on CSN.

When is the Capitals-Blues game?

The Capitals (29-9-6) play the St. Louis Blues (23-17-5) Thursday at 8:00 p.m.

What channel is the Capitals-Blues game on?

The Capitals-Blues game is broadcast on CSN. The coverage of the game begins at 7:30 p.m. with Caps GameTime. The game begins at 8:00 p.m with Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin. For postgame coverage, stick around for Caps Extra following the game and Caps in 30 at midnight. (CSN channel Finder)

Where can I stream the Capitals-Blues game?

The Capitals-Blues game, along with Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here on csnmidatlantic.com/CapitalsStream and the NBC Sports app 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-Blues game?

Based Wednesday's practice, here are the projected lines:

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
Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Dmitry Orlov
Taylor Chorney - Nate Schmidt

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches
John Carlson

Capitals-Blues Open Thread

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Grizzlies

5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Grizzlies

Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 104-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night at the Verizon Center that are worth revisiting...

1. Veteran Jason Smith had another solid game for the Wizards off their bench with eight points, three rebounds, a block and two steals. One of those steals led to a one-man fastbreak where Smith threw the hammer down with a big slam. Wizards Twitter went nuts over this one:

And here are a few extra angles of Smith's dunk. Notice the slight pause once he landed for effect:

2. Markieff Morris also had a few dunks of his own, including this putback slam after a missed shot by John Wall. This was one of Morris' 12 rebounds. He had a double-double for the second consecutive game, the first time he's done that since January of 2015 when he was with the Suns:

Wall didn't get an assist for that one, but he did for this Morris dunk:

3. Okay, fine. You want more dunks? This was probably the best one of the game. Bradley Beal drove baseline and finished with a double pump, two-handed slam:

4. Otto Porter was the star of the game for the Wizards with 25 points including a career-high six threes. His sixth was this well-timed shot in the fourth quarter:

Let's take another look at that celebration. Otto was feeling it:

5. Wall saved his best for last. On this play he caught Marc Gasol sleeping with a half-spin move that led to an open lane to the basket once he drove baseline:

The Wizards won their 13th straight game at home and it was yet another fun one.

[RELATED: Why aren't Wall, Beal getting more national recognition?]