On Tuesday night, Jay Beagle returned to Washington but this time in a Vancouver Canucks uniform. The longtime fan favorite who spent 10 seasons with the Capitals ended up signing with Vancouver during the summer and many fans were sad when learning of Beagle’s departure. Whether you marveled at his hard work ethic on the ice or were touched by Beagle’s kindness toward the Caps fanbase, Tuesday would certainly be an emotional night for both Beagle himself and the Caps organization as a whole. Continue reading “Caps Fans Salute Jay Beagle Tuesday Night (Tribute Video)”
The Washington Capitals defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena. Coming off the break, the Caps have won two of their last three games to pull closer in the Metropolitan Division race. Their record improves to 28-18-6 and thanks to losses by the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins, they are now in second place just two points behind the first place Islanders. Continue reading “Capitals Defeat Canucks 3-2 with Alex Ovechkin Achieving Another Milestone”
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 Washington Capitals kicked off their four-game road trip the right way, defeating the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night 5-2. Nicklas Backstrom notched his 600th assist in the most fitting way possible, on an Alex Ovechkin power play goal. Continue reading “Nicklas Backstrom Records 600th and 601st Assists in Caps 5-2 Win Over Vancouver”
The Capitals will meet the Vancouver Canucks in the first of three roadtrip games tonight. The Nucks are having a bang of a start to the season by Western Conference rankings. The Capitals, not so much.
So we start with the dreaded news that Nicky Backstrom might not be in the game tonight. He is “ill”
The lines from this morning looked like this, but Coach says they could change. All depends on Backy’s status.
Holtby in the net.
Watch twitter for updates.
Anders Nilsson in the net for the Canucks. He has two shutouts already this season.
Vancouver’s projected lineup:
Daniel Sedin—Henrik Sedin—Jake Virtanen
Sven Baertschi—Bo Hovat—Brock Boeser
Sam Gagner—Alex Burmistrov—Thomas Vanek
Derek Dorsett—Brandon Sutter—Markus Granlund
Ben Hutton—Chris Tanev
Michael Del Zotto—Erik Gudbranson
Derrick Pouliot—Alex Biega
They are most concerned with keeping Ovechkin cornered and blocking his ability to shoot. And of course- beating Braden Holtby!!
After the past two losses, our win against Vancouver was a huge sigh of relief and allowed us to all feel a little better about this four-game road trip. Tonight’s game more than made up for the 4-2 loss to the Rangers and the 4-1 loss against the Oilers, plus gave us a good look at how these new line combinations will work for the team.
The first period was a breath of fresh air to Caps fans, when concerns from previous games were taken care of. Shots were taken, as opposed to an excess of passing. Specifically the third and fourth line seemed to be taking advantage of a lot more opportunities on goal, which made the offense very strong.
Defense, on the other hand, was a little sloppy, and allowed far too many breakaways, which would eventually result in Jannik Hansen scoring with five seconds left in the period. That wasn’t until after both Marcus Johansson and Tom Wilson had scored within fifteen seconds of each other, however. Grubauer was also very strong, making some incredible saves and being very fast in his movements. Highlights of the first twenty minutes included Johansson’s unintended headbutt on Canuck’s goaltender Jacob Markstrom, the efficient penalty kill from the Caps, and the incredible net presence that Barry Trotz was hoping to create.
The second period, on the other hand wasn’t as exciting. It started out slow and with a high-sticking penalty from Karl Alzner. The Caps were denied a goal under the claim of goaltender interference, but that did ignite a spark in them. After that, there was a lot more speed and eventually, a good goal from Marcus Johansson, yet again. Grubauer continued to make great saves and the defense cleaned it up some more. Overall, the second period was mostly in the Capitals favor, aside from a goal from Bo Horvat toward the end of the period.
The third period sealed the Capitals victory, though, seeing a goal from T.J Oshie as well as an empty-netter from Alzner. It also featured a number of penalties, however, from both ends. The Canucks got penalties on tripping from Hutton, and cross-checking from Virtanen, while the Caps got hooking from Lars Eller, and the same cross-checking from Nicklas Backstrom.
Overall, defense and speed were definitely a lot stronger in the last twenty minutes and, more accurately resembled the Capitals hockey we know and love. Trotz certainly knew what he was doing in tweaking the lines and leaving us all pleasantly surprised in this 5-2 win.
