Negotiations between the NHL and its players union resumetoday in New Yorkas the two try to salvage what already will be a shortened regular season.I think the really unfortunate part of where we are is notonly the fact that weve done significant damage to this season's revenues,NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Nasvhille Tennessean, but the bottom line is, bymissing games, by missing training camp, by being in a labor dispute and a workstoppage, we're certainly risking and threatening a slowdown to some of themomentum that we've had or been able to generate some of the popularity we'vebeen able to build throughout the league, including in some of thenon-traditional markets.And I think the longer-term impact of that dynamic is as scary as anythingelse to us, and something we jointly should have an interest in trying tominimize at this point.One of the many sticking points between the owners and players is thedistribution of league revenue and how to support the NHLs small-market teams likethe Predators, Coyotes, Islanders, Panthers and Blue Jackets.The NHL has proposed a plan in which 190 million will go towardsmall-market teams. The players have crafted a plan that has 260 milliongoing to those teams.Were suggesting using less room on the top end and moreroom on the bottom end as a way of constructing the range that's more friendlyto small markets, Daly said, but also creates a dynamic where there will beless player escrow, so there will be less dollars at risk for the players.For more of Dailys interview with the Tennesean,click here
Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen left Wednesday's game in the first period after a dangerous hit from Patrice Bergeron and would not return.
Late in the first, Niskanen was drilled head-first into the boards by Bergeron. While it appeared that Niskanen skated into Bergeron's path, the hit was made more egregious as Bergeron extended his arms to follow through on the hit.
You can see the play in the video above.
Bergeron was issued a minor penalty on the play.
The Capitals first reported Niskanen was probable to return. Then at the start of the third period, he was declared out.
#Caps Matt Niskanen won't return to tonight's game and will be re-evaluated tomorrow.— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) December 8, 2016
Caps radio play-by-play announcer John Walton reported Niskanen was being held out for "precautionary reasons."
Caps look to build on Monday's win as they host the Boston Bruins. Tune in to NBCSN at 8 p.m. or stream it via the NBC Sports. Here is everything you need to know:
What: Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC
When: Wednesday, 12/7 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
How to Watch: The game will be broadcast on NBCSN.
When is the Capitals-Bruins game?
The Capitals (14-7-3) play the Boston Bruins (15-10-1) Monday at 8:00 p.m. ET.
What channel is the Capitals-Bruins game on?
The Capitals-Bruins game is broadcast on NBCSN.
Where can I stream the Capitals-Bruins game?
The Capitals-Bruins game is available to stream via the NBC Sports App.
What are the lines for the Capitals-Bruins game?
Based on Wednesday's morning skate, here are the projected lines:
Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Andre Burakovsky - Lars Eller - Jakub Vrana
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Brooks Orpik - Nate Schmidt
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup
Brett Connolly, Taylor Chorney
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