Washington Capitals Acquire Nick Jensen from Detroit Red Wings

Just moments ago, it was confirmed by Darren Dreger of TSN, and officially announced by the General Manager Brian MacLellan, that the Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Nick Jensen (and a fifth round 2019 draft pick) from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Madison Bowey and a future second round draft pick in the 2020 Draft.

Continuing on their path of improving the teams’ defense, the Caps have scratched Bowey in previous games, and while it did not seem to be a pressing issue per head coach Todd Reirden to acquire another defenseman, this could be perhaps a Michal Kempny 2.0 situation. Acquired prior to the trade deadline last season, Kempny proved to be a spectacular addition to the team, and won the 2018 Stanley Cup Final with the Caps just a few months later.

Nick Jensen, drafted by the Red Wings 149th overall in 2009 played three seasons with the team, averaging just 14 points per season (NHL). However, under 24 hours ago, Jensen, despite his name swirling around the league, had stated that he hoped he would remain with the team that drafted him, rather than be traded (Kulfan). Despite spending significant time in the minor league prior to making his NHL debut in 2016, Jensen averages around 17 minutes of ice time per night, and adds speed to the defense of whomever he plays for. At 28 years old and 190 career starts with Detroit, Jensen is a mature blue liner with enough speed and physicality to bolster the Caps defense. In 60 games this season, he has registered 79 blocked shots and 61 hits, similar to veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik and Dmitry Orlov.

(Pictured: Detroit Red Wings defensemen Nick Jensen, recently traded to the Washington Capitals)(NHL.com)

Madison Bowey, having played two seasons with the Capitals, recently found himself listed under the ‘healthy scratches’ more often than not. Despite a +3 rating, and scoring the first goal of his career, Bowey has struggled to mesh with the team, and has become the topic of criticism involving the Capitals defense (HockeyReference). At just 23 years of age, Bowey could certainly develop into a strong blue liner in Detroit, and become a household name for the organization, just as former Capital Mike Green has done. On the other hand, should he not find his ground in the Motor City, he could prove to be an NHL bust, and find himself back in the American Hockey League.

(Pictured: Capitals Defenseman Madison Bowey, recently traded to the Detroit Red Wings)

With a few days left until the trade deadline, there is the potential for more movement of players, but the Washington Capitals are on the hunt.

Official Caps Press Release:

“Nick is a reliable modern-day defenseman who we feel can defend well and log valuable minutes for our club,” said MacLellan. “At 28 years of age, we feel he is just entering his prime.”

Jensen, 28, a native of Rogers, Minn., recorded 15 points (2g, 13a) in 60 games with the Red Wings this season, which is tied for his highest point total of his career, set last season (15a). The 6’0”, 194-pound defenseman’s 50.43 shot attempt percentage (947 shot attempts for, 931 against) led Detroit defensemen at five-on-five among players with at least 40 games played. Additionally, Jensen’s 2:46minutes per game on the penalty kill are the most on the Red Wings and his 165:53 total penalty kill minutes rank 21st in the NHL. Additionally, Jensen was on the ice for 42 goals at five-on-five, the second most on the Red Wings this season.

In 190 career games with Detroit, Jensen has collected 43 points (6g, 37a). Jensen was selected with the Red Wings’ fifth round pick (149th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft.

Prior to the NHL, Jensen appeared in 222 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL), recording 61 points (10g, 51a). Additionally, Jensen was a three-year player at St. Cloud State University from 2010 to 2013. In his junior year at the university, Jensen was named to the NCAA (West) First All-American Team and was named the NCAA (WCHA) Defensive Player of the Year.

HockeyReference. (2019). Madison Bowey. Retrieved from https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/b/boweyma01.html.

Kulfan, T. (2019). Potential trade target Nick Jensen hopes to remain with Red Wings. Retrieved from https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nhl/red-wings/2019/02/21/nhl-trade-target-nick-jensen-hopes-remain-detroit-red-wings/2938895002/

NHL.com. (2019). Nick Jensen. Retrieved from https://www.nhl.com/player/nick-jensen-8475324

Alex Ovechkin’s Hat Trick and T.J. Oshie’s Return Power Caps to 6-2 Win Over Red Wings

For the second time in 18 days, the Washington Capitals hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena. Once again, the Caps protected home ice with a 6-2 win, their third in a row, to keep ahead for first place in the Metropolitan Division now up by five points on the Blue Jackets with a 18-9-3 record (39 points). The offense got a boost with T.J. Oshie‘s return after being out for over three weeks with a concussion. Oshie scored in this contest that also saw tallies from Brett Connolly, Travis Boyd, and Alex Ovechkin times three.  Continue reading “Alex Ovechkin’s Hat Trick and T.J. Oshie’s Return Power Caps to 6-2 Win Over Red Wings”

Caps Defeat Red Wings 3-1 on Black Friday

michael banner 2Don’t look now. Right when you thought Washington Capitals were going through a Stanley Cup hangover, the team has ripped off four wins in a row. On Black Friday, they protected home ice to deliver a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.  Continue reading “Caps Defeat Red Wings 3-1 on Black Friday”

Caps in Detroit – Who We Are Watching

Game time 7:30 pm EST on NBCSN

The Caps are on the road again with three games out of town, playing three original teams: Red Wings, Canadiens, and Rangers. A Caps win will mean an end for Detroit making it to the playoffs for a second season. Continue reading “Caps in Detroit – Who We Are Watching”

Here we Come Detroit 

The Capitals are in Detroit’s new stadium tonight, playing the Red Wings. We have the projected lines and a few pregame tidbits. We’ll be tweeting and you can also follow Isabelle for game time updates on twitter. She is our go to when we miss anything. 


