The Washington Capitals were expected by many experts to have a Stanley Cup hangover of some sorts after winning the Cup and enduring the shortest, quickest offseason for the entire roster. Things were kind of 50/50 at the start of the season, then the team got hot to close out the 2018 calendar year. When that calendar flipped to 2019, that hangover talk resurfaced. The team is having a hard time moving on from the past. Continue reading “Caps Winless Drought Extends to Seven Games Entering Break”
Martin Fehervary, drafted as the 46th overall pick in the second round during the 2018 NHL Draft, has been signed by the Capitals to a three-year entry-level contract. The 18-year old defenseman from Bratislava, Slovakia seems to be a good addition to the offensive zone. Continue reading “Martin Fehervary, a Defenseman with Offensive Presence”
With Tj Oshie and Lars Eller listed as day-to-day the Caps lines took another adjustment:
90-19-14, 8-92-65, 28-83-43, 26-82-10. Defense: 9-74, 27-2, 44-88. Chorney was scratched again.Holtby vs. Bobrovsky in the opposing nets.
Nicky Backstrom got things going with a wrist shot through Bobrovsky to score first for the Caps. Caps PR tweeted out that the Caps “have scored first in 15 of their 18 games this season.” The Caps were success most of the period putting pressure on the Jackets. They would loose a bit of there steam as the period ended with the Jackets outshooting, out hitting, and out blocking. Period ends 1-0 Caps.
Sure Alex Ovechkin scored, as did Nick Foligno of the Jackets. The Caps still seemed to be struggling with only four shots on goal. Burakovsky isn’t looking fully himself which leaves us wondering if he is really ok? At the end of the second Caps still lead 2-1.
Coming into the third period it seemed as if the Caps were still looking for their offensive game. Right off the bat Jacket’s Brandon Dubinsky tapped one in around Holtby, tying the game 2-2. With 1:43 left in the period Backy’a stick gets a little too high putting the Jackets on the PP. And they make it 3-2 with a bounce over Holtby. Backstrom was pretty upset with the call against him. Toronto asks another look to see if it was offside. No such luck, a disappointed Verizon crowd here’s the bad news that it is a good goal. Bobs continues to thwart the Caps and the game ends 3-2 Columbus.
Caps hold practice at Kettler on Monday with a Wednesday night game against St. Louis.
Seventy-eight games down, four to go. The Caps have four games left before people judge this season. In their final four games, the Caps won`t have any easy ones as all four teams are battling for playoff position.
First, the New York Islanders Tuesday, April 5 7 p.m. EST
In what may be a potential first round playoff series, the Islanders sit two points out of third in the metro with one game in hand on the Penguins, but only two ahead of the Flyers for the second wild card spot. They also only sit three points ahead of Boston but have two games in hand on them. The Caps will need to come out strong at home against a fighting Islander team.
Second, Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday, April 7 7 p.m. EST
The Caps will face the Penguins in what will be a hard fought game. The Penguins will look to lock up second place in the metropolitan division. The Caps will look to show that the 6-2 defeat in Pittsburgh last month is nothing more than a bad night. This will be a fun game to watch as both sides will have something to show.
Third, at St. Louis Blues, Saturday, April 9 8 p.m. EST
The Blues will look to solidify second in the Central, if they haven’t already by this point. In the final regular season road game, the Caps will look to play a hard and tough game like they will need to in the playoffs. By this point, the Caps may know who they will play in round 1 and if that is the case, look for them to finalize their round 1 line up.
Last up, Anaheim Ducks, Sunday April 10, 7:30 p.m. EST
In what is the make up game from the snow storm back in January, the Caps will close out the regular season at home. The Ducks currently sit 1 point out of first in the pacific and will know their fate by this game. The Caps on the other hand, may not. The Flyers and Islanders also play on this day. In that game, the loser may be coming to D.C. If Justin Williams plays in the three games leading up to this game, this will be his 1,000 career game.
In these final four games, look for the Caps to finalize their line up for round 1 and for them to try and help Holtby break the single season wins record while trying to prevent injuries. Enjoy these final four games of a historic season.
By now you all know how much we love our photos here at FiCP, but sometimes we have a few too many photos to put into a gallery on the site. That being said we have decided to share our galleries via Flickr! We are so excited to share all our wonderful photos with you in a simpler format that everyone can view, even from their phones.
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Please leave us feedback, we would love to know what you think we can do to improve or any other photos you might like to see. We will be moving all our previous galleries to the Flickr page this coming week and we hope you will enjoy taking a look back at this season’s best photos as much as we do.
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This gallery took FAR too long to post and I apologize for that, there were just too may awesome photos between Mel and myself. But let’s just get down to it:
Hope you enjoy our game gallery!
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Photos by : Brittney Marcum and Mel Abernethy
In case you missed it, the Washington Capitals have agreed to terms with Center Mike Richards. The deal amounts to 1 year, 1 million dollars. Mike Richards is 30 years old with 10 years of NHL experience. Richards was drafted by The Philadelphia Flyers in 2003. Most recently he played with the Los Angeles Kings from 2011-2015. He averaged 16:40 TOI with the Kings, racking up 133 points in his 257 games. Perhaps most notably Richards has multiple Stanley Cup Championships under his belt and could bring a new view to the Caps in that aspect. Caps GM Brian Macclellan said in his interview with Mike Vogel that they will have to see just where Richards fits in their lineup whether it be third or fourth line center or elsewhere. We will keep you updated as more information comes in regarding where/ when Richards will play. Welcome to Washington Mike!
Written By Brittney Marcum
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