Do We Really Need to Worry About Kuznetsov?

We have been watching Twitter and the comments about Evgeny Kuznetsov’s less than impressive showing in the playoffs so far. Should we be worried with what some are calling a lackluster play? Continue reading “Do We Really Need to Worry About Kuznetsov?”

Capitals and Flyers Set For Sunday Afternoon Game (Update)

The Capitals will be on home ice as the Philadelphia Flyers join them for their final matchup of the regular season. The Caps have played the Flyers three times this season, winning all three games. A win Sunday will be the second time ever the Caps have swept the Flyers,

Fans can watch the game at 12:30 pm on NBC. Continue reading “Capitals and Flyers Set For Sunday Afternoon Game (Update)”

Capitals Game Day Watch for Caps-Wild On Friday (Update)

Even before the puck drops there is a chance for Caps fans to win some Alex Ovechkin memorabilia:

“The Capitals have partnered with NBC Sports Washington for Authentic Fan Friday! The first 500 fans to visit the NBC Sports Washington table at Section 423 will receive a limited amount of Ovi cheer cards.” (Caps Game info) Click here for a chance to win an original painting by Taylor Kampa Olson as a Caps Authentic Fan. Runs from 6 to 10 pm.

Check us out on Twitter and follow us to find out how you can skate at Capital One Arena on Sunday. Continue reading “Capitals Game Day Watch for Caps-Wild On Friday (Update)”

Washington Capitals v New Jersey Devils: Pregame

Record GAA SV % Shutouts
Cory Schneider 5-11-3 3.13 .901 1
Pheonix Copley 15-5-3 2.97 .904 1

The Washington Capitals start their week with a game at the Prudential Center, the home of the New Jersey Devils. The Caps held practice at MedStar Caps Iceplex before boarding a plane to Newark, NJ. Continue reading “Washington Capitals v New Jersey Devils: Pregame”

The Week Ahead for the Capitals

The Capitals ended the previous week with a loss to the league’s current number one team, the Tampa Bay Lightning. They have a chance to redeem themselves when Tampa comes to Washington on Wednesday.

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Washington Capitals v Tampa Bay Lightning: Pre-Game Report

Washington Capitals: 42-22-7; 8-2-0 in last 10

Tampa Bay Lightning: 54-13-4; 8-2-0 in last 10

For the first time since May 23rd, 2018, the Washington Capitals will face off against the dominant Tampa Bay Lightning tonight, at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. In a do-or-die Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, the Capitals snagged the title in a 4-0 shutout over the Lightning, and would ultimately go on to win their first Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history.

Tampa Bay has already clinched a 2018-19 playoff berth, and currently boast the most impressive record in the NHL. They are currently on 3-game win streak, but previously topped out at 10 wins straight back in Feburary. The Lightning were undefeated for the entire month of February (in regulation) until the Boston Bruins snapped that 10-game win streak on the final day of the month. You may remember how dominant last years’ Lightning team was for much of the regular season. They, however, eventually lost steam, finished out 3rd overall, and the Nashville Predators won the Presidents’ Trophy. However, this year, with an almost-identical roster, Tampa has all but guaranteed a Presidents’ Trophy win. Many argue the Cup is Tampas’ to lose this year. On Thursday, a third period comeback allowed the Lightning to beat the already-eliminated Detroit Red Wings, 5-4.

The Capitals remain a Metro division powerhouse, climbing their way up the standings. In the 21 games prior to the All-Star Break, the Caps were 10-8-3. Since the break, they are 15-5-1. A 5-2 win over the Flyers on Thursday kept them in first place in the division. A win tonight by the Capitals and/or a loss by the Islanders will keep them there. The Capitals have been Metro Division champions three times (8x additional prior to changes in division naming), and are hoping to snag the title for the fourth consecutive season.

Braden Holtby (27-17-4) is expected to get the start for the Caps tonight. With 7 wins in his last 9 starts, the go-to-goalie seems to be hitting his stride just in time. It certainly helps that backup goalie Pheonix Copley is so reliable, as to allow Holtby rest prior to the playoffs. Andrei Vasilevskiy (33-8-4) will be in between the pipes for the Lightning. The Capitals were able to solve him last season. Many of the goals the Caps scored during the ECF were top shelf, or 6- and 7- hole; above the waist, so to speak. Has Vasy altered his MO? It seems so; take a look.

Below is the Capitals’ expected lineup per Isabelle Khurshudyan.

Coverage begins at 6:00pm on NBCSWA with Caps Face-off Live, followed by Caps Pregame Live at 6:30pm, and puck drop shortly after 7:00pm.

Capitals Milestone Watch

Still keeping an eye out on these Cap players setting a new milestone for the franchise and themselves:

Nicklas Backstrom – Two power play assists shy of passing Brad Richards (282) for 50th place on all time power play assist list

John Carlson – One goal shy of passing Larry Murphy (86) for sixth place among Capitals defensemen

Alex Ovechkin – Six goals shy of passing Brendan Shanahan (656) for 13th place on the NHL’s all-time goals list

Let’s see if Nicky and Carly can do it at home today!

Capitals Milestone Watch 23 Feb

From Capitals Game Notes:

Nicklas Backstrom – Two power play assists shy of passing Brad Richards (282) for 50th place on all time power play assist list

John Carlson – One goal shy of passing Larry Murphy (86) for sixth place among Capitals defensemen

Alex Ovechkin – Seven goals shy of passing Brendan Shanahan (656) for 13th place on the NHL’s all-time goals list

Capitals Meet Sabres in Buffalo

Capitals game time is 1 pm EST on NHL and NBC Sports Washington. Daily Faxeoff has this as Caps lines today as Carl Hagelin joins the fourth line. Braden Holtby in the net.

The Capitals sit second in the Metro Div while the Sabres are out of Wild Card range.

From Caps Today:

The Capitals take on the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Arena today in the third and final meeting between the teams this season. Washington won the last meeting

The Capitals are concluding their six game road trip today, entering this game with a 3-2-0 record on the trip. Since returning from their bye week Feb. 1, the Capitals have posted a 7-3-1 record and are tied for sixth in the NHL in wins (7) and tied for sixth in points (15). In the month of February the Capitals are tied for ninth in goals for (34). Washington has killed 26 of the 30 penalties (86.7), which ranks second in the NHL, and lead the NHL in blocked shots (199) since Feb.