Caps End Homestand on High Note Before Falling in Columbus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals wrapped up their season-long six game homestand and kicked off a long road trip this week. On Saturday, the Caps overcame a 3-1 and 4-2 deficit against the Florida Panthers. They rallied to force the tie but ultimately fell short in overtime 5-4. The Capitals rebounded in the final game of the homestand on Monday night with a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings before kicking off a six-game road trip in Columbus where they were blanked by the Blue Jackets 3-0.

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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”

Alex Ovechkin’s Hat Trick and T.J. Oshie’s Return Power Caps to 6-2 Win Over Red Wings

For the second time in 18 days, the Washington Capitals hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena. Once again, the Caps protected home ice with a 6-2 win, their third in a row, to keep ahead for first place in the Metropolitan Division now up by five points on the Blue Jackets with a 18-9-3 record (39 points). The offense got a boost with T.J. Oshie‘s return after being out for over three weeks with a concussion. Oshie scored in this contest that also saw tallies from Brett Connolly, Travis Boyd, and Alex Ovechkin times three.  Continue reading “Alex Ovechkin’s Hat Trick and T.J. Oshie’s Return Power Caps to 6-2 Win Over Red Wings”

Caps, Preds, and Mutual Disdain for Penguins

Preds Loss is Like Losing All Over Again

The Penguins had a celebration parade today after the Nashville Predators had to suffer through the Pittsburgh Penguins hoisting the Stanley Cup in their own arena. We felt their pain after watching the Washington Capitals lose to the Pens in game seven in our home. People we have talked with said they felt sick after the final round–mostly because there was a sense that the NHL handed the Pens the Cup by overlooking penalties and unfairly penalizing opponent teams.

Maybe its sour grapes here in Washington. Maybe we are jealous of the Pens ability to outplay the Caps. Maybe we want to believe our players are better then the Pens players and we would never stoop to their tactics to win. And maybe we are tired of the Ovechkin-Crosby comparison that the NHL and NBC use to boost ratings and hype a sport that doesn’t bring in the money that football does. 

Simply put, the NHL Playoffs left a nasty taste with almost every hockey fan that isn’t following the Pens. There is no underestimating the physical game that the Pens play. They are brutal on the ice as they move with speed from one end to the other, plowing through anyone in their way. This brutality is frequently called ‘dirty’ by anyone not from Pittsburgh and fair play by anyone who loves the Pens. And you can’t overlook its three primary players: Sidney Crosby, Evegni Malkin and Phil Kessel.

Unfortunately, most of the playoffs focused on Sidney Crosby, in positive and negative terms. His behavior detracted from the skills of Pens’ players and their coach. The NHL loves its Canadian-born player and have elevated him to near sainthood. NBC and its affiliate sportscasters, seem to drool over just the mention of his name. Every game starts with a discussion of his greatness and no matter who else is on the ice, their first shots are always of Sid the Kid skating onto the ice. No other player in the league is more adored by the NHL and NBC, which leaves most of the rest of the hockey fan base a bit nauseous. From what the rest of us hear, Sid can do no wrong and even if he does, well…he is the best don’t ya know?

It seems Crosby, and maybe even the Penguins, have their favorite targeted players. That person who the Pens want to undermine and get out of the game. Crosby personally seems to have a rival or some level of animosity with every team and that was pretty apparent during the playoffs. It includes Brandon Dubinsky, Alex Ovechkin, Erik Karlsson, and PK Subban.

In round one it took the Pens five games to eliminate the Blue Jackets. Brandon Dubinsky has been known to “get under the skin” of Crosby who is known to retaliate or take the first stab but we didn’t see as much of that in this round. Instead, much of the post- round analysis focused more on coaching style and the inability of Sergei Bobrovsky to stop the puck. In the final game of the round, a game-tying goal by the Jackets was waived off and they were instead given a penalty for interference. This caused some ire with CBJ fans as Sidney Crosby would go on and score thus leading the team to a 5-2 finish over Columbus. The playoffs; however, came down to one goalie outstaying the other and one team outplaying the other–in this case it happened to be the Pens.

The Pens went on to face the Capitals in round two. The Pens knocked the Caps out of the playoffs the previous season so revenge was already in the air. We all know how much the Pens dislike Alex Ovechkin and his flamboyant style of play, but in this round the contempt was even more heightened. There was a point when it felt as if the Caps and Pens were back at the Winter Classic when an on-ice collision ultimately led to a concussion diagnosis for Crosby.  This time in a freak play in front of the net, Crosby fell and as Crosby went lower, Nisky’s stick wound up hitting Crosby in the head. Niskanen was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the ‘cross check.’ There were reports that Crosby suffered another concussion, his second in the season. Things got pretty nasty with Marc-Andre Fleury taping over former Pens’ Niskanen’s name on his helmet. The names were those that Fleury considered his favorite teammates.  Crosby returned to practice four days later and five days later for game five. Many wondered if he was back too soon or if he had actually suffered a concussion.  People watching were genuinely concerned that it was  and as a result there was a sense from the NHL and NBC that Crosby needed to be treated with kid gloves because of his frail condition. Every time Crosby landed on the ice NBC sports went into crisis mode that he might be injured again.

There were strange calls—like early whistles—against the Caps which gave the impression of favoritism. And let us not forget the infamous Nick Bonino dive which led to a high stick call against TJ Oshie. Even though the refs got it wrong, this time folks like Don Cherry called Bonino out for “faking” and questioned what was going on with the officiating.  The ensuing power play ensured a game four win for the Pens. In the end, the Caps suffered a second round two defeat at the hands of the Pens leaving the fans stunned and bitter. At this point, Caps fans became fans of #anyonebutthePens

Round three and fan hope turned to the Senators. Caps fans were ready for retribution and thought for sure the Sens would bring it. Crosby was in the midst of a scoring drought and the series was overshadowed with continual talk about Crosby’s frail nature. We kept wondering why he was playing if the Pens were really afraid he would be hurt or if this was just a mental game they were playing with the Sens. Erik Karlsson brought some comic relief when he mocked Crosby’s whining at the refs and his incessant whispering on the ice.

Matt Murray found his way back to the net when Fleury was pulled after game two, which changed much of the dynamics to the game as he stopped 123 of 130 shots. The Kessel, Crosby, Malkin threesome was in full force for this round but let’s face it; we were rooting for Craig Anderson to hold them back. He did stop 206 of 220 shots but sadly it wasn’t enough. The Sens fell to the Pens in game seven. Oddly, the NHL reportedly ‘censored’ a video of Karlsson telling Crosby he hoped he was healthy–after all we were all wondering at this point if he was playing injured and if the Pens were ignoring potential concussion symptoms. (YardBarker)

And then everything seemed to shift and become all about Crosby. The Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford complained that Crosby was receiving abuse at the hands of opponents. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was forced to address the charges and the allegation that the NHL allowed Crosby to play even though he had a concussion. Bettman pretty much blew it off, but not NBC sports. 

PK Subban became the player to hate by the Pens in the final round. He too is an equally tough, and sometimes considered ‘dirty’ player. He will do what it takes to score, and like Ovechkin, he does it with flare which drives the Pens nuts. In the first game, the Preds held off the Pens from shooting for 37 minutes of play (The Score). Caps fans were pretty excited and impressed and oh so hopeful that this signaled the end of the the Pens run.It was not to be, but it did give us another view of Crosby and the Penguins’ culture.

There were questionable calls that led to the refs calling back goals–which pretty much no one agreed with.

By game five things got pretty disgusting with regards to Crosby and the pass he seemed to have been given. First we had the slamming of Subban’s head into the ice. Any other player would clearly have been ejected and likely been suspended. Not Crosby–he got two minutes:

And then he threw a water bottle on the ice. He claimed it slipped out of his hand and went into his Mr. Innocent act. He got a pass while again, any other player would have received a poor sportsmanship penalty.

In the end, many believe that the playoffs were ruined by the behavior of the NHL’s ‘Golden Boy,” Sidney Crosby. He may well have extraordinary skill but his on-ice attitude leaves much to be desired. He is frequently viewed as a dirty player who gets away with things that would lead to the ejection of other players. He is unapologetic for his own behavior while frequently whining about his own treatment to the refs during the game and pouting after. He feigns innocence and gets away with it. We’re pretty sure every team in the league has some nasty Crosby story. Above all else, Crosby is the reason that no one outside of Pittsburgh is celebrating the Penguins second championship.

