News from Morning Skate: Brooks Orpik is Close to Returning

MEDSTAR CAPITALS ICEPLEX – The Washington Capitals went back to work on Thursday morning gearing up for a Metropolitan Division clash with the Carolina Hurricanes. We sent our team to a packed morning skate to see how the Caps will line up for this game and see how close Brooks Orpik is to returning.  Continue reading “News from Morning Skate: Brooks Orpik is Close to Returning”

The Pregame: Capitals Host Hurricanes After Christmas Break

Hope you had a Merry Christmas or Capsmas and fantastic holiday Caps fans. Your Washington Capitals resume their chase towards back to back on Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Let’s take a look at the matchup and catch you up on what’s happened with these teams lately. Puck drop from Capital One Arena is at 7 p.m. and you can catch the game on NBC Sports Washington  Continue reading “The Pregame: Capitals Host Hurricanes After Christmas Break”

Alex Ovechkin’s Hat Trick in Second Straight Game Leads Caps to Comeback Win over Hurricanes

The Washington Capitals and their were frustrated. It was a stinker start of the game and it saw the Caps trail 4-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes before they mounted a furious comeback in the third period to win the game 6-5 in a shootout. The win was the Caps fourth in a row and 11th win in their last 13 games. The comeback was led by Alex Ovechkin’s hat trick, the second straight game he accomplished the feat. The difference in the shootout was Jakub Vrana, who scored his first career shootout goal on his first-ever attempt. The Caps improve their record to 19-9-3 for 41 points and lead the Blue Jackets by five-points for first place in the Metropolitan DivisionContinue reading “Alex Ovechkin’s Hat Trick in Second Straight Game Leads Caps to Comeback Win over Hurricanes”

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!

Continue reading “Capitals Best Tweets and IG of Friday”

TBT: Caps, Hurricanes, and a Road Trip

The Washington Capitals will play the Carolina Hurricanes for the second time this season, also at PNC Arena. We were there, with the Road Crew.

You remember that game–the one where the team left Philipp Grubauer out to dry in a 5-1 loss to the Canes. dsc_0532

If you are heading to Raleigh for the game, make sure to check out Stormy: he is one or our favorite NHL Mascots. You can find him hanging with the kids or sliding down the railing!!

Be sure to check out the store. They have stuff from all around the NHL. We even found some Caps pucks. They have a whole section for your pets. We got Rocking Rufus a Stormy…he kind of liked him LOL

 

dsc_0002This is the Caps second game on the road, having won their fifth in a row against the Islanders on Monday in a game where the Capitals looked really good!! While the Road Crew and Fan Club won’t be there, we know there are a lot of fans who will ROCK THE RED at PNC Arena.

 

 

Caps-Canes: Pregame Line Projections

Caps Canes Match-up

Capitals  49-14-5

Hurricanes 31-26-12

Game Time 7pm at Verizon Center  (CSN-DC)

There has been a lot of movement during practice on the top three lines and it is anyone’s guess what falls out tonight. Coach Trotz said Monday that he was changing things up because of the way the Boyz played on the west coast trip. He wants to “get a little more stability” and make sure that “everyone is engaged.”

Monday he moved Jay Beagle up to the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. That forced a trickle down change with TJ Oshie slipping to the second line and Tom Wilson sliding in for Beags on the fourth.

 Then on Tuesday he did it again. Same makeup for the forwards but he brought Taylor Chorney in and moved Mike Weber out of his defenseman slot. We also saw more of the Richards, Winnik, and Wilson line.

So here is what we have heading into warm-ups but don’t be surprised if we see quite a bit of line shifting during the game as Coach attempts to brings something a “a little different to add more to the game.”

Caps Project Lines

Ovechkin  Backstrom  Beagle

Burakovsky  Kuznetsov  Oshie

Chimera  Johansson  Williams

Winnet  Richards  Wilson

Defensemen

Alzner  Niskanen

Orpik  Orlov

Schmidt  Chorney

Goaltender

Most likely Braden Holtby backed up by Philipp Grubauer.

And now for the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Canes, as we know,  beat the Caps this season. It is worth mentioning given that they are in an elite club.

Projected Lines:

Nordstrom  J. Staal  Lindholm

Skinner Rask DiGiuseppe

Gerbe  Nash  Terry

Malone  McClement  Sutter

Defenseman

Slavin  Hamsey

Hanifin  Pesce

Jordan  Murphy

Goaltender

Eddie Lack expected in the net backed up by Cam Ward

 

Caps Look for Consistency Vs. Canes

The Washington Capitals are back home after they struggled a bit on a road trip that ended with three straight California games. The Caps started off t2-14 Gallery122he road trip with a pair of impressive wins: a 2-1 overtime win over the Boston Bruins in Beantown followed by a 2-1 shootout win in Anaheim against one of the NHL’s hottest teams the Ducks. The Kings nearly blew a 3-0 lead but held on in overtime to win 4-3. The final game in the road trip proved to be the worst as the Sharks owned the Capitals in the third with a 5-2 win and swept the season series, outscoring the Caps 10-2.

