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Pair of Capitals named to Metropolitan team for All-Star game

Pair of Capitals named to Metropolitan team for All-Star game

Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby will be Los Angeles-bound later this month after being tapped Tuesday to represent the Metropolitan Division at the NHL All-Star game.

The game is January 29th at Staples Center, home of the Kings.

Ovechkin has been named to the game a franchise-record eight times, while Holtby, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, joins Olie Kolzig as the only Capitals’ netminders to be chosen twice.

Once again, the All-Star Game format will be a 3-on-3 tournament. Each of the divisional teams will square off in a 20-minute semifinal. The winners will then play for the championship.

Ovechkin has five goals and six assists in the five all-star games in which he’s played. (The Caps’ captain did not play in the 2011-12 game and missed last year’s game with an injury). Holtby, meantime, made eight saves on 10 shots in his first All-Star Game appearance.

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A year ago, fans voted Ovechkin to serve as the Metro Division captain. That honor this year belongs to Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who leads the league with 26 goals.

The all-star accolades arrive as Ovechkin and Holtby are hitting their stride for the Caps, who have won six in a row and are 13-2-3 in their last 18 games.

On Monday in Montreal, Ovechkin tied Canadiens’ legend Maurice “Rocket” Richard for 29th on the all-time goals list with No. 544. The 31-year-old also moved to within a point of 1,000 for his career. He’ll get the chance to reach that milestone Wednesday when Washington hosts Pittsburgh on national television. 

Whenever Ovechkin gets there, he’ll become the 84 player in NHL history to reach the plateau and the fourth Russian-born player to do so, joining Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Mogilny and Alexei Kovalev.

Holtby is tied for the league lead in shutouts (5). The 27-year-old also ranks second in goals against average (1.90) and third in save percentage (.931).

In addition, Greg Smith, Washington’s longtime athletic trainer has been selected as the Eastern Conference’s head trainer. Smith is in his 17th season with the Capitals.  

CSN is sending a crew to Los Angeles to cover Ovechkin, Holtby and the rest of the all-star festivities. So keep an eye out for our Caps-specific coverage later this month.

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Game 74: Capitals vs. Coyotes date, time, how to watch, game thread

Game 74: Capitals vs. Coyotes date, time, how to watch, game thread

After a four-game losing streak, the Caps are back with three straight wins and a five-game point streak. On Saturday they face an absolute must-win game against the lowly Arizona CoyotesMaintaining a sense of urgency down the stretch of the season was a problem for Washington last year, but a tight race in the Metropolitan Division means the Caps need points to maintain first place. That means they can't afford to leave two points on the table against a scuffling team like the Coyotes.

What: Washington Capitals vs. Arizona Coyotes

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. Coyotes will be broadcast on CSN Plus. (Channel Finder)

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

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-COYOTES GAME?

The Capitals (48-17-8) take on the Coyotes (27-38-9) Saturday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Verizon Center.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-COYOTES GAME ON?

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

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-COYOTES GAME?

The Capitals-Coyotes 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-COYOTES GAME?

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

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

Defense

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

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches
Paul Carey, Nate Schmidt, Taylor Chorney

CAPITALS-COYOTES 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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Penn Quarter Q&A: Is there there a double standard for Sidney Crosby?

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Penn Quarter Q&A: Is there there a double standard for Sidney Crosby?

In this week's Penn Quarter Sports Tavern Q&A, Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan talk about Sidney Crosby's recent shenanigans and whether the lack of punishment shows a clear double standard for him, just what the Caps are going to do about T.J. Oshie's contract, possible first round opponents for the playoffs and more!

Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan are back to answer your Caps questions on the Q&A! Send in those questions and they will answer live!

Posted by CSN Mid-Atlantic on Friday, March 24, 2017

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