BETHESDA, Md. - CSN Mid-Atlantic will provide comprehensive multiplatform coverage of the Washington Capitals' 2017 first-round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, highlighted by live coverage of the first five potential games, beginning with Game 1 on Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m., as well as Game 7, if necessary.
CSN's live-game coverage, along with pregame and postgame shows, will continue to be available on CSNmidatlantic.com and the NBC Sports app during the playoffs.
CSN will surround all seven potential first-round games with more than two hours of live Capitals news, analysis and commentary with one-hour editions of Caps GameTime before games and expanded postgame coverage on Caps Extra and the new Caps Overtime. Extensive Capitals coverage will also be delivered throughout the postseason across CSN's online, mobile and social media platforms, led by CSNmidatlantic.com.
A pair of specials will begin CSN's playoff Capitals coverage tonight and tomorrow. Caps Playoff Preview will be presented tonight (Monday, April 10) at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 11, at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. CSNmidatlantic.com will stream coverage of Capitals practice live from Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday at 11 a.m., which will also be presented on CSN as a 30-minute special, Capitals Practice Live, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
CSN's multiple daily editions of Geico SportsNet Central will also provide expanded coverage of the Capitals during the playoffs. Capitals-related talk, debate and interviews will be featured on Geico SportsTalk Live each weeknight and on 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m.
LIVE GAME COVERAGE
CSN's live coverage of the series will begin with Game 1 on Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at Verizon Center. CSN will also present Game 2 on April 15 at 7 p.m., Game 3 on April 17 at 7 p.m. and Game 4 on April 19 at 7 p.m. If necessary, CSN will also present Game 5 on April 21 and Game 7 on April 25. Television information for Game 6 on April 23 has not been announced. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati, analyst Craig Laughlin and reporter Al Koken will continue to lead CSN's live game coverage in the postseason.
One-hour editions of Caps GameTime will lead in to every postseason matchup, with expanded versions of Caps Extra providing postgame analysis, commentary and fan interaction for at least 45 minutes. The live gameday shows will be hosted alternately by Jill Sorenson and Rob Carlin and will feature former Capitals Alan May and Brent Johnson, as well as Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir and other contributors and special guests.
New this postseason is Caps Overtime, which will follow Caps Extra after every game for a half hour. The high-energy, interactive format will take a fan-focused approach to covering the game's top moments and most compelling storylines. Caps Overtime will feature a rotating group of personalities and insiders, including Courtney Laughlin and 106.7 the Fan's Grant Paulsen.
ONLINE, MOBILE & SOCIAL CONTENT
CSN's digital media properties, highlighted by CSNmidatlantic.com, will continue to feature extensive Capitals coverage throughout the playoffs. Comprehensive written, video and interactive content will be delivered across the network's online, mobile and social media platforms. Fans can follow Capitals coverage on Twitter at @CSNCapitals and can connect with CSN on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snap at @CSNMA.
CSN Mid-Atlantic, part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, is the official sports network of the NHL's Washington Capitals, NBA's Washington Wizards, NFL's Washington Redskins and ACC. CSN Mid-Atlantic - the leading multiplatform sports media organization serving the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia - delivers more than 400 live events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming. CSN Mid-Atlantic's digital portfolio, highlighted by CSNmidatlantic.com, is the region's top source for written, video and interactive sports content.