Going forward, the NHL really needs to review its officiating and determine how they can ensure more consistency between the regular season and the playoffs. They must do something give the fans the sense that the final round hasn’t been decided as soon as the playoff teams are announced. Clearly the NHL needs a superstar for promotion of the league. Perhaps it is time to find someone of Wayne Gretzky’s caliber who is above suspicion for his play and has the complete respect of the league.

The NHL Network has already decided that the Penguins will be the best team for season 2017/18 and are predicting a third cup in the row for them—with or without Crosby. The worst part of the next year will be that every team will be compared to the Pens and every captain or lead player will be compared to Crosby. And the Caps will constantly face a barrage of questions about playing the Pens and have their two-time loss thrown in their faces. This can go two ways for the Caps—it can demoralize them and beat them down. Or, if folks like Justin Williams and Nick Backstrom have any say in it, call propel them to play harder and develop a winning strategy over the Pens. Either way, it’s gonna be ugly for Caps fans every time we watch those playoff reals, watch Sid lift the cup, and live with the constant reminder that the Pens won the Stanley Cup.

 

 

Blue Jackets Break Capitals in Overtime

Tonight’s 2-1 OT loss was nothing short of hard fought. The Capitals pushed and pushed through all of three periods and in sudden death overtime, but it was the Columbia Blue Jackets that would be the winners tonight.

 

While the first period was predominately uneventful, it did instill a bit of hope into Caps fans. It may have started off slow and without much energy, but it didn’t take long for the boys to wake up and really start playing. They started spending much more time on offense, as opposed to always being in their own end, and most importantly, there were taking lots of shots. The Caps fought for the puck and made sure to be fast about it. Though there was no scoring, it was a good start to the game.

 

The second period was just as slow as the first, aside from someone finally scoring. It was Nicklas Backstrom who broke the ice, getting a goal, fifteen minutes in. Less remarkable moments of the second twenty minutes included a number of penalties, mostly from the Capitals. Their penalty kill was very strong, though, and they made it through the second period without being scored on. Overall, the second period still left fans hungry for more action.

 

The star of the third period was certainly Philip Grubauer. He was making beautiful saves and staying strong during the penalty kills. It wouldn’t be enough, though. Less than halfway through the period, Werenski scored a goal, tying the game and putting fans on edge. Not even a minute later, Backstrom scored his second of the game, but it was quickly taken away because of an offsides review, sending the game into overtime. Though both teams fought hard, it was the Blue Jackets who came out victorious when Atkinson scored the game-winning goal, thirty-seven seconds in. It was a very good game, overall, for the Capitals, though, despite this loss. Hopefully, they will use this for motivation against the Penguins in Washington tomorrow.

Caps Pregame Update 

Ok folks we finally have the skinny on tonight’s game.

Philipp Grubauer is in the net, giving the team a chance to redeem themselves after the embarrassing lack of support they showed on Saturday.dsc_0156

Taylor Chorney is in again which means Nate Schmidt is in the viewing area tonight.

The lines are as we have never seen them before as the team captain moves to the second line. This is one area that the critics have disagreed with Coach Trotz. We listed it as a weakness–the inconsistency and unraveling of cohesion. Others think the change could spark new energy. We remain optimistically skeptical…

The lines tonight, according to Isabelle Khurshudyn of WP are as follows:

Forwards

Marcus Johansson-Nicklas Backstrom-T.J. Oshie

Alex Ovechkin-Jay Beagle-Andre Burakovsky

Zach Sanford-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Justin Williams

Daniel Winnik-Lars Eller-Tom Wilson

Defensemen

Karl Alzner-Matt Niskanen

Dmitry Orlov-John Carlson

Brooks Orpik-Taylor Chorney
Goaltenders

Philipp Grubauer (starter)

Braden Holtby


Scratches

Brett Connolly

Nate Schmidt

Hang on friends- it’s gonna be a wild ride tonight. Game time is 7  pm on CSN.

Power Play Propels Caps Past The Blue Jackets

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The Washington Capitals traveled to Columbus take home the victory (6-3) over  the Blue Jackets in the third match between the two teams. Fresh off their victory over the New York Rangers, the Caps were ready to stick to their winning ways. With Zach Sill and Aaron Ness sent back down to Hershey with many praises from Barry Trotz, Ryan Stanton was called up for his first game in a Caps sweater. Holtby stood on his head again to bring a win in for the team.

