Hurricanes and Islanders First Night Battle

The NY Islanders did that great thing and swept the Pittsburgh Penguins in round one. The Carolina Hurricanes took seven games to defeat the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals. The two meet in New York Friday night for the first game of round two. The puck drops at 7 pm on NBCSN. Continue reading “Hurricanes and Islanders First Night Battle”

Capitals, Hurricanes, and Islanders: Linked in Playoffs

It is always hard when your team exits the Playoffs before you are ready. This year it is a strange sensation to have the Caps out in the first round. Gone are the cries of: “It always happens.” No more can we blame the “DC Sports Curse.” We have tasted what championship winning feels like. We wanted to go back-to-back, partly because it sounded cool to do and partly because we wanted to shake up the NHL and their constant bragging about the Pittsburgh Penguins. Continue reading “Capitals, Hurricanes, and Islanders: Linked in Playoffs”

Braden Holtby and John Carlson Lead Metropolitan Division to All-Star Game Win

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and defenseman John Carlson were well represented at the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose last week. With coach Todd Reirden at the helm of the Metropolitan Division, the trio contributed to wins over the Atlantic and Central Divisions to win the All-Star Game and split the grand prize of one million dollars. Continue reading “Braden Holtby and John Carlson Lead Metropolitan Division to All-Star Game Win”

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.”

Nicklas Backstrom Passes Peter Bondra for Franchise Points Mark in Capitals 4-1 Win Over Trotz’s Islanders

michael banner 2The Washington Capitals are on fire and teams are having trouble extinguishing them. Their latest victim was the New York Islanders, whom the Capitals dominated in a 4-1 win several hours after players reunited with their former coach Barry Trotz and presented him with his well-earned, well-deserved Stanley Cup ring.
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Evgeny Kuznetsov Chills with Pheonix Copley Throughout Caps vs. Islanders Game

michael banner 2Evgeny Kuznetsov is the gift that keeps on giving and with Christmas coming up he’s not stopping anytime soon. This dude dressed up as a goaltender at a practice I attended in January. He’s also made me laugh and cry during 90% of his interviews. Sometimes he says things as an intention to be funny but other times he might actually be serious. Either way, aside from the ridiculous skills he flashes on the ice, he’s practically a cartoon character off the ice.  Continue reading “Evgeny Kuznetsov Chills with Pheonix Copley Throughout Caps vs. Islanders Game”

Barry Trotz, Lane Lambert, and Mitch Korn Reunite with Old Friends and Get Their Stanley Cup Rings

michael banner 2What would the site Friends in Cold Places be without the word friends? No, not just “in cold places”, that doesn’t make sense. What we love about this site is that we’re all friends. Our hockey team is our friends, other fans of the Washington Capitals are our friends and when players and coaches leave the Caps and face them on the opposition, there’s always special moment where they see their old friends again and there’s no love lost whatsoever. That’s what transpired hours before the Capitals concluded their New York tour in Brooklyn going up against the Islanders and the coach who led them to greatness less than six months ago. While we would’ve loved to see Barry Trotz behind the bench, looking to steer the Capitals ship towards more glory, he ultimately had to do what’s best for himself and his family. We missed him on banner night. We missed him during the highs and lows of this young season but on Monday night, the players got to reunite with him. Continue reading “Barry Trotz, Lane Lambert, and Mitch Korn Reunite with Old Friends and Get Their Stanley Cup Rings”

Mitch Korn Becomes Newest Member of Islanders Coaching Team

The New York Islanders announced on Thursday that Caps goalie whisperer Mitch Korn will serve as their new Director of Goaltending. He reunited with old friend Barry Trotz, with whom he has worked with since 1998. His position there will likely be similar to that he has performed with the Capitals this past season, overseeing Islanders goaltender operations, training, and performance.

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More Coach Changes for the Capitals

As expected, the Capitals assistant coach, Lane Lambert, has followed old friend Barry Trotz to the New York Islanders. The Isles announced Thursday that they have named Lambert their next associate coach. When hired by the Capitals in 2014, he spoke about the advantages of familiarity and consistency on the coaching staff. No doubt that Barry is looking for a guy he can trust to implement his style of play. Continue reading “More Coach Changes for the Capitals”

Inside The Caps Opponent : Matthew Barzal

When the Capitals face a very familiar foe tonight in Brooklyn they will obviously see a not so familiar young super rookie in Matthew Barzal.

If you have not see any of his goals before then you just haven’t watched the highlights from Islander games. This kid is the real deal and is going to be a pain in the Caps side for many a divisional game moving forward. While I certainly hope he doesn’t make any highlights vs the Caps I suspect a play or two tonight will leave us a puzzled as a Caps defender.

Armed with a wicked wrist shot, he shows Backstrom like poise while looking to set-up teammates and at times has be the driving force for his team( he averaged more than an assist a game during his Junior career in the WHL… Seriously) which includes all-World John Tavares as we painfully are aware. The #16 pick in 2015 has already gained confidence from his coach as he plays a strong two way game when he’s not buzz-sawing around the ice.

The Caps will have their hands full, but as they have in the past with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, the Caps can should try and contain his speed and force him outside off the rush. He wants you to attack him so he can set up teammates. Can’t force him. He’s that good.

Go Caps Go

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