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Preseason Broadcast Schedule

From the Caps:

Washington Capitals fans can listen to all seven preseason games this year on, and fans in the D.C. market can watch the three preseason home games live online. The Capitals will take the ice for their first preseason game at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center :PlaceType in Raleigh .
Washington's final four preseason games will also be available on WFED 1500 AM and WWFD 820 AM, starting with the Sept. 29 road tilt against the New Jersey Devils. Steve Kolbe , the radio voice of the Capitals for the past 11 years, and senior writer Mike Vogel will call the road preseason action. Kolbe and former Capital Ken Sabourin will call the action at home games.

Many of you had been asking about the preseason broadcast schedule. As you can see, none of the game are on TV, but you still can follow the action on your computer or radio.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 23, 2008; 6:28 PM ET
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Posted by: KENWOOD | September 23, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Awesome. Too bad carolina is not broadcasting games on their site, I have class thursday night and cant make or watch the home game :(

Posted by: sk8ersublime | September 23, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Does the NHL have an equivalent to MLB.TV?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

hmm... i don't get why the online streaming video is only available in DC. it's not like it would be competing with other tv feeds. i mean if the other team is showing the game on their local tv station than only the people who ip address is in that state should be blocked. i'm in boston for example and don't see why i'll be prevented from watching.

Posted by: ranndino | September 23, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

@ anon

yes, nhl center ice online.

Posted by: ranndino | September 23, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Just when the Caps start enjoying success, they are even harder to find on the radio!

Posted by: Leeguru | September 23, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

How come only "fans in the D.C. market can watch the three preseason home games live online." Online typically doesn't matter where you are located.

Any explanation for this? Or even where online you can watch it?

Posted by: Graig From Parkville | September 23, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Why is the STH function on a *$&$& (#^%@%^& Thursday night?

Posted by: Steve R | September 23, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Its right around the corner, I can taste it... i feel like a smoker again, Tarik, a smoker!
it might be the drinking.

Posted by: mojito | September 23, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sure Kenwood was first on that one.
STH on Thursday cause Thursday is the new Friday--when suburban sth's go/stay out downtown.

Posted by: redlineblue | September 23, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I know - I was bummed. Not sure if I can go or not (esp since I have plans the night before and will be at the game the night after). Can we give those tickets away, or do we have to use them since our names are on them?

Posted by: Boo! | September 23, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Good to live in Boston where the Caps-Bruins game is on NESN this Saturday

Posted by: nhcaps | September 23, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I just read your previous post about Nyls - before I got to the end, I just knew that you wrote it! :-) I must say, I agree with you completely. I will be curious to see how that one plays out.

A lot of the guys were missing last night; not sure what that says?!? Anyway, I did not hear you yell in front of the stage last night ... I'm not sure what that meant, but it made me laugh! :-)

I read what you wrote about Ovie - I actually wrote that earlier just not as, uh, eloquently! ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | September 23, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

i remember last year that somebody had a link to a site that streamed all the caps games, does anybody have it?

Posted by: seahawk | September 23, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm assuming that was a joke, but they only used the guys who are locks as not tradeable this year, so they don't have to get rid of the footage like with Zubrus a few years ago.

Posted by: Anthony | September 23, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

haha thanks Boo!

Oh and if any of you can't make the STH event, I would be MORE than happy to put your voucher to good use. I only have one, and my girlfriend is giving me a minor guilt trip about being left out haha

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 24, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Not sure if anyone had posted this from CBS Sports:
"The big questions for the Caps heading into training camp is how all of the pieces will fit together and if they can recreate the magic they had last year.
They've got arguably the best player in the world in Alex Ovechkin, and he'll only get better. Nicklas Backstrom is going to be an All-Star many times and his marvelous passing can set up the offense while Alexander Semin could take his game to another level if he can keep it all together.
That's just a piece of what everyone saw last year. As long as injuries don't side-swipe the Caps, they've got the foundation for something great.
However, there's the nagging thought of if other NHL teams could be ready to handle the high-pressure forechecking system that coach Bruce Boudreau used to turn life upside down last year? Doubtful. You can know that it's coming, but to deal with it is another matter.
Plus, the Caps really bought into his style and coming out of training camp with it could make them one of the league's top-notch teams. They might already be there.
And the loss of goalie Cristobal Huet won't be that bad. Jose Theodore can carry things, and Huet's hot streak had ended and he was average at best through the first part of the Philadelphia playoff series.
If the Caps can improve the defense to the next level, they could be very tough to beat."

Got to work tomorrow night, but I will be keeping tabs on the score through the game if my phone will let me.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | September 24, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Totally agree. Why should I be prevented from watching via the net?

Where is Mauree with his streaming links when you need him.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | September 24, 2008 5:21 AM | Report abuse

OMG!!! Watching the NHL channel last night, preseason game Habs/Sabres and this ad comes on. An F-ING DVD OF CINDY CRIESBY, I almost threw up! It is even narrated in his whinny voice. The Canada-centric NHL has reached a new LOW with this. Then later another ad comes on with Cindy that fades to Gretzky to Cindy to Gretzky to Cindy to you get the idea. Crap even Gretzky has said the one player in the league who could score 90 goals is OV. I just hate all the fawning of Cindy because he is Canadian, if not for the Russian on the team the Pens would have been watching the playoffs on MaryO's big screen TV.

Posted by: Bob | September 24, 2008 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Yes, boys and girls, behold and be sick

"more humble outside the rink", GAG ME!

Posted by: Bob | September 24, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Anyone notice that today, the first day of preseason and nothing at all about any Hockey in the WasH Post.