First Period: It’s Not How You Start…

The Caps started out this game a little slow. They were the unfortunate recipients of the first penalty as Nicklas Backstrom was called for interference. Columbus was leading shots on goal 10-1 at one point.

  • Columbus earned the first goal of the game when Kerby Rychel recorded his first NHL goal to give Columbus the advantage.
  • Minutes later, Backstrom evened things up and got the Caps on the board, assisted by TJ Oshie and Alex Ovechkin.
  • After blocking a shot off his hand, Jason Chimera showed fans he was just fine by scoring the Caps second goal, assisted by Marcus Johansson.  game chimera

 

End of the period, 2-1 Caps

Second Period: Goals Galore!

The second period is when the goals started coming. The Caps scored 3 and the Jackets scored 1. All but one of these goals were scored on power plays. About three minutes in, the Caps went to the power play as Marcus Johansson was caught in the face by a high stick and started bleeding. Justin Falk was off to the sin bin for a four minute double minor.

  • On the power play, Alexander Ovechkin notched his 28th goal of the season, assisted by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Matt Niskanengame ovi
  • Nicklas Backstrom earned his 15th goal of the season, also assisted by Kuzy and Nisky.
  • Ryan Stanton was called holding and Boone Jenner scored on the Jackets power play.

game bura Andre Burakovsky answers the CBJ goal by adding another one for the Caps at even strength, again assisted by Kuzy as well as Justin Williams.

A few minutes later, Michael Latta defended Marcus Johansson’s honor and got in a fight with Justin Falk. Both Latta and Falk were charged with fighting majors, Falk was hit with holding and Latta also got hit with a five-minute roughing minor. Marcus was also called for holding.

End of the period: 5-2 Caps

Third Period…It’s How You Finish

The Caps seemed to have this game in the bag when the third period started. However, five minutes in, Ryan Murray scored for Columbus to bring the Jackets to within two. A little while later, Ovi was awarded a penalty shot as he was cleaned out by Cody Goloubef and ended up in the net with Sergei Bobrovsky. Ovi could not convert on the penalty shot.

  • With 3:11 left in the game, Sergei Bobrovsky was lifted for an extra skater. MoJo managed to get the puck to the blue line and tossed it towards the yawning net and scored the final goal with 32.4 seconds left in the game. Assisted by Kuzy and Williams.

Final: 6-3 Caps

With this victory, the Caps are now 35-8-3. This was also Braden Holtby’s 30th win of the season.Everyone seemed to want to score or assist tonight. Great showing by Nicky with two goals, Kuzy with four assists, and Niskanen with two assists. And what can you say about Chimmer–leaves the ice after taking a hit to the hand only to return and put one in the net. Oh, and congrats to Michael Latta for his 100th NHL game.

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Next Games and Practices

Wed Jan 20     Day off per Caps PR

Thu Jan 21       1030 Practiceper Caps PR

Fri Jan 22        1015 Morning Skate likely

Fri Jan 22        7pm Anaheim Ducks  CSN NHLN 106.7 (SnovechkinII ???)

Sun Jan 27       1230 pm Pittsburg       NBC TVAS SN360 106.7

Written by Ashley Reid

Photos by Brittney Marcum

 

Capitals and CBJ Lineup

The first place Washington Capitals take on the last place Columbus Blue Jackets at 7pm tonight at Nationwide Arena. Watch the match on CSN or listen on 106.7 or the Caps Radio.

Your Washington Capitals Projected Lineup for Tonight

There have been a few changes in the lines for tonight with Zach Sill and Aaron Ness retuning to the Hershey Bears.

Forward Lines
Ovechkin Backstrom Oshie
Burakovsky Kuznetsov Williams
Chimera Johansson Wilson
Laich Richards Latta
Defensemen Parings
Alzner Niskanen
Schmidt Orlov
Stanton (Caps debut) Chorney
Goalies
Braden Holtby (in net) Philipp Grubauer

Kuznetsov leads the team in overall points at 44, followed by Nicklas Backstrom with 42 points.

