Capitals Drop Preseason Home Opener in New-Look Capital One Arena

The Washington Capitals continued their preseason on Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins, the same team they took on Sunday afternoon to open the exhibition slate as well as the team they will begin the regular season against on October 3rd at Capital One Arena. They once again fell to the Bruins, this time by a final of 5-2. The big story, however, wasn’t what took place on the ice but the new-look arena off the ice. FiCP was there and got a first look at the renovations.  Continue reading “Capitals Drop Preseason Home Opener in New-Look Capital One Arena”

Rookie Inexperience Helps Bruins Sweep Preseason Set from the Caps

If only the preseason were the regular season. The Bruins came out firing and ran away with another win 5-2, sweeping the preseason set from Washington.

TJ Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom, Dimitri Orlov, Matt Niskanan and Braden Holtby made their pre-season debuts in front of a much larger than expected crowd for Washington’s first pre-season home game since the team won the Stanley Cup. With the five veterans, there were a lot of rookies and it showed as the game went on. Continue reading “Rookie Inexperience Helps Bruins Sweep Preseason Set from the Caps”

Capitals Preseason Home Game Fun Without the Victory!

The Capitals played their second preseason game against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, at home among friends. The crowd was pumped to see some of the Stanley Cup Winners on the ice at Capital One Arena- TJ Oshie, Dmitry Orlov, Matt Niskanen, Nick Backstrom, and Braden Holtby. Oshie had a little fun taking selfies and we laughed as Colby Williams kept passing pucks through the camera hole to fans! Continue reading “Capitals Preseason Home Game Fun Without the Victory!”

Capitals Play First Preseason at Home Tonight

The Capitals will be back to Capital One Arena for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup. Although it won’t be the full complement of players, five of those winning Caps will be on the ice: Nicklas Backstrom, TJ Oshie, Matt Niskanen, Dmitry Orlov, and Braden Holtby in the net for part of the game.

The Caps report that Ilya Samsanov will be his backup and can be expected to get his first taste of NHL hockey tonight.

The projected line up for tonight against the Bruins in the second meeting of the preseason is:

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We will be providing complete coverage from the Arena- up top and down low!!

The Caps Regular Season is Among Us

The Washington Capitals are 1-5-0 so far in the preseason with one game left to play in St. Louis before the regular season starts. If you think that record is rattling, the Caps have only scored 8 goals out of those 6 games. Not a good sign for the days to come.

Caps Reporter Tarik El-Bashir tweeted this possible lineup for the final game of the preseason:

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Devante Smith-Pelley and Alex Chiasson on the wings for Jay Beagle is not a bad move. Both have proved to be solid with consistent play. This game in St. Louis will hopefully prove that these two belong on an NHL team. Smith-Pelley was bought out by New Jersey and was signed by Washington in the offseason. Chiasson, who played for Ottawa last season, was signed to a professional tryout agreement walking into the preseason and has not disappointed since arriving.

Aaron Ness and Taylor Chorney have proven their skill so far this preseason. Have they outshined the other defenseman in competition? In my opinion, no. Ness/Chorney/Bowey/Djoos is a difficult bunch to choose from. If it were me, keep Bowey and Chorney on the third pairing. Keep Djoos scratched and send Ness to Hershey to dominate with Hershey.

Where is Nathan Walker? Where is Christian Djoos? Where is Madison Bowey? What about Tyler Graovac? The competition is still thick with the four vacant roster openings on the Caps. The organization is just weighing their chances and who’s the right fit right now. Doesn’t mean players can’t still be moved between Washington and Hershey. 

Regardless, I think that most of these players will remain with the Caps going into the regular season and rotate in as scratches until someone proves to be inconsistent. The opening rosters are due this Tuesday for the season opener no later than 5pm.

Capitals Jay Beagle: What’s Not to Like

Washington Capitals third-line center Jay Beagle is one of the most consistent players on the team. When he signed his most recent contract, Brian MacLellan said: “Jay is a hard-working player who plays multiple positions and is an excellent faceoff man and penalty killer.” He is a versatile player, capable of playing wherever coach puts him.

Jay has had his fair share of injuries, including a broken left hand in 2015. The 2016-17 season was the first time he played nearly the entire season–he missed one game. This has the potential to be his best season yet, if he can remain healthy.  He should play in his 400th NHL career game, and then some. And he could record his 100th point, With a career high of 13 goals last season, he could also record a career 50 goals this time around.

The Caps need Jay in the faceoff. He continues to out-perform most of the team. He is a strong third-line player. “Faceoff prowess ” is the term most used to describe his talent. Coach Trotz certainly has a lot of confidence in this critical capability, and with all the the faceoff penalties called this preseason, the team will likely continue to rely on him.