Slowly Fading Away
The Carolina Hurricanes come into this game desperately needing a win after losing seven of their last 12 games . They sit sixth in the Metropolitan and five points back of Detroit for a wild card spot with 74 points. The Hurricane are 24th in goals per game (2.4), 18th in Goals Against (2.7), 19th in the Power Play (17.7%), 8th in Penalty Kill (83.1%) and are 2-5 in their last seven road games.

Ten-year NHL veteran starting goaltender Cam Ward hasn’t had the season he wanted. He looks to bounce back after losing a heartbreaker in the closing seconds of overtime to Buffalo 3-2. His current season record is 20-15-8 with a 2.44 GAA and .907 save percentage. He also has recorded a sub-.900 save percentage in seven of his last 10 starts.

  • With 14 games remaining and a cut line at around 94 points, the Canes need to pick up around 75% of their remaining available points just to stay in the hunt.

Home Cookin’
The Washington Capitals are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. They have the best home record in the NHL at 26-6-2 (54 points) and currently sit in the top four of goals per game (3.2), goals against (2.3), power play (23.8%) and penalty kill (84.1%).

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Braden Holtby looks to start after getting some rest over the weekend. He has 14 games to win seven and tie Martin Brodeur’s single-season win record. His current season record is 41-8-4 with a 2.25 GAA and .922 save percentage. Holtby has looked human while going 1-2-1 in his last four starts. That four-game stretch came against a quartet of playoff-bound teams, so expect the Capitals netminder to rebound with an easier schedule looming up ahead.

  • Over the last five games, the Caps have been outscored 8-0 in the first period and have allowed the first goal in 13 of the last 15 games.
  • Alex Ovechkin’s scoreless streak continues as he has now been held without a goal in his last five games.

The Capitals are looking to win number 50 for the third time. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. Tuesday night!

Written by: Christopher Johnson

Photos by: Brittney Marcum

Hurricanes Pressure Takes the Wind out of the Red Hot Caps

Caps Winning Streak Broken by Carolina Hurricanes

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The streak is over but we still have a reason to celebrate. CAPS CAPS CAPS

 

The League leading Washington Capitals blew into Raleigh for their final game of 2015 looking to end with 10 consecutive wins on the ledger. Philipp Grubauer was in the net tonight giving Braden Holtby a much needed rest. Unfortunately, it was not to be the Caps night.

Injury Count

Missing from the line up were Jay Beagle and John Carlson. And of course Brooks Orpik is still out. In for them were Zach Sill and Connor Carrick.

Nicklas Backstrom was back along with Michael Latta. Zach Sill and Latta moved back and forth as the third line center. And Connor Carrick stayed in the lineup and was paired with fellow defenseman Taylor Chorney. Nicky looked like his old self out there, which makes us all breathe easier.

First Period—The Yawner

The first period went scoreless with the Canes slightly outshooting the Caps. Evgeny Kuznetsov with a hooking call at 4:29  heads off to the box. Grubbs held off Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal’s attempt to score on the PP. The period ended scoreless and pretty evenly matched on shots on goal (SOG), hits, and faceoff wins.

Second Period—Goals and Tom Wilson

The second started with the Cans firing four shots in rapid succession, all of which Grubi saved. At 15:44 Dmitry Orlov brought his arm up and was called for elbowing/contact with the head—although Caps fans disagreed with the call. Caps PK line held against the Canes but after a wrist shot by Jordan Staal was waved off; Wilson and Sill got into a scrum with Jordan Staal just outside the crease. When Sill attempted to pull Staal off Jordan fell back into Tom Wilson which led to more of a tussle. Wilson, of course, ended up in the box along with Andrej Nestrasil for matching roughing penalties. Still no score though on the PP by Carolina. At 12:12 Phil DiGuiseppe scores with a snap shot. The Caps believed, as did most of you, the goal came as a result of the referees missing a tripping on Kuzy at the faceoff. At 10:12 Nicky showed us that he is just fine with a snap shot right over the shoulder of Eddie Lack and into the net. Nice shift by the fourth line with all of them firing shots and creating space to score. Brooks with four shots, Burki and Latts with one each in the period.  Tied game 1-1.

