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
The Washington Capitals travel to Florida to face the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET on CSN Mid-Atlantic.
Here is everything you need to know:
When is the Capitals-Panthers game?
The Capitals (2-0-1) play the Florida Panthers (2-0-1) today at 7:30 p.m. ET
What channel is the Capitals-Panthers game on?
The Capitals-Panthers game is broadcast on CSN Mid-Atlantic. The coverage of the game begins at 7:00 p.m. with Capitals GameTime. The game begins at 7:30 p.m with Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin. For postgame coverage, stick around for Caps Extra following the game. (CSN channel Finder)
What are the lines for the Capitals-Panthers game?
Based on the morning skate, here are the projected lines (as reported by Isabelle Khurshudyan:
Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Andre Burakovsky
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Justin Williams
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen
Dmitry Orlov - John Carlson
Brooks Orpik - Nate Schmidt
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup
Zach Sanford, Taylor Chorney
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With three games in the books, 21 of the 22 players on the Capitals’ roster have suited up for at least one game.
The only player who hasn’t? Defenseman Taylor Chorney.
But that’s expected to change sooner than rather later.
“We’ll talk about that,” Trotz said before the Caps departed for Florida, where they'll visit the Panthers on Thursday night. “But we have to get Chor in fairly soon.”
Last season, Chorney made his season debut in the third game. He went on to play in 55 games, including a stretch of 40 straight as injuries struck the Capitals’ backend.
So far this season, though, the defensemen have remained healthy and, as a group, have been playing well. In fact, the Caps are tops in the league in shots allowed per game (23.3) and goals allowed per game (1.00).
Nevertheless, it's still important to get Chorney into the lineup, and Trotz knows it. He's said over and again that he wants to keep everyone engaged and sharp—just in case. The last forward to get into the lineup, Brett Connolly, made his season debut against the Avalanche on Tuesday.
After facing the Panthers, the Caps host the Metro Division rival Rangers on Saturday night before heading to Western Canada for a three-game swing.
“Chor is in a little bit of a situation than maybe Connolly and [rookie Zach Sanford] because they weren’t with us last year,” Trotz said. “We’ll make that decision maybe on the plane, maybe tomorrow, maybe today. But it’s something we will discuss, no question.”
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