The Pregame: Caps Are Back in Town

After John Carlson, Braden Holtby and Todd Reirden took part in the NHL All-Star weekend festivities in San Jose and the rest of the team enjoying extra time off with both the All-Star break and the NHL mandatory bye week, the Caps are back in action. The team practiced on Thursday afternoon at MedStar Capitals Iceplex and will hold a morning skate tomorrow morning (or today if you’re reading this now) to gear up for a Friday night tilt. The second half push begins tonight with the Calgary Flames coming to Capital One Arena. The Caps hope a break can help them snap their seven game winless streak, something we hadn’t seen in quite some time.  Continue reading “The Pregame: Caps Are Back in Town”

Braden Holtby and John Carlson Lead Metropolitan Division to All-Star Game Win

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and defenseman John Carlson were well represented at the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose last week. With coach Todd Reirden at the helm of the Metropolitan Division, the trio contributed to wins over the Atlantic and Central Divisions to win the All-Star Game and split the grand prize of one million dollars. Continue reading “Braden Holtby and John Carlson Lead Metropolitan Division to All-Star Game Win”

John Carlson Wins Hardest Shot Competition

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The Washington Capitals, at least in the case of defenseman John Carlson, finally won something on Friday night. Although it doesn’t officially end their current seven game winless stretch, Carlson stole the spotlight in the Hardest Shot challenge at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition at SAP Center in San Jose. It’s been a long time coming for Carlson and in 2019 he finally was voted into his first All-Star game.  Continue reading “John Carlson Wins Hardest Shot Competition”

When Ovechkin Isn’t Enough

As fans we look for Alex Ovechkin on the ice every game and every practice. We follow his yellow laces gliding across the ice. We watch for the little jump that starts his drive to the net. And we gasp every time he makes a powerful slapshot from his office around the stunned opponent’s goalie. Continue reading “When Ovechkin Isn’t Enough”

Caps Winless Drought Extends to Seven Games Entering Break

The Washington Capitals were expected by many experts to have a Stanley Cup hangover of some sorts after winning the Cup and enduring the shortest, quickest offseason for the entire roster. Things were kind of 50/50 at the start of the season, then the team got hot to close out the 2018 calendar year. When that calendar flipped to 2019, that hangover talk resurfaced. The team is having a hard time moving on from the past.  Continue reading “Caps Winless Drought Extends to Seven Games Entering Break”

Capitals Defensemen Shine but Team Falters 8-5 to the Blackhawks

The Washington Capitals drooped their fifth game in a row in a 8-5 offensive shootout loss the Chicago Blackhawks in a Sunday afternoon matinee at United Center in Chicago. All five Capitals goals came from defensemen with All-Star John Carlson pacing the way with two while Brooks Orpik, Dmitry Orlov, and Matt Niskanen each added a goal of their own. In the end though, the Caps goaltending couldn’t overcome a Blackhawks attack highlighted by a four-goal afternoon from Jonathan Toews. The Cap shave now dropped eight of their last 11 games and are still looking for answeres. They haven’t dropped five games in a row since the start of the 2014-15 season.

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Capitals Pay Tribute to Former Coach Barry Trotz with Video and Standing Ovation from Fans

When the game between the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders went to a pause for a commercial break, all eyes inside Capital One Arena were transfixed on the video board above center ice. A tribute video was played honoring Barry Trotz, the coach that guided the Capitals to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup and won the hearts of Washington as the first coach to guide a D.C. sports team to a championship for the first time in 26 years.  Continue reading “Capitals Pay Tribute to Former Coach Barry Trotz with Video and Standing Ovation from Fans”

Capitals Honor Brooks Orpik for 1,000 Games Played Prior to Friday’s Game

Before the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders dropped the puck, veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik was recognized for his recent achievement of playing in 1,000 career NHL games. Orpik accomplished the milestone in Monday night’s 4-1 loss to the St. Louis BluesContinue reading “Capitals Honor Brooks Orpik for 1,000 Games Played Prior to Friday’s Game”

The Pregame: Barry Trotz Returns to D.C.

The Washington Capitals are back home looking to snap a three-game slide when they host the New York Islanders for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop. This contest isn’t just your ordinary Metropolitan Division matchup, however, instead it marks the return of an important figure that led the Capitals to championship greatness. Barry Trotz coached the Caps for four seasons, ending his tenure with the first Stanley Cup in both the history of the franchise and the coach’s resume. When the season ended, the two sides between Trotz and General Manager Brian MacLellan didn’t reach an agreement on an extension which allowed Trotz to walk and take a coaching job at the island.  Continue reading “The Pregame: Barry Trotz Returns to D.C.”

Predators Dominate Caps 7-2

The Capitals went into Nashville hoping for a spark on offense and a win that would right the ship. Unfortunately, the very talented Predators had other ideas. With a hat trick from Viktor Arvidsson and 2 goals from Nick Bonino the Predators took control from the start and ran away with a convincing 7-2 win snapping their 2 Game losing streak.

What Worked:

  • The power play actually looked and felt like the Power Play that was so dominant last season. The passing was crisp and the execution was near perfect. Going 1 for 2 is a step in the right direction.
  • The penalty kill is also getting on track with 5 penalty kills out of 5.

What Didn’t Work:

  • The Caps started the game sluggish for the third straight game. These slow starts have had the Caps behind early and the team has struggled to gain any consistency.
  • The offensive production we are so used to seeing out of this team has been struggling to score. Only 4 goals in the last 3 games.
  • The Caps are giving up a lot of goals on the road ranking in the bottom 5 of the league in GAA on the road. This even though the team has 13 wins away from DC.

Should we be concerned?

No. The Caps has a similar stretch of games last season where the team seemed to be struggling. Each team battles adversity at some point throughout the season. They need to figure it out quick as the metropolitan division is closer than ever before.

What’s Next?

The Caps and Head Coach Todd Reirden get a few days to lick their wounds and go back to the drawing board before Former Coach Barry Trotz brings the red hot Islanders to Capital One Arena for a Friday night matchup. There will be a pre-game ceremony to honor Brooks Orpik’s 1000th game before the game so be in your seats early.