The Pregame: A Rematch in Hollywood

michael banner 2The Washington Capitals continue their season-long six-game road trip with the second half of the stretch Monday night at Staples Center where they’ll take on the Los Angles Kings. These teams actually met one week ago at Capital One Arena with the Caps coming on top 6-4. Since the win, which ironically capped off a season long homestand of six games, the Caps have gone 1-2-0 thus far on the trip.  Continue reading “The Pregame: A Rematch in Hollywood”

The Pregame: Jay Beagle Returns to the District

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 Pregame: Barry Trotz Returns to D.C.

The Washington Capitals are back home looking to snap a three-game slide when they host the New York Islanders for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop. This contest isn’t just your ordinary Metropolitan Division matchup, however, instead it marks the return of an important figure that led the Capitals to championship greatness. Barry Trotz coached the Caps for four seasons, ending his tenure with the first Stanley Cup in both the history of the franchise and the coach’s resume. When the season ended, the two sides between Trotz and General Manager Brian MacLellan didn’t reach an agreement on an extension which allowed Trotz to walk and take a coaching job at the island.  Continue reading “The Pregame: Barry Trotz Returns to D.C.”

The Pregame: Viva Las Vegas! The Caps are Back Where the Stanley Cup Magic Happened

michael banner 2When I think of Las Vegas, Nevada two things come to my mind: magic shows and the place where our hockey team, the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup. Tuesday night, the Caps and the Vegas Golden Knights will square off inside T-Mobile Arena for the first time since that June 7th night and there will be a whirlwind of emotions for the players, coaches and fans.  Continue reading “The Pregame: Viva Las Vegas! The Caps are Back Where the Stanley Cup Magic Happened”

The Pregame: Ovi and Sid Square Off on Wednesday Night Hockey

michael banner 2This was the game I circled on my calendar when the schedule came out. The Washington Capitals will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on my birthday and we all would like nothing more than a win! For the first time since we took over the steps on Cinco de Mayo, the Penguins are coming to town. It is sure to be an electric atmosphere tonight at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is at 7:30. Read on for everything you need to know about this game. Continue reading “The Pregame: Ovi and Sid Square Off on Wednesday Night Hockey”

The Pregame: Alex Chiasson Gets His Stanley Cup Ring, Preview of Tonight’s Tilt in Edmonton

After a big win on Monday night in Vancouver, the Caps continue their four-game road trip tonight in Edmonton against Connor McDavid and the Oilers. Puck drop is at 9:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. The Stanley Cup ring tour made another big stop! After Jay Beagle got his ring, it was Alex Chiasson’s turn. Making the Capitals last year on a PTO, Chiasson was instrumental in the bottom-six forward corps. Continue reading “The Pregame: Alex Chiasson Gets His Stanley Cup Ring, Preview of Tonight’s Tilt in Edmonton”

Preview: Capitals Host Rangers on Wednesday Night Hockey

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michael banner 2It seems like de ja vu. For the third Wednesday in a row we are back in Chinatown. This time it’ll be the New York Rangers taking on the Washington Capitals as two Metropolitan Division rivals meet for the first time in this young season. This game will be the first of four meetings between the defending champs and the Broadway Bluehsirts this season. The Caps look to end a two-game losing streak against a young and rebuilding Rangers hockey club. Puck drop from Chinatown is at 7 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network.  Continue reading “Preview: Capitals Host Rangers on Wednesday Night Hockey”

Capitals in Tampa Bay Monday at 7:30

The Capitals are in muggy Tampa today for their first away game since the stunner in Saturday at home. The Lightnings have lost 69 games to the Caps – the most to any team.

Coach Trotz indicated he would be sticking with the lines from Saturday with the exception of a goalie change. Philipp Grubauer will be in the net tonight.

In December 2015 Grubi stepped in against the Lightning after Braden Holtby let in three goals, helping bring a 5-3 win for the Caps. This will be his fourth game against them-he has won three so far. During the 2016-17 Season, Grubauer was the Caps goaltender in 24 games, winning 13 games, three of them shutouts.

The lines as we know them for the Capitals are:

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Much of the buzz coming from Tampa Bay has been about Alex Ovechkin and what might happen tonight. The Caps will likely put them on the defensive. The line to watch tonight is  Vlad Namestnikov, Steven Stamkos, and Nikita Kucherov. Peter Budaj should be in the net.

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Capitals and Flyers Lineup Projection: The Carlson Return?

The Caps will be aiming to wow fans again with its 13th consecutive win at home tonight. They have the longest home winning streak in the NHL and with 13 wins will tie the franchise record set during the 2009/10 season, according to Caps Today.

The first place Washington Capitals meet the struggling Flyers for the second time this season. Puck Drop is 8pm tonight at Verizon Center. Watch the match on NBCSN or listen on 106.7 or the Caps Radio.

Print this out and take it with you to the game for a quick reference!

Roads are still a bit iffy but Metro should be running.

Your Washington Capitals Projected Lineup for Tonight

Forward Lines
Ovechkin (8) Backstrom (19) Oshie (77)
Burakovsky (65) Kuznetsov (92) Williams (14)
Chimera (25) Johansson (90) Wilson (43)
Laich (21) Richards (10) Latta (46)
Defensemen Parings
Alzner (28) Niskanen (2)
Schmidt (88) CARLSON. (POSSIBLE) (74)
Orlov (9)  Chorney (4)
Goalies
Braden Holtby (70) Philipp Grubauer (31)

Healthy Scratch: Stan Galiev

Kuznetsov and Backstrom lead the team in overall points at 48 and 44 points, respectively.

    
  Ovechkin leads the team with 28 goals and sits behind Kuzy and Backy with 42 points. Williams follows with 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points. Williams had the game-winning goal in the last game against the Flyers.

Injury Report and Team Scratches

Everyone is holding their breath in anticipation that John Carlson could play tonight. He has missed 12 games with an upper-body injury and has skated with the team during practice for the past week.

 
Brooks Orpik continues to skate before the team practice and is working with trainers to prepare for his return. Coach Trotz had hoped Brooks would be back before the All Stars but it looks more likely that he will return after the break. He has missed 32 games.

Jay Beagle’s recovery is coming along. It could be another three weeks before he returns to the game following hand surgery. He too is skating with the trainers before team practice. He has missed 10 games.

The Flyers Projected Lineup

Forward Lines
Voracek (93) Giroux (28) Simmonds (17)
Raffi (12) Gagner (89) Schenn (10)
Read (24) Laughton (21) Weal (19)
VandeVelde (76) Bellemare (78) White (25)
Defensemen Pairings
Del Zotto (15) Gudas (3)
Schultz (55) Streit (32)
Gostisbehere (53) Manning (23)
Goalies
Neuvirth (30)
In the net
Jason Labarbera 

Sean Couturier is out and listed day-to-day.

Labarbera- called up from AHL Phantoms to back up Neuvy

Jordan Weal played his first Flyers game on Monday. He had one shot and two minutes in the penalty box.