Capitals-Hurricanes Pregame Update

So the Caps have a rather hectic schedule, flying out right after the 3-2 OT win in Chicago to Raleigh, North Carolina for a 7 pm Saturday game. 

There are a few changes for the Hurricanes with Justin Faulk going on the IR reports the Washington  Post. And Phil Di Giuseppe was assigned to its AHL affiliate in Charlotte.

The Canes got some bad news late Friday night that Bryan Bickell has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He last played October 30, according to USA News.

Canes will be drawing from their 4-2 loss to the Ducks on Thursday night. They need a win as they sit bottom in the league. News & Observer

When it comes to the Canes, the Caps are 50-50 in the preseason with each team taking one win. The Caps should take the lead early unless they are dragging after the hard fight in Chicago. 

Philipp Grubauer will be in the net Saturday. No word on the Taylor Chorney switch with Nate Schmidt. 

Dmitry Orlov was hot in Chicago- blocking, hitting, and shooting. There have been concerns expressed about John Carlson. Coach said a few days ago that he got banged up in Worlds–may be he isn’t playing at his fullest. 

Here’s Mike Vogel’s take on the upcoming game from Dump N Chase.

Sportschat  gives it to the Caps. 

Here are the Caps milestones to watch for Caps Today:

CAPITALS MILESTONES WITHIN REACH 

Alex Ovechkin – Three power-play goals shy of becoming the 18th player in NHL history to score 200 power-play goals 

Evgeny Kuznetsov – Six assists shy of 100 NHL/Capitals assists.

We’ll update as we hear more on the Caps side. 

Oh and on the bright side, CSN-MA will be steaming games starting Saturday, if you have the ‘tickets’ for viewing. Read more here.  

Supporting Ellie’s Hats

We are excited to announce an addition to our Community Support Page Ellie’s Hats.  

Some of you may know about Ellie’s Hats from the Caps’ wives and girlfriends. We had a chance to meet founder Jay Coakley during Hockey Fights Cancer and we would like to encourage you to support this wonderful movement. Ellie’s Hats is a nonprofit organization that donates hats to children battling cancer, supports their families and raises awareness of childhood cancer. 

Ellie’s Hats was started after Ellie’s PE teacher, Jay decided to get her some hats for Christmas which led him to start Ellie’s Hats in 2014 they have sent hats to 100’s of children across the country. Click here to read more and to provide hats or funding

The Caps Blow into the Windy City

The Washington Capitals suffered a crushing 3-0  defeat to the San Jose Sharks on election night. The Caps ended their five-game winning streak as goalie Martin Jones stopped 24 pucks from getting into the net. Braden Holtby had 20 saves. Seemed no matter how snazy they were, the Caps just couldn’t find the back of the net. The story line here is the Caps were out-defended by the Sharks.

Here’s the media buzz for tonight:

So what does that mean for Chicago? Well…they have seven wins in a row. Could they be prime for a loss??? Fox Sports says four of those wins were one-goal games. If the Caps can get and keep the lead, they have a chance of stopping the forward progression of the the Hawks.

Comcast Sports says its a “goalie clash.” Yea, Corey Crawford is always a problem – we agree.

Patrick Kane is playing pretty hot right now.

Chicago Tribune writes their threats are likely Alex Ovechkin and TJ Oshie while “Marian Hossa has four goals in his last four games.”

Locally, Mike Vogel writes: “Three nights after tasting defeat at the hands of the Sharks, the Caps head into the lion’s den in Chicago. They’ll be facing arguably the league’s most consistently elite team over the last several years in the Blackhawks, and they’ll be doing so in front of a packed Friday night house at United Center.”

We think Kuzy said it best: “Of course we have to play better, but the coaches help plan,” center Evgeny Kuznetsov said, according to the Washington Post. “We’re trying to stay with that plan, but sometimes we did wrong. We have to fix it a little bit, some small areas. I think at some point, the pucks are going in for sure. We just have to be close to each other and maybe use the small areas a little bit and make more shots.”

Late word is that Taylor Chorney is in tonight, finally. Nate Schmidt is a healthy scratch. Here are your Caps lines for tonight according to Isabelle Khurshudyan Washington Post:

Forwards

Alex Ovechkin-Nicklas Backstrom-T.J. Oshie

Marcus Johansson-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Tom Wilson

Andre Burakovsky-Lars Eller-Justin Williams

Zach Sanford-Jay Beagle-Daniel Winnik

Defensemen

Karl Alzner-Matt Niskanen

Dmitry Orlov-John Carlson

Brooks Orpik-Taylor Chorney

Goaltenders

Braden Holtby (starter)

Philipp Grubauer

Scratches
Brett Connolly

Nate Schmidt

Caps Fans: Tips for Family Rivalries; When You Win and When They Win!

I find that there are three common hockey families:  

  • the families that just don’t care except for one person,
  • the families that are all huge fans of one team, and
  • then we have the one that my family fits under,the family rivalries.

In reality, the Capitals and the Blackhawks don’t have that much of a rivalry; however anytime they play my family goes all out. One time my sister and mom (the two Hawks fans) went to the game. The Capitals won so they came home to this:

lily-caps-shirt

Look, I get it wasn’t too nice and it was a sore winner thing, but she would’ve done that if the Hawks won. I’ve said before that if we played against each other during the Stanley Cup Finals “A house divided amongst itself cannot withstand.” We have talked about who would leave to protect our family from going crazy.

As long as I’m talking about family rivalry I must add the honest truth. I have family in Pittsburgh and they are Penguins fans. That makes the Penguins-Caps games that much better. I’ve been forced to wear a Penguins shirt. I had a photo of me taken wearing the shirt in which I was told to smile. Looking back it was hilarious because I’m very secure with how big of a Caps fan I am but back then it was humiliating

So, it is even more tense for me when we play the Hawks in a season game then when we play the Penguins in a season game. I know if we win then I get some serious bragging rights; but if we lose, I will face a day of terrible misery and humiliation. If we win I’m talking to my uncle about the game and bragging a bit.

Family rivalries especially when it’s within your immediate family are so much fun, here are a few tips.

If They Win:

  1. Don’t shy away and lock yourself in your room; then you seem like a sore loser
  2. A good comeback to something about how many Cups the Caps have won is “oh so original.”
  3. Let all the comments slide off your back.
  4. Most of all, don’t listen to a losing playlist and cry while that game might be important to you it has an 1.22% effect on whether or not your team make the most important games of hockey the playoffs.

If You Win

  1. Think about their feelings and how you will be treated if you lose
    1. If it’s worth it go ahead just don’t be surprised when you lose and they do the same to you
    2. If it isn’t worth it then don’t say anything
  2. Don’t celebrate like you won the Cup. Unless you did. But don’t overdue it. In the season, that’s 1/82 games and in the playoffs there are generally more rounds or at least more games to win.
  3. Once again if your family is like my family they are all like “oh we’re all crying into the Stanley Cup.” you can reply “oh how original.” because seriously I hear that insult way too much mix, it up once and awhile.
  4. Think about others feelings and if they need a hug then they need a hug. Losing can be tough.

Good Luck our Cold Places Friends!