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Washington Capitals Quick Hits: Local TV Schedule, Ovechkin and Player Lockout Plans

Following the announcement of the Washington Capitals national television schedule, Capitals fan received news that Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic will televise 70 of the Capitals regular season games. The twelve games that won’t be televised on Comcast Sportsnet will be televised on the NBC Sports Network and NBC.

Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic will continue their in depth coverage of the Washington Capitals, producing a pregame and post-game show like in past years. Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin will provide play by play coverage and Al Koken will deliver in game reports as their rink side reporter.

The first game to be covered by Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic is set for October 12th when the Capitals square off against the New Jersey Devils in Washington’s first regular season game. This date is clearly in questions however, as the NHL collective bargaining agreement expires on September 15th with both sides not close to a new deal.

CBA Notes

The NHL and NHLPA held informal talks today after time away from the negotiating table when the NHL decided to end discussions. The NHLPA hopes that today’s two sessions, one in the morning and one in the late afternoon, can be a springboard to more serious and more formal negotiations bringing the two sides closer to a deal.

How does lockout affect Capitals players?

Washington Capitals’ superstar, Alex Ovechkin announced today he would head to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) if a lockout occurs. You can view my article on his decision here. Expect Braden Holtby and Dmitry Orlov to be sent to the Capitals AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears when the lockout starts. Other Capitals players could head to European or Russian leagues like Ovechkin, or stay in North American to prepare for a late start at another rink not associated with the Capitals.

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