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”

Caps are back in it and fans are breathing again.

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So the Capitals won their third game in the first round–in OT, after losing two in OT. There is a sense of relief that they won one and have to come home for a Game Five on Saturday. Just need to get through game four now.

Three games in OT?? That hasn’t left most fans feeling great about getting to the second round. So just how do y’all feel? Here’s what we’ve been hearing:

  • We are relieved to see Holtby playing like himself again- he will be back in the net for Game Four. Good to know we have two good goalies- most don’t blame first two losses on Grubi.
  • We can wait until the third period to watch since it keeps going to OT. And we would like that to stop!
  • So about those bottoms six… This is gonna take a full team effort. Now to get them working at the same time in the same game. And then of course there is the D scoring- love us some Carlson.

Lots of love for Lars Eller. We’ll take all the ugly goals he wants to dish out.

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Still have a thumbs up for Vrana. We love his speed and driving to the net. Not so thrilled with the penalties.

  • Pucks on goal, catch those rebounds, slip the penalties, and keep on shooting.
  • Still a lot of nervous optimism for the team. Something needs to change to move forward–of course we don’t really know what.

Look, we love an exciting playoff series. We love sitting on the edge of our seats and screaming. Mostly we would like not to feel like heart failure is around the corner every single game. So maybe they can get that two goal lead and keep it and we can celebrate a little earlier. Just a thought…

Game four is Thursday at 730 in Columbia. Game 5 is back on Caps ice at 3pm. Lots of tickets are still available.

Keep Rocking the Red!!!!

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 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

Caps Daily Glass Bump: Jan 2nd Pregame Info

Caps Look to Steal Columbus High

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The team held morning skate at Nationwide Arena with puck-drop set for 7 pm. Tonight on CSN. The Blue Jackets had a strong showing against the Dallas Stars serving up a surprising defeat at 6-3.

Possible line changes for tonight:

Zach Sill skated with the fourth line during morning skate.

Aaron Ness skated with Taylor Chorney.

Andre Burakovsky skated with the second line.

Special note: The Caps Road Crew is in the house!

Player Call-ups and Scratches.

On Friday, the Caps recalled defenseman Ryan Stanton from the Hershey Bears. Stanton played 54 games for the Vancouver Canucks in 2014/15 and ranked fourth in hits and blocked shots for the team. This year for the Bears he has two goals and five assists in 28 games played. He also has 30 penalty minutes.

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Aaron Ness

Defenseman Aaron Ness was recalled from Hershey on 31 December. He mostly likely will fill in for Carlson tonight. The 5’10, 187 pound Ness has played 27 games with the Bears registering two goals and 11 assists.

 

Connor Carrick was reassigned to Hershey on Friday.

Zach Sill, recalled from Hershey Tuesday, January 29 originally filling the gap when Michael Latta injured his arm, he and Latta have filled the gap for the injured Jay Beagle. The 6’1”, 202-pound forward Sill has played two games and registered four shots but no goals. He averaged 10:20 in ice time in his last two games.

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Zach Sill

 

Right wing Stanislav Galiev has been a healthy scratch having played his last game December 14 against Pittsburgh.

Injury Report

Jay Beagle had successful hand surgery today, according to the Washington Capitals and has been placed on the injured reserve list. Up to six weeks before his return. He has missed 1 game. cbj jay

John Carlson could be back after the Columbus game, according to comments from Coach. He has missed 3 games.

Brooks Orpik is on the Long-term Injured Reserve list for an undisclosed injury. He has missed 23 games and there is no timetable for his return.

Alex Ovechkin leads the team with 21 goals and is four away from 500 NHL career goals. He is fifth in the NHL. He also is four games away from a career 800 NHL games.

Braden Holtby leads the league in wins (24). His 1.86 goals against average (GAA) is currently second in the league. He’s got this! And backing him up in the net is Philipp Grubauer who is a strong goaltender and someone in whom the coach has great confidence.

Jason Chimera is four assists away from an NHL career 200 assists.

Blue Jackets Watch

This is second meeting between the teams this season. In October Justin Williams and T.J. Oshie scored two goals ending the match 2-1 Caps. The Blue Jackets see this as a ‘must win’ game as the team on the bottom of the standings chart struggles to save face. They played a physical game against Dallas with 29 hits and one roughing penalty by Rene Bourque (18).

Curtis McElhinney is the netminder tonight. He was in the net against the Jackets surprise win against the Stars with 40 saves on 43 attempts. Should be a great goalie matchup if he is as sharp tonight.

Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was activated and removed off Injured Reserve list. The Russian Vezina Trophy winner last played December 8 and has a .918 save percentage. The Jackets have won 30 of 51 games with Bobs in the net. He is now listed as day-to-day.

