A New Capitals Rivalry Rising??

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been the main rival of Washington Capitals since the 1990’s and heated up when Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby and were drafted in 2004 and 2005, respectively. The rivalry begins with the regular season and carries into the playoff matchups. Other major rivals for the Caps in the Metropolitan Division have included the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers, although not like that with the Penguins.

Apparently, a new rivalry is rising although not with a team in the same division. It looks like the Tampa Bay Lightning are going be a frequent opponents for the Caps in the regular season and playoffs and a new primary rival. Continue reading “A New Capitals Rivalry Rising??”

Caps End Six Road Games Falling to the Sabres 5-2 But Ovechkin scores 44th Goal

After six games on the road, the Washington Capitals will reencounter the fans, though the result Saturday could have been better. The Caps have won and lost three out of six games, including a 3-0 shutout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. And since December 22. the Caps haven’t defeated anyone without giving up at least one goal, until they beat the Ottawa Senators by 4-0. Continue reading “Caps End Six Road Games Falling to the Sabres 5-2 But Ovechkin scores 44th Goal”

Capitals Demonstrate Individual and Collective Improvement in November

The first month of the Washington Capitals in the new 2018-19 NHL season wasn’t exactly an ideal one. Except for the 6-0 home-opener victory over the Bruins, the team itself didn’t had a good month at all, with five victories and losses and 37 goals against in 10 games.

During November, the numbers demonstrate some improvement, like 10 victories in 15 games and 40 goals against even with five games more compared to October. The goals against average would be better if it weren’t for the 6-4 and 4-3 (OT) losses to the Canadiens and the Stars in the first and second games of the month. The Caps had already given up 10 goals in total, but as we can see, the numbers turn to Caps favor henceforth.

Also this month, the return of Tom Wilson had a good impact on the team as he’s been showing great individual development. Suspended since pre-season due to a hit in St. Louis Blues Oskar Sundqvist, he has returned with seven goals, six assists (13 points), a +/- of 8 and a three power play points (one goal) and a shorthanded goal. He is changing the narrative by showing more individual and collective improvement, though his reputation built through these years still pursue him, like being ejected in his 400th NHL game. Fortunately, he won’t be suspended (thank God!).

Playing whether home or away wasn’t exactly a problem for the Caps in November. On the road, playing in Minnesota, Winnipeg, Colorado and Montreal, the Caps came home with three victories in four games – losing in Winnipeg. On their return to home, they’ve defeated the Blackhawks and the Red Wings. After this, a little tour in New York, defeating both Rangers – thus, defeating four of the original six and consecutively – and Islanders. On this occasion, Nic Dowd scored one goal in each game, reaching three goals – his first one was in the home-opener 6-0 victory over the Bruins –, developing in a team that’ll need a good bottom six. Yet in this last game in the Big Apple, Nicklas Backstrom has surpassed Peter Bondra in franchise points.

Then, the Caps finished November with a 6-3 victory over the Devils in DC, with Nicklas Backstrom (he again!) getting a hat trick. Nicky has already got nine goals and 23 assists (32 points) in all the 25 season games so far. Since their win over Colorado, the Caps don’t know what losing means, with seven-win streak. Also, this month the Caps couldn’t count totally with two of their great players: Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie.

Sunday the Caps start their month by hosting the Anaheim Ducks at the Capital One Arena. Let’s see what December has reserved for us!

Struggling defense: Capitals suffering too many goals in the first month

After one month of the 2018-19 regular season, the numbers demonstrate that the Washington Capitals have been allowing too many goals until here. The Capitals are ranking some bitter goals against average positions. Continue reading “Struggling defense: Capitals suffering too many goals in the first month”

The new quest: the Capitals after the first two games in the regular season

Last Wednesday, the Washington Capitals started their new regular season and ‘party’ was the keyword. After the happiest summer ever in the District for Caps fans, the very same fans had an increadible party during the Banner Night. And the party continued on the ice, with a great 7-0 victory over the Bruins. Continue reading “The new quest: the Capitals after the first two games in the regular season”

Peter Bondra: Capitals Epic Legend

Before Alex Ovechkin would shake up the Capitals franchise, Peter Bondra was one of the Capitals leading scorers and franchise legends. In the 2004 NHL Draft, the Washington Capitals organization and the fans saw the rise of a new era when Ovechkin was chosen as the first overall pick. The GR8 has received many individual awards and achievements and as the team’s captain, led the Caps to three Presidents’ Trophy (2009/10, 2015/16 and 2016/17) and the long-awaited Stanley Cup. This has become the era of challenging Bondra’s hold on franchise milestones! Continue reading “Peter Bondra: Capitals Epic Legend”