Ovechkin leads the team with 27 goals. Kuznetsov and Backstrom lead the team with 29 assists each

Injury Report and Team Scratches   carly

Jay Beagle: He continues to recover. We don’t expect him for another four weeks. Even Beags is skating now and working with the trainers before practice starts.

John Carlson is still day-to-day. He participated in morning skate in Columbus this morning. Should be back before the All Stars.

Brooks Orpik is on the Long-term Injured Reserve list for an undisclosed injury. Like John, should be back before the All Stars.

The CBJ Projected Lineup

Forward Lines
Jenner Dubinsky Atkinsom
Saad Wennberg Anderson
Bourque Karlsson Rychel
Hannikainen Campbell Boll
Defensemen Pairings
Murray Jones
Johnson Goloubef
Falk Prout
Goalies
Bobrovsky in the net. Korpisaolo

Scott Hartnell is a healthy scratch following an apology to the team for his penalty during the Avs game. He leads the team with 31 points.

Brandon Saad leads the team with 16 goals and Ryan Johansson with 20 assists.

Fedor Tyutin healthy scratch.

 

Caps Back to Columbus

The top and bottom teams in the NHL meet at Nationwide Arena for their third of four meetings this season. Each team has a win, with the Blue Jackets winning in an overtime shootout in 2 January.The Washington Capitals keep giving their friends great reasons to celebrate. First it was Alex Ovechkin and his 500 goals and then it was Justin Williams and his hat trick. Once again they are on a great high and looking to start another winning trend in Columbus.

  • Looks like Braden Holtby gets the nod.
  • Jan. 18: Re-assigned Aaron Ness and Zach Sill to Hershey (AHL)
  • stantonRyan Stanton in for missing defensemen.

The Columbus Blue Jackets for its part at 17-15-4 clearly lags behind the Caps (34-8-3) in performance; however, the CBJ are one of the three teams that have dealt the Caps a loss in their last 10 games. The Caps have only lost eight games which puts Columbus in a unique club.

GAME TIME IS 7pm

Fourth line juggling continues. Looks like for tonight it is:

Injury Report and Team Scratches

Jay Beagle: He continues to recover. We don’t expect him for another four weeks. Even Beags is skating now and working with the trainers before practice starts.

John Carlson is still day-to-day. He is skating before team practice and reportedly participated in morning skate—the first time he has skated with the team since his injury (Vogs). Getting closer!! He should be back before the All Stars.

Brooks Orpik is on the Long-term Injured Reserve list for an undisclosed injury. Like John, should be back before the All Stars.

CBJ Stuff: Fight to the End

Columbus, in their game against the Colorado Avalanche, scored the game winning goal with 1.07 left in the third period, scored by Jack Johnson. Joonas Korpisalo won great praise from his coach after the game and a stellar endorsement as a goaltender.

  • Jack Johnson and Brandon Saad scored on the Caps in their last match January 2nd—each scoring twice and Johnson on the power play.
  • Scott Hartnell is a healthy scratch following an apology to the team for his penalty during the Avs game.

The news to watch here is goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky who will be in the net against the Caps tonight. He has been practicing, according to CBJ press releases, for the past few days. Coach Tortorella has said that Bobs is “our number one guy.” He has a 4-3-3 goals against average (GAA) when he plays against the Caps.

  • Goalie Curtis McElhinney has been out since the Caps last visit when he slipped and sprained his ankle. He was replaced with rookie Anton Forsberg who held the Caps back in the shootout and served up a win for his teammates. It was his first NHL win.

More Milestones Coming:

Michael Latta will play in his career 100th NHL/Capitals game.

Karl Alzner, the Iron Man, is three points away from 100 NHL points and with this game ties Bob Carpenter (422) for the longest consecutive games played in franchise history.

Next Games and Practices

Wed Jan 20     1230 Practice

Thu Jan 21       1130 Practice likely

Fri Jan 22        1015 Morning Skate likely

Fri Jan 22        7pm Anaheim Ducks  CSN NHLN 106.7 (SnovechkinII ???)

Sun Jan 27       1230 pm Pittsburg       NBC TVAS SN360 106.7

Photos by Brittney Marcum

Columbus: Where the Caps Lose First Two in a Row

The Washington Capitals had a hard fight against the Blue Jackets. The game was chock full of penalties and power play goals on both sides. The game was physical with 28 hits by Columbus to the Caps’ 9.