Left wing Scott Hartnell (43) leads the team in points with 15 goals and 14 assists. He has two goals in his last five games.

Left Wing Brandon Saad (20) holds the second team leader slot with 14 goals and 13 assists, with three goals and three assists in his last five games.

Left wing Nick Foligno (71), the team’s leader in goals and points last season is not performing as strongly this year; however, he has stepped things up recently with one goal and six assist in his last five games.

Center Brandon Dubinsky (17) has four assists in his past five games.

David Clarkson is in for Matt Calvert. No production from Clarkson in his last four games.

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

Photos by Brittney Marcum

Caps Daily Morning Report: 2 Jan

Restart in Columbus

The team took off Friday to recover from their New Year’s Eve loss in Raleigh. They will have morning skate Saturday  at Nationwide Arena and will play the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7 pm. tonight. The Blue Jackets had a strong showing against the Dallas Stars serving up a surprising defeat at 6-3.

stantonOn Friday, the Caps recalled defenseman Ryan Stanton from the Hershey Bears and re-assigned Connor Carrick. Stanton played 54 games for the Vancouver Canucks in 2014/15 and ranked fourth in hits and blocked shots for the team. This year for the Bears he has two goals and five assists in 28 games played. He also has 30 penalty minutes. He will bring a high degree of physicality to the game if in for the healing Carlson.

Injury Report

Beagle is having surgery according to Coach Trotz and has been placed on the injured reserve list. No timetable for his return.

John Carlson could be back in a few days, according to comments from Coach.

Brooks Orpik remains on the Long-term Injured Reserve list.

On the Bright Side

Standings: The Caps are first in the Metropolitan Division. They are first in the Eastern Conference. They are a close (1 point) second in the NHL. They have a healthy lead in the division and conference.

Team: Coach Trotz has molded this team into just that: a team that plays well together and that supports one another. It isn’t a matter of one shining star but of many who step forward to share the responsibility for winning.

Alex Ovechkin leads the team with 21 goals and is four away from 500 NHL career goals. He is fifth in the NHL.

Braden Holtby leads the league in wins (24). His 1.86 goals against average is second in the league. He’s got this! And backing him up in the net is Philipp Grubauer who is a strong goaltender and someone in whom the coach has great confidence.

Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetzov are assist masters. Each has 22 assists and 11 goals. They are creating opportunities every shift for the top line to score while scoring themselves as well.

Justin Williams, T.J. Oshie, and Marcus Johansson round out the top six with a fighting drive to get to the net and score. Williams and Oshie have 24 points and MoJo has 22.

Jason Chimera has notched 10 goals this season making him part of the six with double-digit goals. Although Tom Wilson only has two goals in his column, there is no denying the presence he brings to ice and the way in which he excites the team and the crowds. The hole on this line clearly is Jay Beagle, yet the team managed to fill the gap with Michael Latta and Zach Sill. Sill seems to be a great fit for now, regardless of which line he plays.

Andre Burakovsky finally broke through and scored a goal during the game in Buffalo. The fourth line, with Brooks Laich and Michael Latta looked strong on Thursday—each with shots on goal that came close to getting around the net minder.

Defense: The loss of John Carlson could be seen on Thursday. Carlson brings something more to the game than just the 27 points he is carrying—he brings real leadership too. It is less clear what coach will do with the partnering of defensemen and the temporary replacement of Carlson on Saturday. They were not all that the team needed on Thursday and hopefully they will get back in the groove and hopefully Carly will return strong and healthy against Boston.

Blue Jackets Watch

This is second meeting between the teams this season. In October Justin Williams and T.J. Oshie scored two goals ending the match 2-1 Caps. The Blue Jackets see this as a ‘must win’ match as the team on the bottom of the standings chart struggles to save face. They played a physical game against Dallas with 29 hits and one roughing penalty by Rene Bourque (18).

Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was activated and removed off Injured Reserve list. The Russian Vezina Trophy winner last played December 8 and has a .918 save percentage. The Jackets have won 30 of 51 games with Bobs in the net.

Left wing Scott Hartnell (43) leads the team in points with 15 goals and 14 assists. He has two goals in his last five games.

Left Wing Brandon Saad (20) holds the second team leader slot with 14 goals and 13 assists, with three goals and three assists in his last five games.

Left wing Nick Foligno (71), the team’s leader in goals and points last season is not performing as strongly this year; however, he has stepped things up recently with one goal and six assist in his last five games.

Center Brandon Dubinsky (17) has four assists in his past five games.

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 Caps have a scheduled day off on Sunday. Practice is likely to be held Monday at Kettler.

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

Photos by Brittney Marcum