Thursday night the Washington Capitals clinched a spot in the playoffs. Unlike previous seasons, there was no doubt it would happen and fans were less nervous. For now, the focus is on that first place spot in the Metropolitan Division and who the Caps will play in the first round. The Caps are hoping for that home ice advantage. The NHL playoffs are based on a complex bracket system and each night in April brings teams a little closer to discovering who they will play. Continue reading “Capitals and NHL Standings Watch”
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 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 dog days of summer are almost over and soon enough Capitals players will return to the ice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex to begin training camp. Players have already stopped partying and started training as they gear up for a chance to defend the Stanley Cup. Here are the top 10 games to look forward to this upcoming season. Continue reading “Top 10 Capitals Games to Look Forward to This Season”
Friday, Barry and Kim Trotz celebrated their daughter Shalan’s marriage to LeBraun “Lebo” Premo, a senior developer for Venture 360. #Shabraun, as the happy couple are lovingly called by friends shared their vows in a simple private ceremony in Maui.
Dad, Barry was seen earlier in the week arriving at the airport, presumably for vacation. The families did have time to relax and unwind from a hectic Capitals season and move to New York before the festivities began.
Sister Tiana was Shalan’s maid of honor, brother Tyson a groomsman, and Nolan carried the rings for the couple. LeBraun’s brothers were his best men.
The newlyweds will host a wedding reception back in Nashville on 25 August L.A. Jackson’s, a restaurant/bar known for great burgers and cocktails.
Congratulations to the Trotz and Premo families!
Matt Niskanen was looking pretty happy to be skating with his teammates on Wednesday. He seemed none the worse for wear and coach indicated in the post-practice presser that if everything checks out, Nisky will be skating on Thursday.
Niskanen is certainly one of Coach Trotz’ favorite players He has repeatedly spoken about his consistency on the ice. Niskanen leaves quite the void when he isn’t playing and the Caps need his kind of workmanship back. Matt has nine assists this season, second only to Nick Backstrom with 14.
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The Capitals played the Islanders twice during the preseason, defeating them both times. On October 9, the Caps shutout World Cup of Hockey stellar goalie Jaroslav Halak.
Clearly the Isles were shaking the rust off earlier this month. Cal Clutterbuck caused the normal stir for the Caps with his hard-hitting abrasive style of play. Expect more of that.
It was a bit of fun as former beloved player Jason Chimera and the boys squared off a few times. Don’t expect it to go that way on Saturday. However, the Caps will likely honor his last seven years with the team. Even though he isn’t walking the red carpet this year, fans are sure to cheer loudly for his return.
Last game Andre Burakovsky, Lars Eller, Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie notched goals. In the opening game in Pittsburgh Andre was the big star. Expect more of the same Saturday.
And yes, we are sure there will be fighting. The question is whom has more penalty minutes by the end of the night: Justin Williams or Tom Wilson?
Enjoy the night. It’s time to celebrate the return of hockey to DC!!
Finally, we are turning the DMV R E D!!
The Caps home opener against the Islanders starts at 7 pm but there is plenty to do before then.
Sign up, if you haven’t already for the 8 am Best Buddies – Strolling with Nolan Caps Team – walk. Details are here.
Check out morning skate at Kettler Iceplex at 10:15 am. Click here for info on getting photos and autographs with players. Given their tight schedule, they may not have time to stop so don’t be too disappointed.
Stop by team store at Kettler Iceplex if you need to pick up a new jersey for the game-or even a cowbell!!
Head downtown early for the Caps Red Carpet Walk at 3:30pm. There will be plenty of stuff to do on F Street until…
Doors open at 6 pm. Head down to the glass for warmups by 6:30.
And then UNLEASH the FURY and prepare for a great night of hockey!!
The Washington Capitals shutout the NY Islanders with Braden Holtby dazzling the crowd at Verizon Center with 24 saves. It was the last chance for the Caps management to view the team play before making the final cuts.
Monday morning the Caps announced that Zach Sill and Aaron Ness had been placed on waivers and that Zach Sanford would grab the golden ring for the last spot.
During the game, Andre Burakovsky, Lars Eller, Alex Ovechkin, and T.J. Oshie would all get the puck past Jaroslav Halak.
And there was a little matter of Tom Wilson and Cal Cutterback. Cutterback took a shot at Brooks Orpik and Wilson thought it was a bright idea to retaliate. He and Cutterback got tossed as a result.
And then there was Jason Chimera who found himself playing for the Islanders after the Caps failed to offer him a contract. There it was a bit emotional and during the game there was some mostly good-natured jostling with old teammates and Chimmer even tossing pucks over the glass to make the youngest of his fans happy.
All-in-all, the preseason was a mixed bag with players off in Canada for the World Cup of Hockey and the evaluation of potential new players. The roster is set and all that is left is a trip to Pittsburgh to see the Pens raise the banner and then…
WE WILL ROCK THE RED on October 15 in Washington. More to come!