Caps Get Ready for Round Two: Schedule is Out

The NHL announced the Round Two schedule and the Capitals will face the Penguins for the first game on Thursday, 26 April at 7 pm in Washington. It will be televised on NBCSN, unfortunately.

The Sharks and Golden Knights will meet for the first time at 10 pm ET later that night.

Friday the Jets take on the Predators at 8 pm ET, in Nashville. Watch the action on NBCSN.

Saturday, 28 April, if Boston makes it out of the final game seven of round one on Wednesday will meet up against the Tampa Bay Lightning, in Tampa at 3 pm ET.  If it is the Maple Leafs, the game shifts to 8 pm ET, still in Tampa.

Meanwhile, the Caps will be going through the paces at Kettler Ice Plex in Balston on Wednesday at 10:30 am. Come join the fun!!

Capitals Win the First Round: Outstanding Players

Despite losing the first two games of the series at home, the Washington Capitals won the other four consecutively to win the series against the Columbus Blue Jackets in six games. Now, for the third time in a row, they’ll face their archrival Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 2.

The Capitals, ranked first in the Metropolitan Division, picked up the Blue Jackets who got the Wild Card 1 berth. Even with the home ice in their favor, Washington lost the first two games in OT at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Continue reading “Capitals Win the First Round: Outstanding Players”

Caps Tonight

It isn’t actuality do or die for the Capitals tonight, but it sure feels like it. It would be so much better for the team to return to DC with a 2-2 round tie.

The struggles for the team are real. It is highly likely that at least a couple of the top players are playing hurt. But what else is new??

What would we like to see tonight?

How about Ovi scoring? In 100 playoff games we have seen 48 Goals. He is a definite presence on the team with 94 points. He needs to energize and lead the team to the net.

Fewer penalties? Tom Wilson has the Playoff Target on his back again. Columbus knows they can pull him into the box since the refs obviously have their eyes on him.

Keep the lead. All season we have seen this team give up a nice lead. This has to stop and the defense, especially Orlov and Orpik, need to step it up.

Bottom line, we need disciplined play. They can’t keep repeating the mistakes of years past and unfortunately, they have been doing that. Coach Trotz needs to get in their heads and break the ties to the past images.

Play hard. Play smart. Play to win!

The lines for tonight should look like this- after all it wouldn’t be the Caps if the lines didn’t change every other night…

Forwards

Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Wilson

Stephenson-Backstrom-Oshie (unless it’s Boyd)

Connolly-Eller-DSP

Vrana-Beagle-Chiasson

Defensemen

Kempny-Carlson

Orlov-Niskanen

Orpik-Djoos

Holtby starts in the net, and hopefully finishes there too!

Trotz says not to worry about Vrana moving down to the fourth line. Riiight…

Caps are back in it and fans are breathing again.

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So the Capitals won their third game in the first round–in OT, after losing two in OT. There is a sense of relief that they won one and have to come home for a Game Five on Saturday. Just need to get through game four now.

Three games in OT?? That hasn’t left most fans feeling great about getting to the second round. So just how do y’all feel? Here’s what we’ve been hearing:

  • We are relieved to see Holtby playing like himself again- he will be back in the net for Game Four. Good to know we have two good goalies- most don’t blame first two losses on Grubi.
  • We can wait until the third period to watch since it keeps going to OT. And we would like that to stop!
  • So about those bottoms six… This is gonna take a full team effort. Now to get them working at the same time in the same game. And then of course there is the D scoring- love us some Carlson.

Lots of love for Lars Eller. We’ll take all the ugly goals he wants to dish out.

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Still have a thumbs up for Vrana. We love his speed and driving to the net. Not so thrilled with the penalties.

  • Pucks on goal, catch those rebounds, slip the penalties, and keep on shooting.
  • Still a lot of nervous optimism for the team. Something needs to change to move forward–of course we don’t really know what.

Look, we love an exciting playoff series. We love sitting on the edge of our seats and screaming. Mostly we would like not to feel like heart failure is around the corner every single game. So maybe they can get that two goal lead and keep it and we can celebrate a little earlier. Just a thought…

Game four is Thursday at 730 in Columbia. Game 5 is back on Caps ice at 3pm. Lots of tickets are still available.

Keep Rocking the Red!!!!

Practice Lines Look to be Capitals Playoff Lines

Wednesday afternoon, Coach Trotz said that the lines we have seen the last couple of days at practice will most likely be the lines for the playoffs. Of course, that could change with the return of Jay Beagle or maybe even Travis Boyd. Beags skated without the team on the Arlington Rink and could be ready soon. (more here) Boyd is still sick with no indication as to when he might be back.

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Capitals First Round Prediction by stats

Thursday starts Washington’s first-round series against Columbus. This will undoubtedly be a hard fought game on both ends. The real question though is: who will end up winning? Stats show a lot about what has happened and what will happen. You know the saying: history tends to repeat itself. We Caps fans have seen over and over again but hopefully not this year! So what do the stats show? Continue reading “Capitals First Round Prediction by stats”

Jay Beagle Getting Closer to Caps Return

Jay Beagle is getting closer and closer to joining the team for the playoffs. We watched him skate for a bit on Wednesday. He looked good to us as he skated and fired off some pucks. We didn’t watch too long as it was clear he wanted to be “all by himself.”

Jay sustained an undisclosed upper-body injury on 1 April and has been out ever since. Coach Trotz repeatedly said he hoped he would be ready to go for game one of the playoffs. Wednesday Trotz indicated that would not happen. However, Coach did say that as soon as the trainers give him the go sign – Beags will be in the line up.

Here’s a bit of video we managed to snag:

We last saw Jay with the team following the Devils game for Jersey Off Their Back night. He was looking oh so dapper!  Hurry back Jay, we need you!!! The Caps faceoff needs you!

Capitals Playoffs Coming into Focus

Tuesday was the first official postseason practice for the Washington Capitals. There was much anticipation about the goalie selection, as well as which injured players might return to the ice. We drew a sigh of relief with the appearance of TJ Oshie who has not been on the ice for a little bit of time.

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Capitals Pre-playoff Angst and Drama

Saturday the Capitals wrapped up the regular season and by Sunday we had a schedule. What we didn’t know, and still don’t, is which goaltender would be in front of the net.

And we still don’t know!

Add to that concerns about TJ Oshie and Jay Beagle. The Caps held an optional practice today and a few of the top guns chose to sit it out:

Beagle was seen skating after the team left the ice. Perhaps we will see him on Tuesday with the team. And Oshie told Elliott in the Morning that he is: “Ready to jump back on the ice.”

That said, we are still unclear regarding the bottom six lines. Talk continues to swirl around names for those slots like Gersich, Vrana, Boyd, Stephenson, Chiasson and with Djoos Jerabek, and Bowery for the Defense.

John Walton talked to some of them today:

We wouldn’t want to be Coach Trotz figuring all this out.

Stay tuned friends – this playoff series is gonna be a wild ride!!

Caps Fan For A Night

A few days ago Friends in Cold Places offered me a ticket to the last Caps game before the Playoffs begin and I accepted. I was excited because for once I would be attending the game as a fan and not working it in the PWC Club. Continue reading “Caps Fan For A Night”