Joel Ward off to Vegas??

Former Capitals player Joel Ward has been pretty popular on fantasy draft lists of late.

Joel played a pivotal role for the Caps during the regular and playoff season. He has been playing right wing with the San Jose Sharks since the Caps traded him in 2015. 

Could he find a new home with his former manager? We’ll find out tonight!

Sharks Devour Caps’ Win Streak

Today’s 3-0 loss against the San Jose Sharks was all too painful, as the Capitals’ five-game winning streak comes to an end. What hurts the most, though, is that the Caps really tried. While they didn’t start out with much energy, the boys in red were seriously pushing themselves towards the end, but Jones and friends came out of the game victorious.

The first period was practically dead. Perhaps if the Caps had come out of the gate with more energy, the scoreboard would’ve read differently, but the first twenty minutes were nothing more than dull. It wasn’t until after a few nearly successful scoring attempts that the Capitals really started to wake up, and even then, it was sloppy. Passing was weak and no one was paying attention, and we were lazy overall. The penalty kill was fairly good, however, and Braden Holtby was a star player, as usual.

It was evident in the second period that Barry Trotz gave his team a good talking to during intermission, as they actually came out with a lot of improvements. The hits were strong, the energy was high, the power was there, and the Caps were taking their scoring opportunities. It just wasn’t enough, though. Soon enough, Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored for the Sharks and Brent Burns added onto it shortly after.

The third period was the most frustrating of all. The Capitals pushed and pushed, took every shot they could, and skated as fast as possible, but nothing was getting past Martin Jones. They never gave up and neither did the fans, chanting and screaming to motivate the Caps. The 3-0 loss was solidified, however, when Joe Thornton scored an empty-netter in the last few minutes.

There was one highlight of the night, though – the Capitals Bobblehead Election. All day today, Caps fans voted for the next bobble head giveaway, with the choices of Braden Holtby, Tom Wilson, or Justin Williams. The winner? Holtby, by a long shot. His bobblehead will be handed out on March 21 at the Caps vs Flames game to all in attendance. At least we have that to celebrate on this frustrating night. 

Caps Know the Way to San Jose

The Washington Capitals are looking to end their Pacific Division road trip on a high note on Saturday as they meet the San Jose Sharks. After starting off sluggish last game, the Caps roared back in the third with three unanswered goals and got a point in their 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

The Sharks have been hanging in there to keep their heads above water and in the playoff hunt. Currently, they sit as the seventh seed in the conference, third in the crowded Pacific behind the Kings (84 points) and Ducks (83 points). With 15 games remaining and a possible 30 points on the table, the Sharks are capable of rising up with some help from the other teams in the west.

The Caps have won two of three on the road trip, only dropping their last game to the Kings 4-3 in overtime. Holtby struggled early but steadied the ship against the Kings and looks to be the starter on Saturday night. The Caps definitely need to start off games better than they have lately. In the last 4 games, the Caps have been outscored 7-0 in the first period.

Caps Pregame

The Caps roll into San Jose looking for win number 50. The last time the Caps played the Sharks, Alex Ovechkin was benched for one game due to waking up late and arriving late to  practice. The Caps proceeded to play their worst game of the season and lost 5-0 on home ice and gave newbie goaltender Martin Jones a shutout.

Fortunately for Washington, the Sharks are struggling at home this season with a 12-15-3 record for a league-low 27 points. The Caps need to take advantage of this and continue a winning trend in San Jose after snapping their 20 year losing streak in San Jose in 2014.

The Caps have the trio of Kuznetsov, Backstrom and Ovechkin with 68 points, 62 points and 61 points respectively. Braden Holtby has 15 games to win seven more and tie Martin Brodeur’s single-season win record. His current season record is 41-8-4 with a 2.25 GAA and .922 save percentage.

  • Alex Ovechkin has not scored in four straight games for the third time in his career.

San Jose Sharks Pregame

Joel Ward is probably not thrilled to see the Caps. He is in the midst of a season-high eight game scoreless drought and probably wants nothing more than to snap out of it against his former team. This game will feature some great players on both sides. The San Jose duo of Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton have 64 points apiece while defenseman Brent Burns has matched a career high with 60 points this season.

Martin Jones looks to be the net minder starter with a 33-18-4 record, 2.29 GAA and a .918 save percentage this season. The third year goaltender has cemented his status as San Jose’s starting goalie.

  • Brent Burns had nine points the last five games before it was snapped the other night.