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Thursday, October 3rd (All times Eastern)

Calgary Flames (0-0-0) at Washington Capitals (0-1-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will shoot for a win in their home opener on Thursday when they welcome the Calgary Flames to the Verizon Center.

The Capitals are coming off a loss in their season opener in Chicago, as the Blackhawks followed up their Stanley Cup championship banner raising ceremony with Tuesday's 6-4 victory at the United Center.

Washington took a 4-3 lead after Mikhail Grabovski scored his second and third goals of the game early in the third period, but the defending champs tallied three unanswered scores to earn the victory,

Grabovski, who was signed to a one-year deal in the offseason, notched a hat trick and an assist in his Capitals debut. Ovechkin added a goal and an assist in the loss, while Washington goaltender Braden Holtby was tagged for five goals on 34 shots.

"Our turnovers gave them momentum and gave them some life," Capitals head coach Adam Oates said. "They've got a good hockey team. It's hard to play that way."

Washington will play six of its next seven games on home ice. The Caps are set to visit Dallas on Saturday before returning to D.C. for a five-game homestand.

After losing a couple of franchise players in the past calendar year, the Flames, who are beginning their regular season on Thursday, enter the 2013-14 campaign stuck in rebuilding mode. Two particular departures signaled the change, as the club traded away all-time franchise great Jarome Iginla at last year's trade deadline and longtime starting goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff officially announced his retirement after the 2013 campaign.

Bob Hartley is back behind the bench for the Flames, as takes on the unenviable task of molding this unimpressive mix of prospects and veterans into something that resembles a legitimate NHL team.

With Iginla gone the Flames lack a go-to offensive weapon to rely on, meaning winger Mike Cammalleri will be saddled with that role by default. Unfortunately, Cammalleri is dealing with a hand injury at the moment and is out indefinitely.

In the absence of a true offensive weapon, Calgary is hoping left winger Sven Baertschi can take a big leap forward in 2013-14. The 13th overall pick of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft played in 20 games for the Flames in 2013 and although he only recorded three goals and seven assists, nine of his 10 points came over the last seven games of the season.

If Baertschi is able to make significant strides in 2013-14, this massive rebuilding project would suddenly look a little easier to pull off.

When Kiprusoff officially announced his retirement earlier this month it made Karri Ramo the club's de facto No. 1 goaltender and he is expected to get the start over backup Joey MacDonald in Thursday's opener.

Ramo spent the last four seasons with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League, but the 27-year-old does have NHL experience on his resume. The Finnish backstop saw action in 48 games over the course of three seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but last suited up in an NHL game in 2009.

Although Ramo became an All-Star while playing in Russia he still has a great deal to prove at the NHL level. He was just 11-21-0 with a lofty 3.35 goals against average during his time with the Lightning.

Teams from opposing conferences did not face each other during the lockout- shortened season of 2013, so this is the first meeting between the Flames and Caps since Washington notched a 3-1 home win on Jan. 3, 2012.

All told, Washington has won two straight and four of its last six meetings against the Flames. Ovechkin has six goals and six assists in six career games versus Calgary.

10/03 10:59:10 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
11:05am Today
BOS
BAL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
ARI
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
TEX
 
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
HOU
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
Final
HOU 120
POR 122
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
GSW
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
Final
SJS 7
LOS 2
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
COL
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
9:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR