Our Favorite Washington Capitals Photos 2017-18

It has been the best season ever for us and the Washington Capitals. We have grown as a blog, thanks to many new friends. We thought we would share some of our favorite moments and pictures with you.  Continue reading “Our Favorite Washington Capitals Photos 2017-18”

Capitals  and Fans Daily Media Review 

Most chatter today has been about prospects. 

Training camp just got smaller:

Isabelle talks about our number one defenseman pick:

Tricky Osh:

Ovi


CSN has ideas for the PP based on the last two days at camp:

PK

Wilson:

Burkie: 


Already taking UFA/RFA and Prospects 

Goalies: support our Warriors:

Chocolate Hockey

You:

On Walker:

https://twitter.com/capsneed2points/status/912484000480063488

Bragging rights:

Hockey rules:

And if you have insomnia- ya got this to entertain you:

Capitals and Fans Daily Social Media 9/22

It’s a Capitals Game Night! First home game in the newly named Capital One Arena; however, they may be a little behind in signage:

Here is the line up for Friday:

Keep a close watch on:

The rest of the team:

The Caps -NHLCentennial One Arena is here:

https://instagram.com/p/BZWi0g1AmQA/

Speaking of Isabelle…

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5-2 me with 6-7 Mathias Bau.

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Fan photos:

Gene is out taking photos again:


Order your Caps book now – here

We are pretty sure the Knights are toying with us now:

Capitals and Fans Daily Social Media Report for 9/21

The Caps had a much needed day off the ice. The Coaches and management are busy off the ice making decisions about who to send home before they return to practice on Friday. And the first home game for the preseason. 

Cuts and roster are here

Feeling Copley

CSN has some interesting, and costly, predictions: 

Feeling Bowey 

Trotz Talk 

Order now!

Caps practice and camp scrimmage for Friday

Some new rules for Hershey Bears Games

And in China we had hockey this morning!! Read more here

Our thanks to Capitals Hill for the nod:

Caps and Fans Daily Social Media Wrapup – Pre Game

The Caps are up in Montreal for their second preseason game. The lineup was announced earlier today and it looks like it could be a fun game to watch:


We’ll get to see Smith-Pelly in action:

And:

Rinkside with Orpik 

Vrana is ready and so are we see how he does:


Also in Montreal is Karl Alzner – though not playing

And more adorable Holtby

First Cuts

Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Wes Johnson

No camp on Thursday after six straight days of training! See ya Friday. 

Capitals and Fans Daily Social Media Review for Tuesday 

Soooo we watched the Caps first preseason game against the New Jersey Devils On Monday. We were less then impressed but then again, it wasn’t the full roster so we aren’t worried. Except maybe about those refs and their quick whistles on the faceoff. 

Our favorite moments today:

Big News!!

Here is what went on today:

Bowey? 

Hmmmm

The man who keeps Nicky fit was in the house today:

Some reactions to the first preseason game:

Beagle and Walton talk about the surprise enforcement of the faceoff penalty:

Trotz says still about watching and sorting out players after the game:

What you are thinking about the Caps:

Hope you had a GR8 time!!

And come out Wednesday to watch whoever doesn’t go to Montreal:

https://twitter.com/tarikcsn/status/910213251090337794

Caps and Fans Daily Social Media Wrap 18 Sept

We’re all excited about the Caps playing the Devils tonight. We’ll get a first look at some potential new players to the roster. Who to what??

Kettler Skating- some players stayed behind to scrimmage:

https://instagram.com/p/BZL8c6VgNDf/

And always:

And this…

Capitals Daily Social Media Wrap: Weekend Editon

Now that there is something to write about after the summer break, we are restating our evening wrap of the days best tweets, IG, and media releases. 

What’s up with training camp? Who is shining? 

Scrimmage Sunday was fun to watch. Vogs shares his insight: 

Player Comments:

Leaner, faster, and ready:

First Pres-season is Monday night:

This is weird:

Looking ahead:

One of our favorite little guys had a real treat today!

And your stuff:

https://twitter.com/luvdcaps/status/909425127225470978

And finally: Happy Birthday Ovi

Capitals Goaltender Coach Passes the Baton to the Next Generation

At the conclusion of the Washington Capitals’ Development Camp, goalie coach Mitch Korn announced that he would be stepping down from his position and turning the reins over to Hershey Bears coach Scott Murray. Will this mean a change in the training philosophy and perhaps even the way in which Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer perform between the pipes?

Coaching a goaltender is no easy task. USA Hockey writes about the challenges that extend well beyond just firing pucks at the goalie during practice. It involves teaching the goalie to watch the ice, anticipate the puck, and know when to move high or low to block a shot. It is much more of a mind game combined with a skating skill game. We have all heard post-game reviews that talk about a goalie not having his head in the game.

One of the things that Coach Korn has been able to do is integrate Holtby and Grubauer with the team. They aren’t stand-alone players. He has taught the players how to challenge his goalies in the first minutes of each practice. Mitch always had a core team of guys who helped him work with the goalies. It was about the net minders, not the players. The training is so much more than just stopping slapshots – it involves understanding the players on the opponent teams and expecting the unexpected. He has a reputation for investing in the lives of his goalies, understanding that a coach’s job doesn’t end on the ice, taking into consideration the whole person as a player.

Mitch came to the Caps with Barry Trotz in 2014. He has coached five goalies to become Vezina Trophy winners, including Braden Holtby. He has fine-tuned the skills of Grubi into an elite player with the potential to become a starting goalie in the NHL. We have seen his unique approach to training, using screen boards and angle devices. He is a hands-on coach. One of the things we heard after development camp was how impressed the players were in the time he took with each of them.

Murray, at 35, has some big shoes to fill. He began coaching the Bears goalies, including Grubauer, in 2013. More recently he has coached the likely next generation of Caps goalies, Pheonix Copley and Vitek Vanecek. He has had the privilege of working under the guidance of Olie Kolzig. Scott previous spent five seasons as goalie coach of the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves, He has already spent some time with Korn during camp so the transition to the Caps goalie coach should be relatively seamless.

Murray is one who believes in training his goaltenders to read the environment. He brings with him a history of working to develop players into top notch goalies. In addition to developing goaltenders in Hershey and in the OHL, he worked as a development coach for the RHP Training Centre in Ontario for two years. He is open to using all the tools available to coaches to improve his players. While his philosophy and process may differ slightly from that of Mitch Korn, we think he will be bring something new to improve the stopping power of the Caps goalies.

What’s next for Mitch, who turns 60 this fall? We understand that he will oversee goal-tending operations and serve as a mentor to Scott as he makes the transition. As Director of Goaltending, he will also travel to Caps affiliates in Hershey and South Carolina (ECHL) to work with their coaches and share his years of experience. He will continue with the Mitch Korn Goaltenders and Defensemen Camp to train up a new generation of potential NHL goaltenders. The teach of the ‘goalie whisper’ will continue, even as he pulls back from some of his duties with the Caps. And we imagine he will have much more time back home in NY for more great deli sandwiches!

watermarked2(2017-03-23-2150)Braden is one of the most agile goalies in the league. You know – those amazing splits and twirls when he makes one of those amazing saves that gets our heart pumping!! Underneath the showmanship is a well-trained player with discipline and concentration who is willing to do what it takes to make the save. We don’t expect any of that to go away. We look forward to observing Murray during training camp and Caps practice to see how he interacts with the goalies and what training tricks he has up his sleeve.

Monday Eve Capitals and Fans Social Media Updates 

We continue to wait for September and Capitals training camp and pre-season games. News moves slowly this time of year…

The Hershey Bears had news!

Nicky!

Still time to Rock the Red

Kettler is a great place to learn to skate:

Around the Ice