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Game 67: Capitals at Kings date, time, how to watch, game thread

Game 67: Capitals at Kings date, time, how to watch, game thread

The Capitals are 5-4-1 since returning from the bye week and, after Thursday's loss in San Jose, have lost two consecutive games in regulation for just the third time this season. It's a swoon reminiscent of last season in which a Washington team that dominated the regular season slowed down in the last quarter of the season en route to a second round exit to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Caps will try to buck that trend and return to the win column on Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings.

What: Washington Capitals vs. Los Angeles Kings

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.

When: 10:30 p.m. ET. (Capitals GameTime gets things started at 10:00 p.m. ET)

How to Watch: Capitals at Kings will be broadcast on CSN Plus. (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals at Kings game on CSN's live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-KINGS GAME?

The Capitals (44-15-7) take on the Kings (32-28-6) Saturday, March 11 at 10:30 p.m. ET at Staples Center.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-KINGS GAME ON?

The Capitals-Kings game will be broadcast on CSN Plus. Capitals GameTime gets things started at 10:00 p.m. ET with Capitals Extra recapping the all the action following the game. (CSN channel Finder)

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-KINGS GAME?

The Capitals-Kings game, 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 THE CAPITALS-KINGS GAME?

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

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

Defense

Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Kevin Shattenkirk

Goalies
Philipp Grubauer starts with Braden Holtby as backup

Scratches
Nate Schmidt, Taylor Chorney

CAPITALS-KINGS OPEN THREAD

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

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals Digital Producer JJ Regan and the CSN Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and CSN's Facebook page.

Keep up with all the action here with Capitals GameZone and join in on the conversation here with Capitals Pulse.

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Capitals 2017-18 Prospect Preview: Christian Djoos

Capitals 2017-18 Prospect Preview: Christian Djoos

YOU CAN WATCH TARIK AND JILL'S FULL BREAKDOWN OF CHRISTIAN DJOOS IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE.

As we skate toward the start of the 2017-18 NHL Regular Season, our CSN Capitals team of Jill Sorenson and Tarik El-Bashir detail and analyze the Capitals roster.

They will take a look at breakout candidates, prospects on the rise, players in need of improvement and a look at the rest of the Metropolitan Division, all leading up to the start of the NHL regular season.

It's time to take a look at which top prospects have the tools to become full-time NHL players and what they have to do to get the call-up from Hershey.

Next up is Christian Djoos, a player who Capitals fans have been waiting to see in Washington for a long time.

PROSPECT PREVIEWS: Jakub Vrana | Nathan Walker | Chandler Stephenson

2017-18 CAPITALS PROSPECT PREVIEW: CHRISTIAN DJOOS

Position: Defenseman
Age: 22
Height: 6-0
Weight: 164 pounds
Contract: Two-Way in 2017-18, One-Way in 2018-19. Two-year, $1.3 Million (2017)

AHL Seasons: 3 (129 games)
2016-17 AHL Stats: 66 games, 13 goals, 45 assists, +9 plus/minus

PREVIEWING 2017-18 BREAKOUT CANDIDATES: Tom Wilson | Brett Connolly | Andre Burakovsky

Tarik El-Bashir's Prospect Preview:

Christian Djoos had a fantastic season last year, racking up 13 goals and 45 assists in just 66 games with the Hershey Bears.

In fact, his assist total was tied for the most among all AHL defensemen and his point total was third—two off the lead. (The guys ahead of him, by the way, are longtime AHL vets; Djoos is 22.)

After producing a season like that, the Caps are expected to give the 2012 seventh rounder every opportunity to earn a spot in Washington this fall. And given the team’s need to replace Nate Schmidt, it’s possible Djoos’ role could become a significant one—if, of course, he proves he can handle the duties of an NHL blue-liner at his size.

The Caps list Djoos at 6-foot, 164-pounds.

Winger T.J. Oshie is currently the lightest player on the roster at 189 pounds, while Taylor Chorney is the lightest defenseman at 191 pounds.

Bears Coach Troy Mann says he’s confident that Djoos’ can compensate for that lack of size with his high hockey I.Q. and savvy ability to avoid big and unnecessary collisions.  

“He doesn’t get a hit a lot,” Mann told CSN’s Capitals Faceoff Podcast this week.

The Caps have five defensemen under contract (Matt Niskanen, Dmitry Orlov, John Carlson, Brooks Orpik and Chorney) for next season. That’ll leave a couple of spots open, including one for a spare, when camp opens in September—and Djoos figures to head up the list of players jockeying for a job.

“I think that Djoos is a perfect candidate when you start looking at the [openings on] defense,” Mann said. “No. 1, he’s a great puck mover. You’ve really got to come to a hockey game and watch him from up top to appreciate his skill set, and his ability to break pucks out. I think the NHL in the last couple of years has certainly gone in a different direction. I don’t think you can have too many puck movers on your team, and certainly that’s something he can do.”

Djoos, who has yet to play in an NHL game, is the son of former offensive defenseman Par Djoos, who played 82 games for the Red Wings and Rangers in the early 1990’s.   

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Jill Sorenson's Prospect Analysis:

What He Has: Skill, limitless talent. "If you take a look at the highlights, what he can do is jaw-dropping. To be able to see that on the ice here in Washington will be something to behold. He's very smooth and he has great vision. Part of that is his elusiveness. He can see when someone is coming, and next thing you know he's put the puck in the back of the net."

What He Needs to Do: Size, Endurance. "This first month or two, if he makes the NHL roster, will be very, very important."

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Ovechkin's rival, countryman still hoping 'Great Eight' wins Stanley Cup

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Ovechkin's rival, countryman still hoping 'Great Eight' wins Stanley Cup

Alex Ovechkin has already cemented himself as one of the greatest goal-scorers in the history of hockey. But what continues to prevent him from really joining the discussion of being one of the three to five greatest players in NHL history is a lack opf a Stanley Cup victory.

After all, Ovechkin and the Capitals have done nearly everything there is to do but win a Stanley Cup.

But Capitals fans are not the only ones hoping that the championship feat happens before Ovechkin hangs up his skates.

Evgeni Malkin, Ovechkin's fellow countryman and three-time Stanley Cup champion forward for the Pittsburgh Penguins, is one of the many still hoping to see the Capitals' superstar hoist Lord Stanley's Cup.

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"I was a bit luckier than (Ovechkin), that’s why I won those cups,” Malkin told the Sports-Express' Igor Eronko which visiting Moscow with the Stanley Cup, the first time the top prize in hockey has made its way to Russia's capital city. 

“He has everything ahead of him. I wish him to win the cup.”

The Capitals had a series of offseason changes that saw the departures of Marcus Johansson, Justin Williams, Karl Alzner and Kevin Shattenkirk. But with Ovechkin still possessing otherworldly scoring prowess, a Vezina Trophy winner in Braden Holtby, superstar table-setter Nicklas Backstrom, scoring dynamo T.J. Oshie and a litany of young stars like Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andre Burakovsky, the window for a Stanley Cup is not closed yet.

When it does eventually close, lets hope Malkin, and the entire Capitals' fan base get to watch Ovechkin celebrate a Stanley Cup title. 

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