Jay always makes us smile. He has a simple joy about him. He is often teased about his lack on technological savvy. He probably won’t even see this post–although maybe wife Ashley might! He doesn’t use social media but he is always more than willing to stop and take a selfie or sign an autograph. He has that refreshingly simple background that comes from growing up with a close-knit family in Calgary.

We hope Jay has a great season. We can only expect that he will. Lines will likely shift once the vacant spots on the roster are filled. CSN has projected a Nathan Walker – Jay Beagle – Alex Chiasson line. Time will tell.

He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2017/18 season. Beagle signed a three- year $5,250,000 contract in June 2015. His previous three-year  contract was for $2,700,000. He began his professional career in 2008 with the Hershey Bears and made the jump to full-time Capitals in 2010.

Capitals and Fans Daily Social Media 9/22

It’s a Capitals Game Night! First home game in the newly named Capital One Arena; however, they may be a little behind in signage:

Here is the line up for Friday:

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The rest of the team:

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Speaking of Isabelle…

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Gene is out taking photos again:


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We are pretty sure the Knights are toying with us now:

Capitals and Fans Daily Social Media Review for Tuesday 

Soooo we watched the Caps first preseason game against the New Jersey Devils On Monday. We were less then impressed but then again, it wasn’t the full roster so we aren’t worried. Except maybe about those refs and their quick whistles on the faceoff. 

Our favorite moments today:

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The man who keeps Nicky fit was in the house today:

Some reactions to the first preseason game:

Beagle and Walton talk about the surprise enforcement of the faceoff penalty:

Trotz says still about watching and sorting out players after the game:

What you are thinking about the Caps:

Hope you had a GR8 time!!

And come out Wednesday to watch whoever doesn’t go to Montreal:

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Caps Third Line Secures Victory over Blues: Analysis by Ashley Reid

THIRD LINE’S A CHARM

The Washington Capitals headed to Kansas City to visit the St. Louis Blues on the back end of a home and home. This is the fifth preseason game for the Caps. Philip Grubauer was the man between the pipes. After splitting game time with Braden Holtby last game, Grubi got the whole 60 minutes on Wednesday night. Jake Allen was in the net for the Blues.

As we inch closer and closer to the home opener, the Caps still have a few more cuts to make before they finalize the regular season roster, so expect to see more of the young guys out there, fighting for a roster spot.

Period 1- Old Friends, New Team  

sab-oshie T.J Oshie drew first blood against his former team. Oshie’s goal got the Caps on the board first with a goal a few minutes into the first period. This was Oshie’s first goal of the preseason. The Blues tied it up with a goal from Vlad Tarasenko, who was playing his first game of the preseason. Christian Thomas* gave the Caps the lead again with a few minutes left in the first. TJ Oshie’s first goal was assisted by Evgeny Kuznetsov; Tarasenko was assisted by Lehtera; and Christian Thomas, assisted by Dan Winnick. The period ended with the Caps up, 2-1

Period 2- Dominant Offense

It was a chippy beginning to period 2 with quite a few whistles being blown. Only one penalty was called though. Zach Sanford got caught tripping but the Caps killed the penalty successfully. Grubi did not see much action in the second 20 minutes of the game either. However, there was no need. The Caps offense took over and dominated the second period. Oshie netted another goal, assisted by Jay Beagle that increased the Caps lead. Alex Ovechkin had a good chance on a breakaway but could not convert. The Caps lead in shots 21-10. These boys came to play tonight! The good guys up, 3-1!

Period 3- Christian Who?

Caps were on the power play early in the third when the Blues Jay Bouwmeester  was called for interference. However, the Caps could not get another one past Allen. With about 12 minutes left in the game, and another great feed from Dan Winnick, Christian Thomas scored his second goal of the game and gave the Caps a three goal cushion against St. Louis. With less than 30 seconds left in the game, the Blues got one past Grubi. However, it was too late to mount a comeback. The Caps take this one 4-2.

FINAL SCORE: 4-2, CAPS WIN!!

The Caps next preseason game is on Friday night, October 7th at 7pm. It will be at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC against the Carolina Hurricanes.

* Forward Christian Thomas was signed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Caps in July 2016.

Starting Line-up for Caps-Blues PreSeason

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The St.Louis Blues are in Washington for the Caps seventh preseason game–three more to go to regular season. This is just one more game to test the talents of prospective players to add to the roster and one more night for the regular guys to get in shape for an October 13 opener in Pittsburgh.

The Caps will be missing Marcus Johansson, Tom Wilson, and Madison Bowey who management is holding out to recover from some injuries picked up in previous preseason matches. Continue reading “Starting Line-up for Caps-Blues PreSeason”