5 Encouraging Signs for Capitals Fans as NHL Playoffs Begin
All things considered, the situation could be a lot worse for the Washington Capitals as the Eastern Conference’s third seed prepares to take on the seventh-seeded New York Islanders and their former head coach Barry Trotz in the first round of the 2020 NHL Playoffs on Wednesday in Toronto. With defenseman John Carlson, arguably the […]
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Time for Capitals to Elevate Their Game vs. Bruins
While the Washington Capitals would prefer to be playing for a chance to earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference heading into the opening round of the 2020 National Hockey League Playoffs, Sunday’s final round-robin contest against the winless Boston Bruins has taken on added importance. The game, scheduled for a noon Eastern start, […]
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Mature & Focused Ovechkin Sets Playoff Tone for Capitals
Way back in April, about five weeks after the National Hockey League shut down because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Alex Ovechkin appeared on an episode of the NBC’s Hockey at Home television show with Wayne Gretzky. The Washington Capitals’ captain was given one opportunity to ask the Great One anything he wanted. Ovechkin’s response was […]
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Reirden and Capitals Search for Plan B in Goal
Todd Reirden always has a plan. And although the Washington Capitals’ head coach usually is not particularly forthcoming with the details of his plans, you can be assured that they have been thoroughly researched, very well thought out and meticulously analyzed. He’s a details person who is looking for any edge that he can provide […]
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Revamped Capitals Defense Key to Possible Stanley Cup Run
When it comes to the Washington Capitals’ offensive capabilities, there’s no debate that they have one of the most high-powered lineups in the National Hockey League (NHL). Ranking second in the league in goals per game (3.42) and tied for third in overall goals (236) during the 2019-20 regular season – with the NHL’s perennial […]
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Capitals’ Plan Coming Together After First 5-on-5 Action in Months
The Washington Capitals returned to 5-on-5 play for the first time since March with their first intrasquad scrimmage of Phase 3 training camp Saturday. Despite the four-month break from competitive games, several players picked right up where they left off. Alex Ovechkin scored a goal about 3 minutes into the game for the White Team’s […]
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Holtby’s Last Hurrah with the Caps?
Braden Holtby has been counted out before. For those with short memories, in the midst of the worst statistical season to that point in his career in 2017-18, Holtby lost his grip on the Washington Capitals’ starting goaltending job at the worst possible time. Young backup Philipp Grubauer was more consistent down the stretch and […]
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Capitals Keep Winning Thanks to Next Men Up
Many years ago, long after Bobby Bowden had built his Florida State football program into a national powerhouse, there was an interview with him that always comes to mind when teams are facing injuries. Hearing that the Washington Capitals might take the ice last night minus two of their top-four defensemen immediately brought back thoughts […]
Barry Trotz’ Growth Plan
You’re a young player in the Washington Capitals locker room, trying to make a name for yourself at the NHL level. You look around and see superstar-caliber players such as Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, longtime veterans with strong postseason resumes such as Brooks Orpik and Justin Williams, players who have been heroes on the […]
Hot Capitals Stay Under the Radar and Keep Improving
Anyone who has watched the 2015-16 edition of the Washington Capitals play knows that they are good. They got off to the franchise’s best start through 13 games at 10-3, and now at 15-5-1 – and with 31 points – they are off to the second-best start in terms of points in franchise history through 21 […]
Capitals Questions 2: Will the Caps Miss Mike Green?
This is the second in a series of articles leading up to training camp detailing the most pressing questions facing the Washington Capitals heading into the 2015-16 season. Capitals Questions: What Happens to Brooks Laich and Jason Chimera? It’s the hockey question of the year in D.C.: How much will the Washington Capitals miss Mike […]
Capitals Sending Marcus Johansson a Message?
If Marcus Johansson played for another team, let’s say the Detroit Red Wings for instance, the soon-to-be 25-year-old forward coming off his best year likely would be considered as one of those homegrown young talents the Wings would plug in for the next five to seven years to play a key role in helping continue […]
Dear Tom Wilson: The Caps Don’t Need You to Fight EVERY Night
It happened at some point during the Road to the Winter Classic HBO 24/7 series in December of 2010 – probably right after we watched a team doctor stitch up Washington Capitals grinder extraordinaire Matt Hendricks after yet another in a seemingly endless string of fights. Head coach Bruce Boudreau, realizing that Hendricks brought more […]
Caps’ Lineup Takes Shape After MacLellan’s Moves
Two things happened with the Washington Capitals’ signing of Justin Williams Wednesday. The team filled a hole at right wing among its top six that has existed for quite some […]
Caps Sign Kings’ UFA Justin Williams
Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan promised to add a top-six forward to his roster heading into the 2015-16 season, but he expected that player to come via a trade. […]
Rangers Sign Flames UFA Raphael Diaz
The New York Rangers have signed Calgary Flames unrestricted free-agent defenseman Raphael Diaz, who previously played 11 games with the team during the 2013-14 season. Diaz reportedly signed a one […]
Rangers Sign UFA Viktor Stalberg
Darren Dreger of TSN and other sources are reporting that unrestricted free agent Viktor Stalberg, who was bought out by the Nashville Predators earlier this week, has signed a one-year […]
Capitals Re-sign UFA Galiev
The Washington Capitals have signed restricted free agent Stanislav Galiev to a two-year, $1.15 million contract, the team announced on Wednesday. Galiev appeared in two games with the team late […]
Caps Sign Pens’ UFA Taylor Chorney
The Washington Capitals have signed Pittsburgh Penguins unrestricted free agent Taylor Chorney, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN. McKenzie says that the contract is a one-year, one-way deal for $700,000. […]
The Caps and the Cap: A Look at Their Options
For weeks, Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan has talked about the team’s need to find a top-six forward to either play alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom or to […]
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