Capitals vs Golden Knights: Analyzing NHL Expansion Changes

The Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights faced each other for the 2018 Stanley Cup championship and the team from America’s capital city  won for the first first time in its history, ending a long 44-year wait. For Vegas, even though runners-up, they had a great inaugural season. There has been a lot of talk about the amazing season the expansion team had so we thought we would compare the Caps first year and the Knights first year and what has changed over time.  In the end, its hard not to be amazed by the accomplishments of the team from the desert even though they lost to their new rivals. img_5288

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Martin Fehervary, a Defenseman with Offensive Presence

Martin Fehervary, drafted as the 46th overall pick in the second round during the 2018 NHL Draft, has been signed by the Capitals to a three-year entry-level contract. The 18-year old defenseman from Bratislava, Slovakia seems to be a good addition to the offensive zone. Continue reading “Martin Fehervary, a Defenseman with Offensive Presence”

Caps 2018-19 Preseason Schedule Has Been Released

The re-encounter between the Stanley Cup Champions and the ice is set for September 16, at TD Garden. The Washington Capitals are going to face the Boston Bruins. Since it’s going to be a back-to-back against the Bruins. The Caps will two days later re-encounter their fans at Capital One Arena for the first time since winning the Cup. The 2018-19 Preseason Schedule has been released today, announced by Caps senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan. The information was taken from the Capitals website

The Capitals are gonna play seven games, with three at home. After the first two games against the Bruins, away and home, on September 16 and 18, respectively; the Caps will have three straight road games. The first is in Quebec to visit the Montreal Canadiens on September 20. A interesting tidbit about this match is that it will be played at Videotron Centre in Quebec City, not at the Canadiens’ Bell Centre. This decision may be tied to a rumor about a new expansion franchise in Quebec.

Their sequence of away games continues on September 21 in Raleigh, North Carolina against the Carolina Hurricanes and their final preseason away game on September 25 in St. Louis, Missouri against the St. Louis Blues. The defending Stanley Cup champions’ last two games will be before their fans, at Capital One Arena, hosting the Hurricanes and Blues on September 28 and 30, respectively.

And still we wait to hear about opening day,

And also now who are new coach will be.

We told you it was going to be a crazy summer friends!!!

Capitals Summer Surprise: Trotz Out Reirden In?

June 7, the Washington Capitals won their first Stanley Cup and much of this must be credited to Barry Trotz. Just 11 days later, after four seasons, Trotz resigned as the Capitals’ Head Coach. A few hours later we found out that Todd Rierden is in the running for the head coach position. Serious talks still need to happen; however, Brian MacLellan does not seem to be in a rush to make a decision.

Read bellow the official statement by the Washington Capitals:

“Barry Trotz informed the organization today of his decision to resign as head coach of the Washington Capitals. We are obviously disappointed by Barry’s decision, but would like to thank Barry for all his efforts the past four years and for helping bring the Stanley Cup to Washington. Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise.”

Apparently there was a clause we didn’t know about that said Trotz’ contract would renew if he won the cup. It became clear in the press conference that the Caps and Trotz could not come to agreement regarding a renegotiated price and the length for the two-year extension.

Todd Reirden has been in somewhat of a holding pattern. Reportedly, the Caps would not allow the trainer to the defensemen to talk to other teams about a new job. Seems the front office was thinking ahead to a moment like this. The Caps had already gotten a taste for how Todd might run things when in the summer of 2016 he stepped in for Barry to run training camp. Trotz was busy with the World Cup of Hockey, assisting with the Canadian team that was having a favorable run of it. Over time the Caps blue line skaters have indicated that they have a lot of faith in Reirden and we would expect that to continue if he receives the nod for head coach.

Reirden came to the Capitals during the summer of 2014, along with Lane Lambert, and Mitch Korn. Prior to the Capitals, he spent time with the great Dan Bylsma as his assistant coach from 2010 to 2014. He has no other NHL coaching experience, which makes us a bit nervous. Of course all good coaches have to start somewhere and in this case Todd has worked with two of the best in the league.

Barry Trotz, the 55-year old Canadian, known for his ability to deal with defensive systems, was signed as the Caps’ Head Coach in 2014-15, after spending 15 seasons with the Nashville Predators (1998-99 to 2013-14). He was their first coach. Indeed, his skills were of great value to the Caps in the playoff run, after a regular season in which the defensive lines gave us some reason for  concern. The team may have turned that around enough in the playoffs to get all the way to the shiny prize at the end of the rainbow. Could Barry land somewhere else? The Islanders is being suggested by some since they are the only team right now without a coach. Or could he simply retire?

And if not Todd Reirden then who? Someone suggested Bylsma who isn’t working right now and might be ready to coach again. Can you imagine?? A Pens coach? Dave Tippett? (Update: Nope- he will be helping Seattle find a team) Darryl Sutter? We like this one for sure. He knows how to win the Cup more then once. We will have to wait and see.

Updated by Maggie Marcum