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: Caps Gear Up for Saturday Night Metro Clash vs. Blue Jackets

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MEDSTAR CAPITALS ICEPLEX – The Washington Capitals are back home after a brief stop in Boston where they took care of business. Now their focus turns towards tonight’s game. A rematch from last year’s first round of the playoffs that the Caps rallied from 2-0 down, the first step on their road to championship glory. It is also a key game in the Metropolitan Division. The Caps are vying for their fourth win in a row.  Continue reading “The Pregame: Caps Gear Up for Saturday Night Metro Clash vs. Blue Jackets”

Caps Fan to Get Tattoo of Brett Connolly Getting a Tattoo for Retweets

Washington Capitals fan Tyler Duchaine wants to take his fandom to a whole new level and will do so if he reaches his goal on Twitter. Many Capitals fans have Caps-inspired tattoos and with the team winning the Stanley Cup last season, some fanatics have the Cup or “Stanley Cup champions” tattooed. Duchaine wants his next ink art to be more unique though. In addition to fans, Capitals players got tattoos two nights after winning the Cup during their party around D.C. that weekend. Duchaine wants not just a tattoo of Brett Connolly but a tattoo of Brett Connolly getting a tattoo.

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Nicklas Backstrom Misses Caps Morning Skate Due to Illness, Will Be Game-Time Decision vs. Flyers

MEDSTAR CAPITALS ICEPLEX – The Washington Capitals took took the ice on Tuesday morning to prepare for their contest that night against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Caps are coming off an impressive 3-2 comeback win over the Detroit Red Wings thanks to Michal Kempny‘s late third period goal that ended their brief three-game western road trip. The Flyers meanwhile were shutout at home by the St. Louis Blues 3-0 last night. When the Caps took the ice in Arlington this morning, everyone was marked present except for one. Nicklas Backstrom is sick and the team said he’ll be a game-time decision for tonight.  Continue reading “Nicklas Backstrom Misses Caps Morning Skate Due to Illness, Will Be Game-Time Decision vs. Flyers”

News from Morning Skate: Brooks Orpik is Close to Returning

MEDSTAR CAPITALS ICEPLEX – The Washington Capitals went back to work on Thursday morning gearing up for a Metropolitan Division clash with the Carolina Hurricanes. We sent our team to a packed morning skate to see how the Caps will line up for this game and see how close Brooks Orpik is to returning.  Continue reading “News from Morning Skate: Brooks Orpik is Close to Returning”

The Pregame: Tom Wilson is Back!

michael banner 2After some big news hit this morning all eyes were on today’s morning skate in Minnesota to see whether Tom Wilson was a part of the line rushes and if so, which line he’ll be on. We got your answer and a whole lot more to get you ready for tonight’s tilt against the Minnesota Wild which kicks off a four-game road trip.  Continue reading “The Pregame: Tom Wilson is Back!”

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: You Will See a Different Top Line Tonight vs. Edmonton

michael banner 2We are under an hour away until puck drop. The Washington Capitals will host Connor McDavid and the Oilers on Monday night and our Twitter King will be in attendance. Washington will look to bounce back from a two-game winless slide and stopping McDavid and former Cap Alex Chiasson will be key to victory. Here’s how the team will line up based on the rushes from morning skate. A quick guide before we watch the game.  Continue reading “The Pregame: You Will See a Different Top Line Tonight vs. Edmonton”

CapsNucks: Update from Morning Skate (with photos)

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Canucks forward Emerson Etem said after skating this morning: “Tonight we have to make sure we don’t just focus on one key guy. The Caps have so many weapons.” That pretty much sums it up Caps friends—no one really knows what to do with the Washington Capitals. They have become the team that adjust to any given situation. That makes it hard for other teams to plan ahead. Enjoy the game tonight and don’t forget:

IT’S AN ALEX OVECHKIN CELEBRATION NIGHT!!

Bring your signs and light up the place for him.

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Ovi will be looking for you tonight….

 

Your Projected Lineup for Tonight

Ovechkin         Backstrom       Oshie

Burakovsky     Kuznetsov       Williams

Chimera           Johansson        Wilson

Laich               Sill                   Galiev

Defenseman Parings

Alzner             Niskanen

Schmidt           Orlov

Ness                Chorney

Braden Holtby in the net

Injury Report and Team Scratches

Jay Beagle is recovering nicely from hand surgery. We don’t expect him for another four or five weeks. Even Beags is skating now and working with the trainers before practice starts.

John Carlson is still day-to-day. He is skating before team practice. Should be back before the All Stars.

Brooks Orpik is on the Long-term Injured Reserve list for an undisclosed injury. Like John, should be back before the All Stars.

Mike Richards continues to skate with the team during practice. He is a healthy scratch.

Michael Latta is a healthy and an injury scratch—maybe more precautionary than anything. This is his second in a row.

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We know he’s not playing tonight…but we know how much you love him!!

 

Canucks Update and Line up

Vancouver held an optional morning skate at Verizon this morning with both goalies and nine or 10 players. the projected lineup is:

D Sedin           H. Sedin          Dorsett

Baetschi          Hovat              Vrbata

Burrows          Vey                 Etem

Prust                Crackall           Virtanen

Defensemen Parings:

Edler               Tanev

Hutton             Weber

Bartkowski      Biega

Goalie: Believed to by Ryan Miller, back from injury.

More Milestones Coming:

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Chimera keeping everything in perspective…

 

Jason Chimera is ONE assist away from an NHL career 200 assists.

Braden Holtby, with 128 career games won is ONE win away from passing Don Beaupre (128) for second place on the Caps franchise list.

Michael Latta is two games away from a career 100 NHL/Capitals games played.

Brooks Laich is three games away from passing beloved Rod Langway’s 726th games played for eight place in the Caps franchise.

Karl Alzner, the Iron Man, is four points away from 100 NHL points and five games short of passing Bob Carpenter (422) for the longest consecutive games played in franchise history.

Next Games and Practices

Jan 15: 1130 Practice at Kettler Capitals Ice Plex

Jan 16: Morning Skate at First Niagra Center

Jan 16: 7pm Buffalo Sabres (CSN+, 106.7, and Caps Radio)

Jan 17: 5pm Rangers at Verizon Center