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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Caps Fall to Blue Jackets 2-1 in Overtime

In a close and exciting Metropolitan Division rivalry clash inside Capital One Arena, the latest chapter in the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets rivalry saw a low-scoring, goalie heavy classic. The Caps ultimately came up short in overtime 2-1 after scoring late in the game to tie it and come away with a point.  Continue reading “Caps Fall to Blue Jackets 2-1 in Overtime”

The Pregame: Caps Gear Up for Saturday Night Metro Clash vs. Blue Jackets

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MEDSTAR CAPITALS ICEPLEX – The Washington Capitals are back home after a brief stop in Boston where they took care of business. Now their focus turns towards tonight’s game. A rematch from last year’s first round of the playoffs that the Caps rallied from 2-0 down, the first step on their road to championship glory. It is also a key game in the Metropolitan Division. The Caps are vying for their fourth win in a row.  Continue reading “The Pregame: Caps Gear Up for Saturday Night Metro Clash vs. Blue Jackets”

Capitals First Round Prediction by stats

Thursday starts Washington’s first-round series against Columbus. This will undoubtedly be a hard fought game on both ends. The real question though is: who will end up winning? Stats show a lot about what has happened and what will happen. You know the saying: history tends to repeat itself. We Caps fans have seen over and over again but hopefully not this year! So what do the stats show? Continue reading “Capitals First Round Prediction by stats”

Caps Pregame Roundup: Caps-Blue Jackets & Practice Photos

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The Capitals will look to redeem themselves after the dreadful loss in Raleigh on Saturday. When our own Chris Cleveland congratulated Coach Trotz on the win in Chicago Friday, coach replied, “We sucked in Carolina though.”

So what is everyone saying about the upcoming game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday?

The Blue Jackets are coming off a big win against the St. Louis Blues, however, Coach John Tortorella said following the game that he was less than thrilled with the teams performance calling it a “sloppy” game. He specifically expressed displeasure with the checking.

CBJ have a better scoring record than do the Caps with “Nick Foligno leads Columbus with six goals, Sam Gagner has two assists and Josh Anderson has 18 shots on goal.” SportsChatPlace

 The Hockey Writers write that the “Blue Jackets have tallied the first goal in 11 of their 13 games.”

Monday’s Cap’s practice was a mix up line changes and drills to fine-tune player skills. It was clear that Trotz was working them hard as payment for their trials the previous week. It was hard to tell at practice Monday how the lines might look come Tuesday as coach seemed to be looking for the right mix as he moved players up and down the lines.

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Steve Whyno (AP) writes that Coach Trotz is switching around the lines again–including moving Jay Beagle up with Alex Ovechkin. The Washington Post also reported the potential for Beags sharing the first line with Ovi as coach looks for just the right balance.

We should have a better look at Coach’s plans following the morning skate at 11;30. We’ll be sure the post line updates as soon as we hear more. In the meantime, CSN is predicting:

1. Ovechkin-Beagle-Connolly/Burakovsky

2. Johansson-Backstrom-Oshie

3. Sanford-Kuznetsov-Williams

4. Winnik-Eller-Wilson

The defensive pairs, meantime, appeared unchanged.

 

Caps look to lock up the Presidents Trophy Vs. Blue Jackets

Washington Capitals (53-16-5, 111 points)
Columbus Blue Jackets (30-37-8, 68 points)
Puck Drop: 7 p.m.

Well that game on Saturday was embarrassing. The Capitals were shut out for the first time since November in a 4-0 drubbing by the St. Louis Blues (see post-game article for more.) The team played flat and with no life, looking like a team that had no drive after accomplishing two of their three goals for the regular season. Ovechkin tried to fire the team up late but it was not enough.

That’s Why They Call It The Blues

The Blue Jackets are only three points better than the dead-last Toronto Maple Leafs (65 points). John Tortorella has definitely not been enough for a team that once looked like a playoff contender with all their talent. They come into Verizon Center Monday just looking to earn enough points to not be the worst in the NHL.

  • Center Boone Jenner leads the team with 28 goals and 17 assists
  • Columbus is last in the Metropolitan, trailing the Devils by 12 points and the Capitals by 43 points.

Surviving Complacency

The Capitals hopefully had a wake up call on Saturday. Even with Grubauer in net, they played flat and if they do that at any point in the playoffs, they will be knocked out fast. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are a clean slate no matter what your seeding and teams will be hungry to knock them off. Hopefully we will see a different team Monday night.

  • The 1st Period woes continue for the Caps as they failed to score once again. They have been outscored 10-3 in their last 12 games in the 1st.
  • Braden Holtby is three wins shy of tying Martin Brodeur’s single-season wins record (48). He’s coming off a shut out Friday Vs. the Devils and will most likely be the starter Monday after getting Saturday to rest.