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Game 70: Capitals vs. Predators date, time, how to watch, game thread

Game 70: Capitals vs. Predators date, time, how to watch, game thread

The Capitals snapped a four-game losing streak on Tuesday with a win over the Minnesota Wild. Now they will look to make it two in a row against another Western Conference opponent as they host the Nashville Predators. Washington hopes Alex Ovechkin is back on track after snapping his goalless drought. Kevin Shattenkirk will also return after serving a two-game suspension, but will Nate Schmidt still be in the lineup as well?

What: Washington Capitals vs. Nashville Predators

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET. (Capitals GameTime gets things started at 6:30 p.m. ET)

How to Watch: Capitals vs. Predators will be broadcast on CSN. (Channel Finder)

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

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-PREDATORS GAME?

The Capitals (45-17-7) take on the Predators (34-24-11) Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Verizon Center.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-PREDATORS GAME ON?

The Capitals-Predators game will be broadcast on CSN. Capitals GameTime gets things started at 6:30 p.m. ET with Capitals Extra recapping the all the action following the game and Caps in 30 at 11 p.m. (CSN channel Finder)

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-PREDATORS GAME?

The Capitals-Predators 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-PREDATORS GAME?

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

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

Defense

Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Nate Schmidt - Kevin Shattenkirk

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches
Brooks Orpik, Taylor Chorney

CAPITALS-PREDATORS 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 flex their scoring depth with feat they have not accomplished since 2014

Capitals flex their scoring depth with feat they have not accomplished since 2014

Since drafting Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, the Capitals have built an entire team around its superstar forwards. As they go, so go the Caps. The 2016 playoffs showed, however, that a strong supporting cast is just as important in a Stanley Cup run than the top playmakers. With that in mind, Wednesday's result was a very good sign for the Caps.

In a 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche, five differently players scored for Washington. None of those five players were Ovechkin or Backstrom. In fact, both Ovechkin and Backstrom were held without a single point in the win.

How rare is that? Washington has scored five or more goals in 20 games this season and either Backstrom or Ovechkin had at least one point in every one of them until Wednesday.

The last time the Caps scored five or more goals in a game and Ovechkin and Backstrom were held without a point was April 23, 2015 in a 5-1 playoff win over the New York Islanders. The last time it happened in the regular season was on Dec. 18, 2014 in a 5-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Getting increased scoring depth was a major focus for the Caps heading into the 2016-17 season after seeing the Pittsburgh Penguins' depth carry them to a Stanley Cup in 2016. Obviously, Washington will need production from its top two playmakers in the postseason in order to be successful, but the fact that they can rely on their depth at times when they need to is a really good sign.

With just six games left to go in the regular season, the Caps are showing they have the depth to make a run in 2017.

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Washingtonians get up close and personal view of Stanley Cup on tour of nation's capital

Washingtonians get up close and personal view of Stanley Cup on tour of nation's capital

The Stanley Cup is the top prize in hockey and the most beautiful trophy in all of sports.

On Thursday morning, keeper of the cup Phillip Pritchard was in Washington, D.C. with Lord Stanley's Cup for a special tour of the nation's capital as part of a promotion for the NHL on NBC and the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begin Wednesday, April 12.

After a quick stop at the CSN office in Bethesda, Md., The Cup made its way downtown to take in some of the sights and sounds from the National Mall and other notable D.C. landmarks.

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The Cup's itinerary for Thursday is as follows:

9:45 a.m. — Lincoln Memorial

11:30 a.m. — White House

Noon — Freedom Plaza

1:30 p.m. — Farragut Square

2:30 p.m. — 7th Street NW

5:00 p.m. — U.S. Capitol, 3rd Street

We understand if you're uneasy about seeing the Stanley Cup in Washington, D.C., before the playoffs begin, but it's hard to pass up a chance to hang out with the greatest trophy in all of sports.