What channel is Capitals vs. Blues on today? Time, TV schedule for NHL's opening night 2019

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NHL hockey is back, and the action kicks off with an exciting matchup between two champions.

The defending Stanley Cup winner St. Louis Blues will face off against the 2018 Cup champion Washington Capitals in their season opener Wednesday.

Before the game, the Blues will raise their Stanley Cup banner to the rafters and look to pick up where they left off last year. In the meantime, the Caps will look to start their season on the right foot after a disappointing first-round exit at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes in April.

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St. Louis had a relatively quiet summer until a blockbuster trade took place in the final week of training camp, where they acquired puck-moving blueliner Justin Faulk in exchange for longtime Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson and several other pieces.

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With a stronger backend, also featuring the likes of Alex Pietrangelo and Colton Parayko, as well as Jordan Binnington between the pipes, St. Louis has a stronger defense, but also one that can serve as a catalyst for more offense moving forward, especially with Faulk now in the mix.

In the meantime, Washington was relatively busy, but in a different sense — it spent the offseason strengthening the bottom six to add more secondary scoring with Richard Panik, Garnet Hathaway and Brendan Leipsic now a part of their offensive arsenal, replacing Brett Connolly and Co.

With more stability and depth on the forward lines, Washington also made changes to the defense corps, trading Matt Niskanen to Philadelphia in exchange for Radko Gudas while also relying on young defenders in Jonas Siegenthaler, Tyler Lewington and 19-year-old Martin Fehervary.

Still, the Capitals will have to make do against a tough Blues team without the services of Evgeny Kuznetsov, who was suspended for three games for "inappropriate conduct" after testing positive for cocaine in the summer, and Michal Kempny, who is still recovering from a torn hamstring he suffered in March against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Here's more on how to watch the second game of the 2019-20 NHL campaign, including the time, TV channel and full opening night schedule.

What channel is Capitals vs. Blues on today?

  • TV channel: NBCSN (national)

  • Live stream: fuboTV

The game will be featured as part of NBCSN's "Wednesday Night Hockey." Viewers can also stream the game on fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

NBC's hockey broadcast will again be led by NHL commentators Mike "Doc" Emrick (play-by-play) and Eddie Olczyk (analyst), who are on the call for Capitals vs. Blues, along with Brian Boucher inside the glass.

Capitals vs. Blues: What time is puck drop?

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 2

  • Start time: 8 p.m. ET

Wednesday's game is set to begin at 8 p.m. ET. This is one of just two times that these teams will play each other during the regular season; they next face off in March.

One player to watch will be Caps captain Alex Ovechkin, who is tied for most goals (10) and points (17) in season-opening matchups. In the 2017-18 campaign, he had back-to-back hat-tricks in his first two games, including a four-goal performance in the first game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Both St. Louis and Washington won their first Cup titles in the last two years, the first times a team has captured its first title since the Los Angeles Kings won in 2012.

NHL opening night TV schedule

Time (ET)

Matchup

TV channel

7 p.m.

Senators vs. Maple Leafs

Sportsnet

8 p.m.

Capitals vs. Blues

NBCSN, fuboTV

10 p.m.

Canucks vs. Oilers

Sportsnet

10:30 p.m.

Sharks vs. Golden Knights

NBCSN, fuboTV

Blues schedule 2019

Here are the St. Louis Blues' next five games.

Game

Date

Time

Channel

vs. Dallas Stars

Oct. 5

8 p.m. ET

FS-MW, FS-SW

at Toronto Maple Leafs

Oct. 7

7 p.m. ET

FS-MW, NHLN, TVAS, TSN4

at Ottawa Senators

Oct. 10

7:30 p.m. ET

FS-MW, RDSI, TSN5

at Montreal Canadiens

Oct. 12

7 p.m. ET

FS-MW, NHLN, CITY, TVAS

at New York Islanders

Oct. 14

1 p.m. ET

FS-MW, MSG+

Capitals schedule 2019

Here are the Washington Capitals' next five games.

Game

Date

Time

TV Channel

at New York Islanders

Oct. 4

7 p.m. ET

NBCSWA, MSG+

at Washington Capitals

Oct. 5

7 p.m. ET

NBCSWA, FS-CR

vs. Dallas Stars

Oct. 8

7 p.m. ET

NBCSWA, FS-SW

at Nashville Predators

Oct. 10

8 p.m. ET

NBCSW, FS-TN

at Dallas Stars

Oct. 12

8 p.m. ET

NBCSW, FS-SW

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