Canucks forward Emerson Etem said after skating this morning: “Tonight we have to make sure we don’t just focus on one key guy. The Caps have so many weapons.” That pretty much sums it up Caps friends—no one really knows what to do with the Washington Capitals. They have become the team that adjust to any given situation. That makes it hard for other teams to plan ahead. Enjoy the game tonight and don’t forget:
IT’S AN ALEX OVECHKIN CELEBRATION NIGHT!!
Bring your signs and light up the place for him.
Your Projected Lineup for Tonight
Ovechkin Backstrom Oshie
Burakovsky Kuznetsov Williams
Chimera Johansson Wilson
Laich Sill Galiev
Braden Holtby in the net
Injury Report and Team Scratches
Jay Beagle is recovering nicely from hand surgery. We don’t expect him for another four or five 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. 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.
Mike Richards continues to skate with the team during practice. He is a healthy scratch.
Michael Latta is a healthy and an injury scratch—maybe more precautionary than anything. This is his second in a row.
Canucks Update and Line up
Vancouver held an optional morning skate at Verizon this morning with both goalies and nine or 10 players. the projected lineup is:
D Sedin H. Sedin Dorsett
Baetschi Hovat Vrbata
Burrows Vey Etem
Prust Crackall Virtanen
Goalie: Believed to by Ryan Miller, back from injury.
More Milestones Coming:
Jason Chimera is ONE assist away from an NHL career 200 assists.
Braden Holtby, with 128 career games won is ONE win away from passing Don Beaupre (128) for second place on the Caps franchise list.
Michael Latta is two games away from a career 100 NHL/Capitals games played.
Brooks Laich is three games away from passing beloved Rod Langway’s 726th games played for eight place in the Caps franchise.
Karl Alzner, the Iron Man, is four points away from 100 NHL points and five games short of passing Bob Carpenter (422) for the longest consecutive games played in franchise history.
Next Games and Practices
Jan 15: 1130 Practice at Kettler Capitals Ice Plex
Jan 16: Morning Skate at First Niagra Center
Jan 16: 7pm Buffalo Sabres (CSN+, 106.7, and Caps Radio)
Jan 17: 5pm Rangers at Verizon Center
The Vancouver Canucks weapon in its last game against the Washington Capitals was goalie Ryan Miller. It took Alex Ovechkin four attempts before he finally got a puck past Ryan to take the lead in the third period. At the other end of the ice, Caps own secret weapon, Braden Holtby had 23 saves. It was the magic duo of Jason Chimera and Jay Beagle that caused the most problems for the Canucks. Unfortunately, half of that team will be missing Thursday night.
The Caps are on another winning streak (4) and coming off the high of celebrating Ovi’s 500th goal. IMPORTANT: Caps to honor Ovechkin during a pre-game ceremony tonight at 7:00pm. They have a lot to celebrate beyond their captain’s success. They are number one in the NHL, number one in the Metropolitan Division, number one in the Eastern Conference. Alex Ovechkin is the league leader in goals with 26 and Braden Holtby leads in number of wins (27). They have had a three-day game break with two days of hard core practice.
Marcus Johansson returns after his two-game suspension. We assume he is still in the center spot which has served the team well in Jay Beagle’s absence.
As of now Andre Burakovsky, Tom Wilson, and Michael Latta are expected to be in the lineup Thursday despite each of them have a few ‘tweeks’ over the past few days. That is unless Latts is a healthy scratch and Stan Galiev is in. Check with us as we get closer to puck drop.
Jay Beagle is recovering nicely from hand surgery. He remains on the injured reserve list and has another five weeks to go before he can skate with the team. He has missed six games.
John Carlson is still day-to-day but he has been skating in the morning before practice. Not sure when he will rejoin the team .
Brooks Orpik is on the Long-term Injured Reserve list for an undisclosed injury. He has missed 28 games and there is no timetable for his return to the game but he has begun to skate with Carlson before practice.
Mike Richards is skating with the team during practice and getting his legs and strength back. Caps announced that he will play a game before the All-Star break.
At the mid-season point the Canucks are fighting to win a few more games and get above the line for at least a wild card spot as we get closer to the playoffs. They come to Washington with a 17-16-10. As Coach Trotz has said, “They come hard. They’re a hard team, forecheck hard they’ve got a good power play.” As a team that is jockeying for a spot in the Pacific Division, the Caps can’t afford to underestimate the Nucks or to be complacent.
Ryan Miller is expected to return to the net after a groin injury that sidelined him on December 20.
Daniel Sedin (22) ranks 11th overall with 19 goals and 21 assists. His brother Henrik Sedin (33) is eighth in the league in terms of assists with 27. Daniel scored two goals in his last game and Henrik had two assists.