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Hello Caps; 1st Practice Photos After Bye Week

Man has this been a lonnnnggggg week with no Washington Capitals Hockey. Most of the players enjoyed their week off catching some rays. Two separate  groups of players and their families traveled together, as we saw from Lauren Oshie and Tom Wilson’s Instagram posts:

Friday they were back at Caps Kettler Iceplex for a hard practice before hopping on the plane to play the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. They were a happy, tanned bunch.

Zach Sanford and Jakub Vrana have joined the team from Hershey to fill in for Andre Burkovsky. Andre skated this morning by himself…we just missed getting you the photo! You remember Zach, he recorded his first NHL goal in the last game?? Coach indicated today that he will be back in the lineup on Saturday. Vrana’s status is a bit up in the air, but we are glad he is here.

 There were skills exercises and passing and speed drills. And of course there were lots of laughs and smiles.For us, it was watching a team that has learned how to read each other and that are closer than any Capitals team we have ever seen.

 

As our friend @capsyapp said in response to our video of the players taking shots at the net…and making them:

Saturday will show if the vacations together and the workout today will produce another victory against Detroit. For now, we are staying positive and have every expectation that this team is different and that they won’t miss a beat–or the net!!

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watermarked362017-02-17-1120We’ll be watching Saturday at 2pm on CSN when the Caps and Red Wings meet again to see if today’s practice and tomorrow’s morning skate gave them enough time to shake off the rust.

Photos by Brittney Marcum

Caps Wins Keep Coming; Red Wings & Caps in Photos

Photos by Mel Abernethy

Once again the Washington Capitals skated off the home ice winners with a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. This time 11 players recorded points. Brett Connolly continues his trend, with a third night of finding the back of the net and it the fifth game with a point.

Before the start of the game, fans were happy to welcome Fatima Al Ali from the UAE, who dropped the ceremonial puck. She was warmly welcomed and she seemed to inspire the team!

A great game starts with a great warm-up:

img_7646  The Red Wings gave the Caps a run for their money with Andreas Athanasiou (72) scoring twice on the Caps — he seems to like scoring when playing the Caps! Henrik Zetterberg (40) would score the third and final goal for the Wings. Oh yeah, and the crowds enjoyed whooping old friend Mike Green (25).

The Caps outshot the Wings 31 to 17.  Marcus Johansson, Brett Connolly, TJ Oshie (2), John Carlson, and finally Nick Backstrom all added to their scoring records.

The game ended with a win for the Caps but not without some players getting banged up. Connolly was tossed around but looks to be ok. Andre Burakovsky not so much. He will be out until mid-March with a hand injury. (Read more here)

Caps and Red Wings Photo Gallery

It only took 54 minutes before the Washington Capitals would get on the board during the Cap-Wings game on Friday night. Neither team had a great night. It would end with Braden Holtby, a shutout, and three players sitting in the locker room nursing injuries.

We start with old friend Mike Green (25) who had a few moments with Alex Ovechkin. After the game Mike even met with some friends from his days as a Cap’s player.

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Tom Wilson, TJ Oshie, Lars Eller, and Andre Burakovsky all went down the tunnel before the end of the second period. Wilson returned. Oshie and Eller are out for a bit. Burakovsky skated at practice on Saturday and looked to be ok.

img_6178There was only one goal and that’s all that we really needed. Jay Beagle saved the day!!

Here are the rest of our shots from the game.

First the Caps:

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And a little gallery for Red Wings fans…

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All Hail the HOLTBEAST and his first shutout this year!

Photos by Mel Abernethy

Caps Lose Three Players and Still Win in Shutout

What a crazy night!!!  The Washington Capitals stepped it up tonight, pushing through the loss of three players to injury and take the win.

The injury parade began in the first period. Tom Wilson took a massive hit into the boards. He left the ice for evaluation and thankfully returned to play. T.J. Oshie collided with Riley Sheahan and went down the tunnel. Before long Lars Eller would follow him and right behind him was Andre Burakovsky. None of them would return to the game. Word is that Oshie and Eller will be evaluated Saturday.

Other than the injuries the only other real action on the Caps side were the two penalties by Justin Williams. The period would end with JWill taking a two minute for roughing that would fold over into the second period.

Second period starts with the Caps on the PK, compliments of Williams. With three players out there was quite a bit of line shifting. For the most part Coach ran 8-92-10  90-19-17  82-92-43. The Caps would take two more penalties this period., which is not a great thing when they are already dog tired from the missing three forwards. Nicky was pretty amazing, playing defense without his stick! Nicky had the most ice time for the forwards as well as shooting opportunities.  The period ended scoreless as the boyz in red closed down a Red Wings power play.

Going into the third period the players seemed to have a renewed determination to score. Shots were still not all they could be but they were controlling the ice.

img_6178 Finally 54 minutes into the game Jay Beagle scored his fourth goal of the season assisted by Dmitry Orlov who picked up his fifth assist. The Red Wings pulled their netminder and just as they go up a man they go a man short on a tripping call. Holtby fills the net and ends the game with a shut out!

Here’s hoping the injuries are minor. Coach says they are all upper-body injuries and will be evaluated. We should hear more on Saturday.