Shout out to The Caps Road Crew!

First Period: The Powerplay Goals (3)

The game started with Nicklas Backstrom winning the opening draw. At 18:36 Dmitry Orlov is sent to the box and the Blue Jackets score at 18:28 with the win of the draw. First CBJ shot—first goal.

Caps would go on the power play after T.J. Oshie was tripped up. 12:48 Oshie strikes back just eight seconds into the power play—his fifth PP goal of the season. Assisted by Marcus Johansson 1-1

Brandon Saad answered back at 12:04 as a loose puck sneaks in around Holtby. 2-1 CBJ

Rene Bourque penalty called for holding Brooks Laich. Good chances led to Jason Chimera scoring his 11th goal—a PP goal assisted by Backstrom and Matt Niskanen. Tied again.

Caps on another PP with Ryan Johansen called for interference against Tom Wilson. (No—Tom DID NOT go to the box with him!!) No goal this time.

Ovechkin’s attempts were all misses this period. Blue Jackets outshot, out hit, and won more faceoffs than the Caps.

Second Period: In Which Trotz Wins His 1st Coaches Challenge

Caps went on the power play when David Clarkson was called for high-sticking Wilson. At 17:15 a short-handed goal was initially awarded to William Karlsson who shot one past Holtby. Trotz challenged, believing the Jackets were offside and the play was overturned!!! FINALLY Trotz wins a challenge!

MoJo found his way from the center and scored his 9th goal of the season at 3:53. Wilson got his 12th point on the assist. 3-2 Caps

Trainer Greg Smith came out after Holtby’s mask was flipped off by a stick jabbed just under his lid by Nick Foligno. No penalty called, of course. Coach took exception to the lack of a call. Holtby had his own little chat with the ref as he left the ice heading into the second intermission.

Third Period—Caps let it go..

Oshie shot the puck over the glass leading to a delay of game. At 15:13 Jack Johnson evened the score with a slapshot. And…14:22 the Caps returned the favor as Evgeny Kuznetsov backhands it behind McElhinney for his 12th goal of the season. Wilson (11th) and Karl Alzner (9th) with the assists. 4-3 Caps

The Jackets (Scott Hartnell) were called for unsportsmanlike conduct for putting a puck in the net after the whistle was blown. Tortorella just sunk his head into his hands…

Four shots and a miss by Ovi failed to bring a goal out of the PP.

At 1:08 Saad ties it all up with a backhanded shot and the game goes to overtime. 4-4

Overtime

Goalie Curtis McElhinney slipped and fell on himself and looked to snap his knee. Anton Forsberg came in as the goalie was escorted off the bench by his trainers.

Columbus was called at 2:56 for slashing and the Caps would go four on three in the power play but couldn’t get through Forsberg.

29 seconds left and Kuzy hooks Saad and CBJ would go on a very short four on three. Holtby held them back and it is on to the…

Shootout:

Atkinson no go

TJ goes wide and its in

Dubinsky – slips past Holtby

Kuzy – fakes and doesn’t go in

Johansen – forehand stop and in it goes

Backstrom – unable to answer and the game to Columbus

Final

The entire team stepped it up in the third period, but it was obvious they were becoming exhausted. Chimera had five shots in regulation, the most for the team. Tom Wilson had a great night with two assists and no time in the sin bin. The ice appeared chunky with only a minor scrap after the third period. The team closed ranks to protect Holtby after the uncalled stick to the face. Unfortunately, the Caps couldn’t keep the leave and turn the game over to Columbus for the win. 5-4

Coming Up:

Braden Holtby, with 125 career games won is four games away from passing Don Beaupre (128) for second place on the Caps franchise list.

The Caps have a scheduled day off on Sunday.

Practice is scheduled for 10:30 Monday at Kettler Capitals IcePlex.

Tue Jan 5, 2016 Capitals Bruins, 7:00 PM CSN-DC, TVAS

Thu Jan 7, 2016 Capitals Islanders, 7:00 PM CSN-DC, TVAS, SN360

Sat Jan 9, 2016 Capitals Rangers, 1:00 PM CSN-DC, SNE, SNO, SNP