The Pregame: A Rematch in Hollywood

michael banner 2The Washington Capitals continue their season-long six-game road trip with the second half of the stretch Monday night at Staples Center where they’ll take on the Los Angles Kings. These teams actually met one week ago at Capital One Arena with the Caps coming on top 6-4. Since the win, which ironically capped off a season long homestand of six games, the Caps have gone 1-2-0 thus far on the trip.  Continue reading “The Pregame: A Rematch in Hollywood”

The Pregame: Jay Beagle Returns to the District

Tonight will be an emotional night for Caps fans as they welcome back a center who brought a blue collared work ethic on the ice and a good heart off the ice. Jay Beagle was an integral part in the Capitals success. In 10 seasons, he played 471 games finishing with 116 points (51 goals and 65 assists). It ended in the best way possible, hoisting the Stanley Cup. Continue reading “The Pregame: Jay Beagle Returns to the District”

The Pregame: Viva Las Vegas! The Caps are Back Where the Stanley Cup Magic Happened

michael banner 2When I think of Las Vegas, Nevada two things come to my mind: magic shows and the place where our hockey team, the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup. Tuesday night, the Caps and the Vegas Golden Knights will square off inside T-Mobile Arena for the first time since that June 7th night and there will be a whirlwind of emotions for the players, coaches and fans.  Continue reading “The Pregame: Viva Las Vegas! The Caps are Back Where the Stanley Cup Magic Happened”

The Pregame: Alex Chiasson Gets His Stanley Cup Ring, Preview of Tonight’s Tilt in Edmonton

After a big win on Monday night in Vancouver, the Caps continue their four-game road trip tonight in Edmonton against Connor McDavid and the Oilers. Puck drop is at 9:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. The Stanley Cup ring tour made another big stop! After Jay Beagle got his ring, it was Alex Chiasson’s turn. Making the Capitals last year on a PTO, Chiasson was instrumental in the bottom-six forward corps. Continue reading “The Pregame: Alex Chiasson Gets His Stanley Cup Ring, Preview of Tonight’s Tilt in Edmonton”

Capitals Best Tweets and IG of Friday

The Capitals packed their bags and headed to Raleigh after a sad loss to the Hurricanes on Thursday. We’ve got some reactions to that game and outlook for tonight.

Follow our guy Bryce who is at the game tonight’s!

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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.

Caps Panthers Pre-Game Notes: All You Need to Know

DON’T FORGET: It’s a 7:30 puck drop tonight. Watch on NBCSN and listen 106.7

Your printable reference for tonight’s #CapsCats game.

With a 35-8-4 record returning from the All-Star break, the Caps will soon begin a series of games against Western Conference leaders—most who they have yet to play this season.

No Alex Ovechkin tonight: suspended for skipping the All-Star Games.

No Marcus Johannson.

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The Panthers have clawed their way up to the top and will be coming in from Nashville after a weekend of that highlighted the talents of Jaromir Jagr and Roberto Luongo. They lead the Atlantic Division with a 29-15-5 record.

Al Montoya will get the start in the net tonight. He is 7-2-1, .929)

Jonathan Huberdeau leads the team in points (34 with 8 goals & 28 assists).

Jagr follows with 33 points and sits behind Riley Smith (16g) with 15 goals. (BTW: Kuzy did score on Luaongo during the Games)

Caps Forward Lines

Galiev (49) Backstrom (19) Oshie (77)

Burakovsky (65) Kuznetsov (92) Williams (14)

Chimera (25) Richards (10) Wilson (43)

Laich (21) Sill (23) Latta (46)

Defensemen Parings

Alzner (28) Niskanen (2)

Schmidt (88) Carlson (74)

Orlov (9) Chorney (4)

Goalies

Braden Holtby (70) Philipp Grubauer (31) **

** Expected in the net tonight.

Injury List

Marcus Johansson joins the injured list having left the Flyers game early with an upper-body injury. He did not skate with the team on Monday or Tuesday. He is considered day-to-day.

Brooks Orpik skated with the team during morning skate for the first time in ages. This is a good sign friends! Sounds like he is on the mend. He has missed 33 games.

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Jay Beagle’s recovery is coming along. It could be another couple weeks before he returns to the game following hand surgery. He continues skating with the trainers before team practice. He has missed 11 games.

 The Panthers Projected Lineup

Forward Lines

Huberdeau (11)Barkov (16)Jagr (68)

Jokinen (36) Trocheck (21)Smith (18)

Howden (42) Bjugstad (27) Shaw (48

Thornton (22) MacKenzie (17)Knight (53)

Defensemen Pairings

Campbell (51) Ekblad (5)

Kulikov (7) Gudbranson (44)

Kampfer (3) Petrovic (6)

Goalies

Luongo (1) Montoya (35)**

** Expected in the net.

Injury List

Savard, Bolland, and Mitchell

Caps Take on Another NY Rival While Suffering More Player Losses  

 

Caps Daily Glass Bump: Jan 97h Pregame Info

Today is the official half-way point in the season and the Capitals hope to continue their latest streak. Much of that will depend on Braden Holtby who is largely responsible for the number one position the Caps hold. Without a doubt, this will be all about the goalie matchup as Henrik Lundqvist, who is still barely winning half of his games, keeps working to better his lackluster season. This is the third match with the Rangers this season with each team taking a win and each team wanting a ‘W’. 

All Eyes on Ovechkin and the New Guy

All the buzz right now is about Alex Ovechkin being three goals from another major milestone. Should he get a hat trick at Madison Square Gardens, he will celebrate his 500th NHL goal. Sweet as it would be to celebrate with him at home, many of our Caps friends think it would be even sweeter to do it in front of the team that has knocked them out of the playoffs one too many times.  

Let’s not overlook that he plays his career 800th NHL game today! Congrats Ovi!! Continue reading “Caps Take on Another NY Rival While Suffering More Player Losses  “

Caps Fan Club Welcomes Jill Sorenson

CSN’s Washington Capitals Emmy Award winning reporter, Jill Sorenson, met with the Fan Club on Saturday, November 21 to talk all things Caps before our game with the Colorado Avalanche. Jill talked about her journey from  NBC sports anchor and reporter with George Michael at WRC-TV from 2000 to 2004 to WTTG-TV (Fox),  before joining CSN in 2005. Today Jill leads CSN’s coverage for SportsNet Central and contributes to Capitals Pregame Live and Postgame Live coverage. She can often be seen near the Zamboni reporting before the game and has a reputation for some of the best interviews with players and coaches. She said she got her start reporting out in Minnesota, “where hockey is everything.”

Jill talked a bit about the impact of social media on reporting. She said for the beat reporters who are there every day, “twitter is very important” especially for breaking news. The challenge for her is to balance her responsibilities with CSN for SportsNet, other shows, and other sports coverage and making sure that fans get the information they want and need. She “gets a lot of her news from social media” too.

She spoke about how she got where she is today covering sports. She was an English and Spanish major in college because the college lacked a specific journalism program. Jill interned with a studio in Minneapolis and was advised by a sports producer that it didn’t matter what she majored in, just that she could communicate. She said she chose English as a major to sharpen her skills as a writer and the internships provided her with the experience she needed to advance in broadcasting. She was an athlete growing up and though she thought she would “be writing for Sports Illustrated or something” she interned with a news station and fell in love with it. Today she still loves writing and whenever the opportunity arises, she will write her own short pieces. Continue reading “Caps Fan Club Welcomes Jill Sorenson”