Capitals First Preseason at 1 Sunday

The Capitals, with a whole lot of Hershey Bears, are up in Boston Sunday to play their first preseason game against the Bruins. It will be a little on the light side up in Beantown as most of the team just played a game in China. Continue reading “Capitals First Preseason at 1 Sunday”

Capitals Monthly Review: October Was Full of Changes

 

The Washington Capitals played eight regular season games and five preseason games. Of the eight regular seasons, five were away games with three in Canada. The final cuts from training camp were made, adding Zach Sanford to the roster and sending Stan Galiev down to the Hershey Bears. All-in-all it was a successful, albeit a bumpy start, to the 2016-17 season with five wins, one OT loss, and two game losses.

So what did we like most about October?

Ok, we have to brag a little: we start with the players all dressed up for the Red Carpet. Our best picks were Tom Wilson and Nate Schmidt. Nate posted our picture of him while Tom liked his and then used it for his profile picture as did Nate (see header image). We’re kind of stocked about it. Here are the originals:

 

There was Orlov and that great hip check – many said it was the best in 20 years!

We liked the Justin Williams’ throw-down as he renewed his relationship with Evgini Malkin:

Grubauer played his first shut-out game.

Brett Connolly notched his first goal with the Capitals and new NHL player Zach Sanford earned his first point on the assist.

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It all started with a sign when Ovi gave his stick to eight-year old Cash for his birthday. That wasn’t enough for the GR8 who flew the young fan and his family from Edmonton to Calgary for the Caps game there. Alex met with the family after the game and signed memorabilia and talked with Cash about playing hockey. For all the negative stuff we hear about Ovi – this year he seems to be going out of his way to make dreams come true for his fans.

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You voted in the video of Kuzy celebrating at golf as only Kuzy could:

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And lets not forget about Karl Alzner and his empty net goal (Thanks RMNB)!

We think the Caps are off to a good start. It has been a bit of a bumpy start and we were all a little nervous when Coach Trotz changed up the lines –  moving Justin Williams to the first line and Tom Wilson to the second. Whatever reason he had for the change, it certainly worked in the past two games.

Marcus Johansson has been the big surprise for many fans who weren’t all that hap[y about the Caps signing him for another three years. However, he is turning into a top scorer for the team. We can only image the highlights for November.  Here’s just one example of what we are talking about:

https://www.nhl.com/video/johansson-nets-goal-off-tip/t-281165204/c-45821503

There is room for improvement. The fourth line stepped it up with scoring against the Flames. The power play hasn’t been the greatest but we are seeing a glimmer of improvement. They also need to stay strong for all 60 minutes. There is some worry about the second period sag – we’ll see how they overcome that in November.

We can’t wait to see what the Caps can do once they get home November 3. Thankfully they are here most of the month and we will be bringing you more great photos and posts from our awesome team. If you like what you see here, please invite your friends to give us a follow on Twitter (incoldplacesdc) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FriendsinColdPlaces/ )

Holtby & Grubauer: Keeping the Washington Capitals Alive

After a tough loss in Dallas where Braden Holtby was pulled and replaced by Phillip Grubauer, the Capitals faced the Los Angeles Kings with Grubauer in net for the Capitals and Jonathan Quick in for the Kings. This was Quick’s first game back after missing the previous three, with a lower body injury. Grubauer played his best game in recent history against a fast and powerful Kings offense.

IMG_9982Anze Kopitar opened up the scoring with a shorthanded goal in the first period, but the capitals would respond with three unanswered goals to grab the W. Despite giving up a shorthanded goal, Phillip kept his head in the game and was a master of rebound control; something that has been a struggle for him this season. The goalies were the stars of the game; Quick stopped 28 of 32 shots while Grubauer stopped 39 of 40 shots.
The season is now just beyond the halfway point and the Capitals aren’t looking back. This season has been a history-making season, not only for the organization, but for the NHL. The Capitals have become the FIRST team to have 40 wins in 53 games in a season and the big reason for that is goalie Braden Holtby. Braden has been playing the season of his career so far with a record of 35-6-3. He is fast approaching 60 games, which is the average number of games played for an NHL goalie before he is relievedIMG_9983 by the backup to prepare for the playoffs. With 86 points this season I wouldn’t be surprised to see the number of games in which Holtby starts begin to decrease.

The Capitals next game is Thursday at 7pm against the New York Islanders in New York. The starting goalie has not been announced yet for the Thursday night matchup. I’ll have more to come on Thursday’s game and who will be in net when the Washington Capitals face off against the division rivals they faced in the playoffs last year, the New York Islanders..

Photos By: Brittney Marcum & Mel Abernethy