The National Hockey League announced today the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round schedule and broadcast information between the Washington Capitals and the Carolina Hurricanes, which begins Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Capital One Arena. Games 1, 3, 4, and if necessary, 6 and 7 will be televised on NBC Sports Washington and streamed live on the MyTeams app. Broadcast information for Games 5, 6 and 7, if necessary, will be announced at a later date.
Washington will host Game 1, Game 2 and if necessary, Game 5 and Game 7 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
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NBC Sports Washington will surround all seven potential first-round games with more than three hours of live Capitals news, analysis and commentary. Capitals Pregame Live and Caps Postgame Live will be expanded to one hour, and will continue to be preceded and followed by Caps FaceOff Live and Caps Overtime Live, respectively. In addition, Caps Gameday Live, the half-hour live-stream show, will provide gameday coverage following morning skates at 12 p.m. from Medstar Capitals IcePlex on most game days. Extensive Caps coverage will continue to be available on NBCSportsWashington.com and the MyTeams app throughout the postseason.
All Capitals playoff games will broadcast on 106.7 The Fan (when not conflicting with Washington Nationals baseball) and on 99.1 FM WDCH, and on the 24-hour radio channel, Caps Radio 24/7, devoted specifically to the Capitals. In addition to broadcasting all games, Caps Radio 24/7 will continue to provide instant news and access to the Capitals, including live game audio, exclusive Capitals playoff-related hockey content throughout the day. The channel is available through the Caps Mobile App by accessing the "Caps Radio 24/7" button at the bottom of the home screen, through WashingtonCaps.com and also through TuneIn radio, a free app that helps people find and listen to music, sports, news and talk content on the web.
The Metropolitan Division-champion Capitals will host the Hurricanes (Wild Card 1) in Game 1 of their first-ever playoff meeting. Washington is looking to become only the fourth repeat Stanley Cup champion in the last 30 years. The Capitals finished the 2018-19 season with a record of 48-26-8, claiming the Metropolitan Division for the fourth consecutive season. The Capitals became the third reigning Stanley Cup champion to win its division since 2003-04 (Bruins in 2011-12 and Red Wings in 2008-09). Additionally, the Capitals are the only team in the NHL with an active consecutive 100-point season streak with at least five seasons. It marks the first time in franchise history Washington has strung together five straight seasons with at least 100 points. Over the last four seasons, when this streak began, the Capitals are 253-115-42, and have recorded the most wins and points (548) in the NHL during that time span.
The following is the complete Capitals playoff television schedule in the Washington/Baltimore area for the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 against the Carolina Hurricanes:
Game 1: Thursday, April 11 - 7:30 p.m. Carolina at Washington - NBCSW, USA, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 2: Saturday, April 13 - 3 p.m. Carolina at Washington - NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 3: Monday, April 15 - 7 p.m. Washington at Carolina - NBCSW, CNBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 4: Thursday, April 18 - 7 p.m. Washington at Carolina - NBCSW, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 5: Saturday, April 20* - TBD Carolina at Washington - TBD
Game 6: Monday, April 22* - TBD Washington at Carolina - NBCSW, TBD
Game 7: Wednesday, April 24* - TBD Carolina at Washington - NBCSW, TBD
All times Eastern Standard Time