Monumental Sports Network, formerly known as NBC Sports Washington, announced their Capitals-related TV schedule for the 2023-24 season on Wednesday.
The regional channel will air 69 of the team’s 82 regular season matchups and five of their six preseason games.
That coverage begins on Sunday when the Caps square off with the Buffalo Sabres at Capital One Arena to open their preseason slate.
Joe Beninati, Craig Laughlin, and Al Koken will all be returning for the gameday broadcast while Alexa Landestoy and Alan May will continue their pre and postgame responsibilities.
Thirteen Caps games will air exclusively via national TV providers, including their season-opening Home Opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 13. That game will be live on ESPN+ and Hulu.
The full schedule is below.
Monumental Sports Network officially went live on September 20, exactly a year after the network was acquired by Monumental Sports & Entertainment.
For those that listen to the action on the radio, 106.7 The Fan (FM) is returning as the team’s flagship station while WFED 1500 AM and Caps Radio 24/7 will serve as their AM and online providers.
Here is the Capitals’ full release:
Capitals Announce 2023-24 Regional TV & Radio Schedule
Monumental Sports Network’s Live-Game Schedule Features 69 Regular-Season & 5 Preseason Matchups
106.7 The Fan Returns as Caps Radio Network Flagship Station, WFED 1500 AM and Caps Radio 24/7 to Serve as AM, Online Homes
ARLINGTON, Va. – Monumental Sports Network today announced its inaugural coverage of the Washington Capitals’ 2023-24 NHL season, highlighted by a 74-game schedule of live coverage, comprehensive gameday programs; and extensive multiplatform content on the new Monumental Sports Network app.
Monumental Sports Network will present live coverage of 69 of the Capitals’ 82 regular-season games and a five-game schedule of preseason contests, which begins Sunday, Sept. 24, versus Buffalo at 2 p.m. For the Capitals’ season-opening game on Friday, Oct. 13 versus Pittsburgh, which will air on ESPN+/Hulu, Monumental Sports Network will broadcast special pregame coverage featuring player interviews and analysis from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., as well as a post-game show following the game’s conclusion. Monumental Sports Network’s regular-season game coverage will start with the Capitals’ second game, Monday, Oct. 16, versus Calgary at 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 27th consecutive season together in their respective roles. Al Koken will continue to provide exclusive in-game interviews and updates from ice level for Capitals home and road games.
Monumental Sports Network will include various live game enhancements in its coverage, including player mic-ups during several games across the season, point-of-view cameras positioned on announcers to capture the most dramatic calls, unique crash box camera angles positioned closer to the ice for a new look at live game action, behind-the-scenes and point-of-view cameras outside the Capitals’ locker-room for home games and wireless cameras throughout Capital One Arena to capture fan excitement and reactions.
Monumental Sports Network will surround Capitals games with live gameday programs Capitals Pregame Live and Capitals Postgame Live. The shows will provide news, analysis and commentary for a half hour before and one hour after games. The shows will be hosted by Alexa Landestoy and feature analysis from Alan May, with Beninati and Laughlin contributing to coverage. Brent Johnson and Koken will make regular appearances on the pregame and postgame programs throughout the season.
Monumental Sports Network’s live coverage, including pregame and postgame shows, will be available to authenticated TV subscribers on the platform’s new app. The app will also provide access to new, original programming produced by the Network such as Hometown with Rachel Nichols, which will tell the stories and show the personalities of the team’s players, coaches, and staff.
Comprehensive multimedia content covering the Capitals will continue to be provided across Monumental Sports Network’s digital properties. Exclusive news, analysis, commentary and information will be available daily by a team of multiplatform content creators.
As previously announced, the Capitals will have 14 nationally televised games, including six games on TNT, two games on ABC and four games on ESPN. In addition, five of Washington’s games will also be available on ESPN+, while two will be available on Hulu.
The Capitals Radio Network will provide live audio of every game this season. 106.7 The Fan, one of the region’s strongest radio signals, will again serve as the flagship station, with WFED 1500 AM and Caps Radio 24/7, the team’s 24-hour streaming audio channel, continuing as AM and online homes of the Capitals Radio Network, respectively. The Capitals Radio Network includes 14 different stations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. Play-by-play announcer John Walton will return for his 13th season calling the action, while former Capital Ken Sabourin enters his 21st season as analyst.
Capitals Radio Network coverage will include 15 minutes of pregame and 30 minutes of postgame coverage, highlighted by player interviews and live audio of head coach Spencer Carbery’s postgame press conference. The pregame and postgame shows will be hosted by Ben Raby.
Caps Radio 24/7 also streams live audio of select Hershey Bears and South Carolina Stingrays games, as well as Caps Talk. Caps Radio 24/7 also includes round-the-clock news updates, player interviews and music selected by players, coaches, fans and staff. Caps Radio 24/7 can be accessed, free of charge, via the Caps Mobile App radio button, the TuneIn radio app and online at CapsRadio24/7.com.
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