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WASHINGTON - The Capitals are off this weekend for the annual All-Star break and will reconvene Monday for a skate at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The Caps then begin a three-game road trip Tuesday in Tampa Bay.
Between now and Tuesday's game against the Lightning, D.C. puckheads searching for their hockey fix won't have to look very far:
- Friday, Jan. 27, 7:30pm, NBC Sports Network: One of hockey's oldest rivalries will be renewed Friday as the Yale Bulldogs visit the Harvard Crimson in NCAA Men's Hockey action.The game airs on the NBC Sports Network beginning at 7:30 p.m. with the radio voice of the Washington Capitals, John Walton calling the play-by-play. Walton, who says he last called an NCAA game in 2001 when Miami (Ohio) faced Ryan Miller and Michigan State, will work alongside former Boston Bruin and New York Islander General Manager Mike Milbury.
- Saturday, Jan. 28, 6pm, WFED 1500AM & www.wfed.com: It's an All-Star Weekend edition of Saturday Night Caps as we look back at the first half of the Caps 2011-12 campaign. Along with John Walton, Ken Sabourin and Ben Raby, guests this week include Comcast Sportsnet's Al Koken, Capitals forward Mathieu Perreault, and Ottawa Senators play-by-play voice Dean Brown.
- Sunday, Jan. 29, 4pm, WFED 1500AM & www.wfed.com: The 58th NHL All-Star Game goes Sunday afternoon from Ottawa, Ontario and can be heard exclusively in D.C. on WFED 1500AM. Coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. as Doug Brown hosts the NHL Radio pregame show. Dean Brown will work the radio play-by-play alongside color analyst Gord Wilson. Dennis Wideman is the lone Capitals representative in the NHL's midseason classic.
- Monday, Jan. 30, 7pm, CSN Washington: The American Hockey League's All-Star Game goes Monday night from Atlantic City. The game will air locally on Comcast Sportsnet with local Caps broadcasters Joe Beninati, Craig Laughlin and Alan May on the call. Three Hershey Bears will represent the Eastern Conference with Keith Aucoin, Chris Bourque and Boyd Kane all appearing in the AHL's midseason classic. Aucoin is appearing in his record-tying sixth AHL All-Star Game, and he leads the AHL in scoring this season with 68 points in 41 games. Bourque is second in league scoring with 62 points in 41 games. Kane, who made the Caps opening night roster in 2009-10 will captain the Eastern Conference all-stars.
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