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Lots Happening for Washington Capitals as 2021 Season about to start

Excitement is starting to build as the Washington Capitals have a few bits of news prior to the start of the season.

NBC Sports Washington announced its coverage of the Washington Capitals’ 2020-21 NHL regular season, highlighted by an extensive schedule of live-game coverage; new one-hour gameday programs; and comprehensive written, video and audio content on NBCSportsWashington.com and the MyTeams app.

NBC Sports Washington will present live coverage of 49 of the Capitals’ 56 regular-season games, starting with the team’s season-opener at Buffalo on Jan. 14 (7 p.m.) Live-game coverage will again be led by Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati and game analyst Craig Laughlin, who are entering their 24th consecutive season together in their respective roles.

The Capitals’ entire regular-season schedule will be available on NBC Sports Group platforms. As previously announced, the Capitals are scheduled to be featured on seven nationally exclusive telecasts this season, with five games on NBC and two on NBCSN. The Capitals will make seven additional non-exclusive appearances on NBCSN, which will be available to viewers outside of the Washington/Baltimore region.

This season, NBC Sports Washington will surround Capitals games with expanded and enhanced gameday programs Capitals Pregame Live and Capitals Postgame Live. The one-hour shows will provide news, analysis and commentary before and after games, delivered through the perspectives and insights of a cast of former players, NHL experts, team insiders and special guests.

Capitals Pregame Live and Capitals Postgame Live will be hosted by Alexa Shaw and feature a stable of experienced voices, highlighted by Alan May, the veteran analyst and former Capitals player, and contributor Nick Ashooh. Other experts set to make regular appearances include longtime Capitals reporter Al Koken, former Capitals goaltender Brent Johnson, and Bruce Boudreau, who served as head coach of the Capitals from 2008 to 2011 during a 13-season NHL coaching career

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NBC Sports Washington’s live Capitals coverage, including gameday shows, will continue to be available to authenticated subscribers to stream live on the MyTeams app and NBCSportsWashington.com.

Comprehensive written, video and audio content covering the Capitals and the NHL will continue to be provided across NBC Sports Washington’s digital properties. Exclusive news, analysis, commentary and information will be available daily by Capitals reporter JJ Regan and a team of multiplatform content creators. The full stable of NBC Sports Washington’s hosts, analysts and writers will regularly provide news, analysis, perspective and interviews on the Capitals Talk podcast.

Also the team’s Community Relations efforts continue as one of the most recent events in the Dowd’s Crowd holiday fundraiser, created by Capitals forward Nic Dowd and his wife Paige, raised $8,558 for families of DC Public Schools (DCPS) students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Dowds, through MSE Foundation, purchased Walmart gift cards for 16 DCPS students with ASD for the holidays.

Two experiences that included two of the Dowd’s personal lower-bowl tickets to a future Capitals home game and post-game meet and greet with Dowd sold for $1,500 each, with a virtual meet and greet with Nic and Paige Dowd selling for $1,000. In addition, silent auction items raised more than $2,000 and fan donations totaled $1,565.

“Engaging with the autism community is incredibly important to Paige and me, and we are grateful for any support toward our program,” said Nic Dowd. “Paige and I founded Dowd’s Crowd to provide children with autism the opportunity to comfortably attend Capitals games, and we are excited to continue to expand our efforts this holiday season through the fundraiser.”

The Dowds created Dowd’s Crowd in 2018 to provide the opportunity for children with sensory issues to be able to attend and enjoy a Caps game. The Dowds believe that all Caps fans should feel comfortable in the stands and they wanted to help make that happen through the program. Tickets and a Dowd’s Crowd branded sensory kit are provided to recipients and the Dowds meet the families postgame. The Dowds were inspired to launch the program due to Paige’s education in Speech Pathology in college.

For more information on the Washington Capitals fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://www.nhl.com/capitals

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