Third Period—The End

Around 51 seconds into the period, it looked like Staal had a goal as Grubauer slapped the goal out and the Ref failed to call a goal. The puck remained in play. Upon review it was ruled a good goal. 2-1 Canes. 14:44 Jeff Skinner scores. 3-1 A beauty of a shot by Ovi (21) (with an assist by Laich) brings the score a bit closer: 3-2 Canes. Our goalie was pulled and the Canes took advantage with an empty net goal by Nestrsil with seconds to spare. The game ended a disappointing 4-2 Canes.

Some great efforts by the boys. Everyone was working to make it happen. Unfortunately, it was not enough to pull out the win.

Happy New Year Friends, Keep Rocking the RED!!!

Caps Daily Glass Bump: Pregame 31 December 2015

New Year’s Eve in Raleigh: Puck Drops Early (6 pm)

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Photos by Brittney Marcum

After a rough game Wednesday, the Capitals overpowered the Sabres in the third period for their ninth win in a row. It was not without a cost though as Nicklas Backstrom left the ice with an undisclosed injury, as did Jay Beagle. Beagle will need surgery according to Coach Trotz and will go on the injured reserve list shortly.

Michael Latta and Nicky are expected back with the team in Raleigh; however, it seems that John Carlson may be out a bit longer after reviewing the results of his MRI. Players will be called up from Hershey to fill gaps or be on hand should any player not make it to the ice on Thursday. Expect some line shifts as a result.  canes carly

There was no morning skate.

According to CBS Sports, the Caps franchise record for consecutive wins is a “14-game run from Jan. 13-Feb. 7, 2010. They’re also opening a five-game trip seeking six consecutive road victories for the first time since Feb. 20-March 15, 2011.”

Alex Ovechkin leads the team with 20 goals. With his last two goals against Buffalo he is now within five goals of 500 NHL career goals.

A goalie has not been announced for tonight’s game at time of posting.

Braden Holtby leads the league in wins (24). Yup, we just keep changing the number on the same sentence!

Backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer could get the nod tonight. In the seven games he has been in the net he has four wins, two losses, and an OT loss. He should be strong in the net against the Canes should Trotz give him the opportunity.

Andre Burakovsky finally scored a goal in the third period of the Buffalo game—his first in 25 games. It will be interesting to see if he will break loose now with that monkey off his back!

Hurricanes Watch

The Caps have shown no mercy to the Canes in their two games so far this season ending 4-1 in October and 2-1 earlier this month.

Cam Ward should be in the net for Carolina. He has lost three of his last five games and overall has won 11 of 27 games played this season.

Justin Faulk (27) leads the team with 14 goals and 14 assists and as a defenseman he can be expected to play an offensive game against the Caps. He also leads the league in power-play goals. He hasn’t scored on the Caps in the last 15 games played against them.

Eric Staal (12) scored two goals in the Canes game against the Devils Tuesday breaking his scoring drought. However, he hasn’t scored in seven straight home meetings with Washington,

Coming Up:

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

The Capitals start a five-game away stretch on 31 December:

Sat Jan 2, 2016 Capitals Blue Jackets, 7:00 PM CSN-DC

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

What to Expect: From NYC to Raleigh—Pre-Christmas Game Match-up.

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T.J. Oshie was named the Second Star of The Week by the NHL.

Caps Daily Glass Bump: Pregame 21 December 2015

Photos by Brittney Marcum

The Washington Capitals did it again! They came from behind for a solid win against the NY Rangers on Sunday night. The Caps will bring their stunning offensive and defensive scoring power to Raleigh on Monday.  

No morning skate–we’ll see what the impact is to the first period…

What to Expect from our Caps.

williams  Justin Williams returns to face his former team when in the 2005/06 season he sealed the win for the Stanley Cup with a Game 7  goal.

Evgeny Kuznetsov did not disappoint in Manhattan. He continues his routine of earning points and goals on the road.  kuzy

Holtby is still the winningest goalie in the league and leads in goals-against-average.

Ovechkin is eight goals away from 500 NHL career goals.

Line-up looks to be the same.

Expect the Unexpected from the Canes?

The Hurricanes are building a strong power play structure that could prove problematic for the Caps if they are given the opportunity. Canes lost to the Caps back in October and will want to even the score. Jeff Skinner (53) had the only goal in that game, 4-1. They also have five wins in eight games and their win Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins may have spun them up for tonight.

Defenseman Justin Falk (27) is the jewel of the team right now. He leads the team in overall points with 12 goals and 15 assists.

No doubt that Jordan Staal (12) and his “power move” of flying down the boards and shooting right into the net.

Goalie Cam Ward had 37 saves against the Pens on Saturday.

After tonight the Caps have a holiday break until December 26th when they meet the Atlantic Division leaders—the Montreal Canadiens.

FYI: There will be no home practices until December 26.