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Capitals vs. Maple Leafs: Game 5 time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Capitals vs. Maple Leafs: Game 5 time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The Capitals tied their series with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday with a 5-4 win in Game 4. They now return home to Washington with a chance to push the Leafs to the brink in Game 5. Karl Alzner's health remains a question, but Nate Schmidt has looked great in his stead and may just have earned himself a regular spot in the lineup. Regardless of who is playing on defense, the Caps will need a solid night from goalie Braden Holtby whose numbers have not been great through the first four games of the series.

CAPITALS VS. MAPLE LEAFS GAME 5 HOW TO WATCH

Who: Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
What: Game 5, 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference First Round
When: 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday, April 21
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Online Stream: Check out CSN's live stream page here
TV Channel: CSN Mid-Atlantic (Channel Finder)
Radio: 1500 AM (Capitals Radio Network)

RELATED: STANLEY CUP POWER RANKINGS

WHEN IS CAPITALS-MAPLE LEAFS GAME 5?

With the series tied 2-2, the Capitals take on the Maple Leafs in Game 5 of their best of seven series on Firday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Verizon Center.

WHAT CHANNEL IS CAPITALS-MAPLE LEAFS GAME 5 ON?

Game 5 of Capitals-Maple Leafs will be broadcast on CSN. Caps GameTime gets things started at 6:00 p.m. ET with Caps Extra and Caps Overtime following the game and Caps in 30 at 11:45 p.m. (CSN channel Finder)

WHERE CAN I STREAM CAPITALS-MAPLE LEAFS GAME 5?

Game 5 of Capitals-Maple Leafs, 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 CAPITALS-MAPLE LEAFS GAME 5?

Here are the projected lines based on Friday's game:

Capitals

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Andre Burakovsky - Lars Eller - Tom Wilson
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Brett Connolly

Defense

Nate Schmidt - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Kevin Shattenkirk

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches
Paul Carey, Karl Alzner, Taylor Chorney

Maple Leafs

Forwards

Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Leo Komarov - Nazem Kadri - Connor Brown
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitch Marner
Matt Martin - Brian Boyle - Kasperi Kapanen

Defense

Morgan Rielly - Matt Hunwick
Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev
Martin Marincin - Connor Carrick

Goalies
Frederik Andersen starts with Curtis McElhinney as backup

Scratches
Josh Leivo, Ben Smith, Alexey Marchenko

RELATED: 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions

CAPITALS-MAPLE LEAFS GAME 5 BETTING LINES

Stanley Cup Odds: Capitals 9/2, Maple Leafs 25/1
Game 5 Spread: Capitals -1.5
Game 5 Over/Under: 5.5
Game 5 Money Line: Capitals -210, Maple Leafs +170
Against The Spread: Capitals are 7-4 straight up against the Maple Leafs in their last 11 games.

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3 reasons to worry about the Pittsburgh Penguins

3 reasons to worry about the Pittsburgh Penguins

The Capitals welcome in the Pittsburgh Penguins to Washington on Thursday for Game 1 of last year’s rematch. Washington may have home-ice advantage after beating out Pittsburgh for the Metropolitan Division, but there are still plenty of reasons to be nervous about a matchup with the Penguins.

1. History

The Caps and Penguins have faced one another nine times in the playoffs. Washington’s record? A paltry 1-8 with their lone win coming in 1994. Does the fact that the Caps lost to Pittsburgh in 1996 have any bearing on this series? No, but the Caps and Penguins have faced twice in the Alex Ovechkin/Sidney Crosby era with Pittsburgh emerging victorious both times including in 2016. The 2017 Penguins return many of the key pieces that not only helped them beat Washington, but win the Stanley Cup as well.

RELATED: Alzner's status for second round remains unclear

2. Washington’s third defensive pair

The playoffs have a way of revealing a team’s weaknesses and one certainly emerged in the first round for Washington. Most people dismiss +/- as an antiquated stat, but while it may paint a very limited picture of an individual’s performance, it can be very telling in terms of lines. Through the first round, Brooks Orpik and Kevin Shattenkirk are tied for dead last on the team with a minus-4. The fact that they are a defensive pair makes this a very telling stat. Las year’s Penguins team was able to exploit the Caps’ third pair as the Caps cycled in Orpik, Dmitry Orlov, Taylor Chorney and Mike Weber. An Orpik-Shattenkirk pair is certainly stronger than what the Caps rolled out last year, but it does not appear that they are as strong as many had hoped.

3. Did you see what Pittsburgh did to Columbus?

The Columbus Blue Jackets finished the regular season with the fourth-best record in the NHL. Yet, their postseason lasted just five games as Pittsburgh beat them like a drum. The Caps are a better team than Columbus and appear to be a tougher matchup, but one can’t help but be impressed with how quickly and decisively the Penguins dispatched the Jackets. Plus, for a team dealing with a handful of injuries, getting a few days off after a short series allowed them more time to get healthy.

RELATED: STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF POWER RANKINGS

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Karl Alzner on the mend, status for second round remains unclear

Karl Alzner on the mend, status for second round remains unclear

Karl Alzner on Tuesday handled his heaviest practice workload since getting hurt, but it remains unclear when the Caps’ defenseman will return to the lineup.

Alzner has been sidelined with an upper body injury since Game 2 against Toronto.

“He’s progressing [and is] day-to-day,” Coach Barry Trotz said. “When the trainers say, 'Go', then he’ll go.”

Alzner took part in contact drills, including penalty kill, signaling the next step in his recovery.

Asked if he anticipates Alzner stepping back into the lineup when he’s healthy, Trotz said: “Possibly. We’re not there yet so I’m gonna be vague to you.”

RELATED: Trotz reveals why Ovechkin missed the second half of practice

Alzner said he felt good after the hour-long practice. Asked if he expects to play right away, he said: “I think so, yeah. I didn’t really think about that...I hope so.”

Alzner, who has appeared in 540 consecutive regular season games, acknowledged that it’s been frustrating to be sidelined given what’s at stake.

“Yeah, not fun,” he said. “It’s very, very frustrating, especially at this point of the year. You can handle it a little more in the regular season, but to watch the guys go to battle and to have the feeling of beating a team, it’s unfortunate to miss that. At the same time, I know that in the long run, it’s the best thing for the team [and] clearly was the right choice.”

Alzner has been replaced in the lineup by Nate Schmidt, who has played well the past four games. In addition to being reliable in his own end, he’s registered a pair of assists. He’s also a team-best +5.  

If and when Alzner is healthy, it’s going to force Trotz and Co. to make a difficult decision. Do you take out Schmidt? Someone else? Or go with seven defensemen?

“He’s done that,” Trotz said about Schmidt putting the coaches in a tough spot. “He’s come in and he’s done a really good job. He’s such a good skater. We played a quick team and he fit in just perfectly with us. I thought he was making a statement, ‘Hey I'm gonna make it tough to take me out of the lineup.”

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