Chandler Stephenson is headed back to Hershey, the Caps announced on Thursday.
Stephenson played in three games for the Caps in the past two weeks in spot duty for Jay Beagle (illness) and T.J. Oshie (personal). He got into the lineup again on Wednesday against the Boston Bruins as Justin Williams was made a late scratch due to a lower-body injury.
Before you read into what Stephenson being sent down to the AHL may mean for the health of Williams, let me spoil it for you: It means nothing. The team has sent players back and forth between Hershey all season in an effort to save cap room. With the team off on Thursday, there's no real point to keeping Stephenson on the roster.But the trip back to Hershey could be a short one.
Stephenson's assignment to the AHL leaves the Caps again with the minimum number of forwards. With a trip to Montreal on Saturday, don't be surprised on Friday if the Caps make another recall to Herhsey, whether it be Stephenson or another forward, to give the team an extra man.
In 41 games this season with the Bears, Stephenson has earned 24 points and ranks fifth on the team in assists (18).
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What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals at Canadiens will be broadcast on CSN Mid-Atlantic. (CSN channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals at Canadiens game on CSN's live stream page.
WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-CANADIENS GAME?
The Capitals take on the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m. ET
WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-CANADIENS GAME ON?
The Capitals at Canadiens game will be broadcast on CSN Mid-Atlantic at 7:00 p.m. ET with Capitals Extra recapping all the action following the game. (CSN channel Finder)
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The Capitals Tuesday night released their 2017-18 promotional schedule. This season’s promotions include several giveaways and theme nights.
The giveaways include a schedule magnet on opening night (Oct. 7 vs. Canadiens), a Zamboni gravy boat (Nov. 22 vs. Senators), a puck bottle opener (March 16 vs. Islanders) and a T.J. Oshie bobblehead (March 20 vs. Stars.)
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Among the theme nights are Military Appreciation Night (Feb. 20 vs. Lightning) and Hockey is for Everyone Night (Feb. 24 vs. Sabres.)
The calendar also includes a few games with a focus on community involvement. There will be a canned food drive before Thanksgiving (Nov. 18 vs. Wild) and a #CapsCare toy drive prior to Christmas (Dec. 8 vs. Rangers.)
Here is the full release with a link to the entire promotional calendar.
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