Hey I love Tarik, but his paper gives NHL no respect.

Maybe with the Stanley Cup in Washington and a Hockey Mom as VP will it change even a little.

Posted by: RonG Capsfan | September 24, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

First day of a long journey.....

Jschon, I want a prayer, not per say for a W but for NO INJURIES!!!!

Lets go Caps!!!!

Posted by: 94 | September 24, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

You are thinking of mauree - surely he will be back this season to show us the way!

I will let you know if we end up not using it! :-)

Posted by: Boo! | September 24, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

RonG Capsfan:
Let's just hope they write about the game tomorrow and the opening of the regular season. If they don't do that, then we really have something to complain about (but I am guessing that they will be on it).

Posted by: Boo! | September 24, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

As anticipation rings through our humble blog site, we pray that our handpicked team that we sent to Raleigh returns to us victorious and injury free. We also ask you, high priest of puckhandle, that we discover Alzner is a true playa fo ril. So it is with this that we leave you ye friar of forecheck, we HATE Carolina.

Posted by: JSchon | September 24, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Greg S. | September 24, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I hear ya Brother JSchon, can I get a witness!!

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | September 24, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else notice the yellow laces Fedorov was sporting in the pictures from the last post?

Posted by: AP | September 24, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse


I know what you are saying about Crosby getting all the coverage but hockey in Canada and the US are two different things. Every kid north of the 49th grows up wanting the hoist the Stanley Cup, that is hardly the case in the US.

I'm not saying I agree with it or that Crosby's adulation is warranted but hockey will always be a minority sport in America. Just be grateful you get any hockey coverage. Think how it is to be a fan of an NHL team (or hockey in general) in England :)

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | September 24, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Dave I understand and even live with that reality calmly. But in this case it is the league, not the fans in Montreal, or the press in Toronto, but the league. It would be like the NBA not acknowledging Mike Jordan because he was not playing in NYC. Like the league ignoring Ming. I don't mind them celebrating Crosby, he is a quality player but to my mind he is a player in the mold of Adam Oates and I never saw Oates celebrated this way when he played. Crosby MAY end up with more goals than Oates, but it remains to be seen if he can pass him in helpers. In a way it is sad, reminding one of bygone days when there was always a new "Great White Hope" in boxing. Canadians may love hockey, but it is a world sport now, get over it.

Posted by: Bob | September 24, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

You got it right RonG Capsfan, the Post's recent coverage is a disgrace. Tarik does a good job, but the editors could care less about the sport. They ran a five-column story on figure skating today and not a mention of the Caps. What a joke. If you want to read about the Caps, go to the Washington Times. They've got a full feature on Karl Azner.

Posted by: Bille. B. | September 24, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I noticed Fedorov's yellow laces on Saturday at training camp. Maybe he wants to score 65 goals this year.

Posted by: Tim | September 24, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse


It definitely is a world sport, in many European countries it's given higher billing than most other sports (Czech Rep, Finland, Sweden etc) but the problem is that isn't the same in American.

The NBA analogy doesn't ring true as basketball is so huge in America that there is no way the greatest player ever would be ignored (especially as he is American).

The NHL is Canadian centric because it is their game. They invented/developed it much as basketball, baseball, American football developed from the US. Because of those origins those sports will always have a greater following in America and hockey will always be the poor relation. Also because of hockey's Canadian roots, Canadian players will always be idolised.

The amount spent on hockey per capita (merchandise, tickets, pay-per-view etc) will undoubtably be higher in Canada than in the States, so of course the league markets its "leading light" to suit that demographic. Get over it.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | September 24, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Conference summary

Washington: Good star players but no depth, teams will figure how to beat them. Last years play offs is about how good they are. Depth is a huge problem Washington is Tampa2.

Florida: Lost only decent player, added little. McCabe will get some goals but can't play in own end.

Canes: Trading in sticks for canes, ooooold. Staal is great but can he still improve more?

Atlanta: Management took off season off figured last year was good enough I guess.

Tampa: Strangest team in then NHL, some great talent but for some reason do not think goaltending matters. Hard to figure them out but may compete with Washington for division lead but how can they do well in the play offs with no goaltending? Mike Smith is the key.

Summary: Worst conference in hockey.

Note: I will be around this year so please roast me to death if I am wrong.

(from cbs.sportsline blogs)... is it me, or am I not understanding the whole depth thing?

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Posted by: 828 | September 24, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I guess having Feds, Backs and Nyls as first choice centres isn't deep enough.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | September 24, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

So am i the only one not understanding this? it says that dc area people can watch it live online but where? caps website, i searched around and didnt find anything.

Posted by: andrey sokolov | September 24, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Home games live, not tonight, tomorrow night, live online. The above idiot who thinks the Caps have no depth, also thinks the SouthEast is a conference. He is very ignorable.

Posted by: Bob | September 24, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse


My dislike of Cindy Crysby lives deep in my heart of hearts, I cling to it like an old comfortable friend. Getting over it is not an option! Go Caps!

Posted by: Bob | September 24, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Not sure if it was mentioned above, but there will be video as part of the home preseason games broadcast on If it's like last year, it will be a simulcast of the arena video feed. So we'll random shots of fans in the stands, and static images of "when the puck is in play, make sure that you're out of the way", etc.

Posted by: Chris in SS | September 24, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Don't think it has been mentioned. Tonight's game in Raleigh will be shown on the Hurricanes website.

Posted by: Zach | September 24, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Ah! Thank you so much Zach! I've been scouring around for a stream, lol.

Posted by: Dakota | September 24, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

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