After John Carlson, Braden Holtby and Todd Reirden took part in the NHL All-Star weekend festivities in San Jose and the rest of the team enjoying extra time off with both the All-Star break and the NHL mandatory bye week, the Caps are back in action. The team practiced on Thursday afternoon at MedStar Capitals Iceplex and will hold a morning skate tomorrow morning (or today if you’re reading this now) to gear up for a Friday night tilt. The second half push begins tonight with the Calgary Flames coming to Capital One Arena. The Caps hope a break can help them snap their seven game winless streak, something we hadn’t seen in quite some time. Continue reading “The Pregame: Caps Are Back in Town”
The Washington Capitals were expected by many experts to have a Stanley Cup hangover of some sorts after winning the Cup and enduring the shortest, quickest offseason for the entire roster. Things were kind of 50/50 at the start of the season, then the team got hot to close out the 2018 calendar year. When that calendar flipped to 2019, that hangover talk resurfaced. The team is having a hard time moving on from the past. Continue reading “Caps Winless Drought Extends to Seven Games Entering Break”
John Carlson has been the defenseman stars of the playoffs since the first game. Carly is back to his old self after missing a total of 26 games during the regular season for lower-body injury. He is often called “the most under-rated” defensemen in the NHL; that is until the playoffs. He has averaged 25 minutes on the ice and racked up three goals. He is a key component to the Caps power play—scoring all three goals on the PP. Carly blocks an average of two shots a game and at 6’3”, 210 pounds, he is a brick wall opponents don’t want to run into.
In seven postseason games he has already surpassed his 204/15 record of five points in 14 games. Every time he steps on the ice, we are pretty sure something is going to happen. He already has 30 shots on goal, just three shy of Alex Ovechkin. He also has a 10 percent save average–the highest of any of the team defensemen. He is a solid special teams player who grits it out on the powerplay or blocking shots to kill off the opponent’s powerplay. Averaging about 25 minutes on the ice every game, you get the feeling that he is always there.
As the Caps keep pushing forward to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins, look for Carly to play a key role in the team’s success.
The Caps took an optional skate this morning at Air Canada Centre in Toronto in prep for a 7 pm game against the Leafs. They are there and we are here…so we give you some shots from previous practices to tide you over.
Tidbit for Tonight
The Leafs have a pretty incredible PK streak going. They haven’t let the opponent score on the PP in five games. They currently rank fifth in home powerplay percentages and have successfully held back the Caps in the past. Let’s hope we are ready for their defense should we pull in a PP.
Toronto Press has pegged hometown boy Tom Wilson as an “enforcer” and the “best agitator” in the NHL. All this to mean that Tom will have to watch his back as the Leafs are likely to try and draw him into some fights to get him off the ice tonight. Not that he doesn’t already have a target on his back!
ROCK THE RED!!! GO CAPS!!!