Matt Niskanen Heads Back to Pennsylvania

Matt Niskanen has always been one of the more reserved Capitals’ players. We remember when he first came to Washington in 2014 after a successful career with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Capitals announced Friday that they traded the defenseman to the Flyers for Radko Gudas. Continue reading “Matt Niskanen Heads Back to Pennsylvania”

Michal Kempny Surgery: That Hurts

The Washington Capitals announced on Tuesday that defenseman Michal Kempny underwent surgery to repair his left hamstring. Kempny has been out of commission since he sustained an injury on March 20. He will now be out for up to six months- well into the next season. Not only is this a painful injury from which to recover; it is a painful blow for the Capitals right before the playoffs. Continue reading “Michal Kempny Surgery: That Hurts”

Djoos is loose with Jensen

Lineup confirmed this morning states Christian Djoos is expected to be back in the lineup in for Brooks Orpik. He will be in alongside trade deadline-acquired Nick Jensen, who was traded by the Detroit Red Wings for Madison Bowey.

Djoos has a good two-way game and can contribute offensively very well, as seen throughout both seasons he has played with the Capitals. Orpik is a fantastic leader on and off the ice. His defensive prowess has been such a presence for the Caps’ defense core and being the oldest player on the team surely has an impact for respect. His time in the NHL, however, is coming slowly but surely to a close day by day and could announce his retirement from the league if not after this season, but the next few. A smart decision to start giving Djoos and Jensen a look at a 3rd defensive pair going forward.

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Jensen has good speed and good puck mobility, which could compliment Djoos’ offensive blue line game. Looking onward, I see this pair together next season. I’m am personally very eager to see how the two work together.

Capitals 7th Defenseman, Who should It Be?

The Washington Capitals six active defensemen are probably already decided, but questions loom on whom head coach Todd Reirden should choose as a “depth guy” for the blue line. So far this preseason, a few have plead their case on why they should be the one if they don’t sign someone off the free agent market. Continue reading “Capitals 7th Defenseman, Who should It Be?”

Madison Bowey Ready For the Next Step?

Is Madison Bowey ready for a full-time job with the Washington Capitals? He is one of several young players from last season who the Caps are considering for a permanent roster spot in the 2018/19 season. At 23, the right-handed defenseman could bring the balance to the bottom defense pairs, depending on who Todd Reirden lines up as his partner. Continue reading “Madison Bowey Ready For the Next Step?”

Dmitry Orlov, Capitals Defense for the Future

Dmitry Orlov now has six seasons with the Washington Capitals. The last three have been his most solid seasons in the NHL, going with the Caps to the playoffs all three seasons. Orlov, who was drafted by the Capitals in 2009 played his first game in the NHL 21 November 2011 and scored his first NHL goal  January 15, 2012, wearing his original number 81 jersey.    Orlov changed to the number 9 prior to the 2014 season, the number he wore in Russia on the KHL’s  Metallurg Novokuznetsk team.

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Caps Polls: The Sixth Defenseman

This past week, I ran a fan poll on Twitter asking who you think General Manager Brian MacLellan and newly appointed Head Coach Todd Reirden will pair with Christian Djoos on the third defensive pair. Here are the results:

Majority of voters chose Madison Bowey. He made his initial NHL appearance last season in 51 games and tallied up 12 assists from the blue line. A young, two-way defenseman with a lot of potential to grow in the league. He is my personal favorite.

Ranked second on the voting poll was the Unrestricted Free Agent option, which a lot of fans are hopeful for the return of Brooks Orpik. His performance in the post-season was detrimental and a huge contribution to the Caps success. I personally wouldn’t be opposed to bringing back the veteran blue-liner, but I feel the best course of action would be to start integrating the youth in that area.

Not too many fans of Aaron Ness on the voting poll, but 12% voted other. Talking to some Caps fans, some believe we could see the appearance of Connor Hobbs. Hobbs rattled the Hershey Bears fan base in his debut game with a huge hit Jeff Taylor of the Wilkes-Barrie/Scranton Penguins last year. Some say it was questionable, but for most it was a statement on what kind of game he brings. In his first season, he played 44 games and accrued 16 points (3 goals and 13 assists) from the blue line. A young, good sized defenseman at 6’1″ who isn’t afraid to throw the body around or the hands.

Keep an eye out for the next Twitter poll! Go Caps!

Caps “Rock the Road” and are headed home with 2-0 lead in the series

After 20 years, the Washington Capitals are back to the Eastern Conference Finals in big style. The franchise, which has never beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in a playoff series, are now 2-0 after winning games one and two in Tampa. Now the Caps are two victories away from the Stanley Cup Final and they can hopefully achieve that before their fans at Capital One Arena. Continue reading “Caps “Rock the Road” and are headed home with 2-0 lead in the series”

Caps Tonight

It isn’t actuality do or die for the Capitals tonight, but it sure feels like it. It would be so much better for the team to return to DC with a 2-2 round tie.

The struggles for the team are real. It is highly likely that at least a couple of the top players are playing hurt. But what else is new??

What would we like to see tonight?

How about Ovi scoring? In 100 playoff games we have seen 48 Goals. He is a definite presence on the team with 94 points. He needs to energize and lead the team to the net.

Fewer penalties? Tom Wilson has the Playoff Target on his back again. Columbus knows they can pull him into the box since the refs obviously have their eyes on him.

Keep the lead. All season we have seen this team give up a nice lead. This has to stop and the defense, especially Orlov and Orpik, need to step it up.

Bottom line, we need disciplined play. They can’t keep repeating the mistakes of years past and unfortunately, they have been doing that. Coach Trotz needs to get in their heads and break the ties to the past images.

Play hard. Play smart. Play to win!

The lines for tonight should look like this- after all it wouldn’t be the Caps if the lines didn’t change every other night…

Forwards

Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Wilson

Stephenson-Backstrom-Oshie (unless it’s Boyd)

Connolly-Eller-DSP

Vrana-Beagle-Chiasson

Defensemen

Kempny-Carlson

Orlov-Niskanen

Orpik-Djoos

Holtby starts in the net, and hopefully finishes there too!

Trotz says not to worry about Vrana moving down to the fourth line. Riiight…

Rock the Road! Capitals Win All Three Games Away as Their Attack Gets More Deadly

Washington Capitals complete the road trip with three wins, a four-win streak, and ready to win at home! #caps

Playing away from home wasn’t a problem for the Caps, who faced three teams before meeting again with the fans in the hometown. Their attack has been more deadly and the defense looks more solid, though it does still need some additional caution. But anyhow, it’s a great improvement compared to the last few months. The team has been able to improve its season stats, with 240 goals. Combined with the 223 goals against, the Caps now hold a +17 goal differential. Continue reading “Rock the Road! Capitals Win All Three Games Away as Their Attack Gets More Deadly”