For the second time in 18 days, the Washington Capitals hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena. Once again, the Caps protected home ice with a 6-2 win, their third in a row, to keep ahead for first place in the Metropolitan Division now up by five points on the Blue Jackets with a 18-9-3 record (39 points). The offense got a boost with T.J. Oshie‘s return after being out for over three weeks with a concussion. Oshie scored in this contest that also saw tallies from Brett Connolly, Travis Boyd, and Alex Ovechkin times three. Continue reading “Alex Ovechkin’s Hat Trick and T.J. Oshie’s Return Power Caps to 6-2 Win Over Red Wings”
Don’t look now. Right when you thought Washington Capitals were going through a Stanley Cup hangover, the team has ripped off four wins in a row. On Black Friday, they protected home ice to deliver a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Continue reading “Caps Defeat Red Wings 3-1 on Black Friday”
The Capitals needed a full team effort tonight. We thought they would come out really strong. The first two periods dragged on and on. It took a couple periods to bring it with Brett Connolly finally getting the Caps on the board. And eventually most players had a shot or block to get the win.
Thank goodness the PK was strong! The Caps killed off two penalties in both the first and second periods and thankfully had none in the third. Continue reading “Washington Defeats Detroit: Grubi Rules”
The Capitals are in the position to begin thinking about transitioning their high-performing players to aging under-performing players. And by under-performing we mean players whose stats are on the decline compared to their previous performance or to the performance of newer younger players. Yes we mean Alex Ovechkin in particular.
Just a year ago we were talking about the maturity of the Caps top line players. At that point we focused on how they had grown as they learned from their mistakes. They had time to hone their hockey skills. And yes, they had matured in their personal lives too, as most of the older players are now married (or in long-term relationships) with children. Today; however, they are the ‘aging’ players whose player maturity will have less impact as they come against younger, stronger, and faster players around the league. Continue reading “The Ovechkin Future: How Teams Deal with Their Fading Stars”
After the bye week for the Capitals, things weren’t as the expected for return. The Red Wings who ranked last in the Eastern Conference and 27th overall opened a 2-0 advantage, saw the Caps raise in the game and tied in in the third. However, The Rangers managed to win in the shootouts and accomplish the “zebra” in the east, a Brazilian expression used when the leader loses to the last placed team. In this case, the league leader losing to the last team in the conference.
The Caps began strong and fast, with Ovechkin and Backstrom having some good chances at the first minute of the game. But in the first half of the first period, the Red Wings converted a power play and took the early lead. The Capitals, by other side, didn’t capitalize any. The Red Wings extended their lead to 2-0 in the second, but the Caps could prepare the ground with Sanford’s second NHL career goal, making it 2-1 before the third. With less than five minutes in the third, Winnik tied the game and the tie would be extended to the shootouts. The Caps had their opportunity to win, but wasted some chances, including with T.J. Oshie, but the six-game win streak came to an end.
One of the reasons we can appoint is the special units. The Caps suffered a PPG and couldn’t capitalize any of their own. Some people say about the “rust”, since the team just came back from the bye week. Burakovsky suffered a hand injury against the same Detroit Red Wings last week, when the Caps have won by 6-3 at Verizon Center and his presence could make some difference today.
The good side is the Caps demonstrated strength and that they’re able top manage and search results in the adversity, but still improve about decisive moments, like winning in OT/SO. By the way, they’re still unbeaten in 12 games at home. This team can be mortal if they rise in the right moment.
The next opponent was our a rivals, the New York Rangers in the Big Apple the following day. The Caps had some struggles here too. Lundqvist had 31 saves while Grubauer had 28. The final score was 2-1 Rangers. Let’s hope by the time they meet the Flyers in Philadelphia on Wednesday at 8 pm.
Photos by Mel Abernethy
Once again the Washington Capitals skated off the home ice winners with a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. This time 11 players recorded points. Brett Connolly continues his trend, with a third night of finding the back of the net and it the fifth game with a point.
Before the start of the game, fans were happy to welcome Fatima Al Ali from the UAE, who dropped the ceremonial puck. She was warmly welcomed and she seemed to inspire the team!
A great game starts with a great warm-up:
The Red Wings gave the Caps a run for their money with Andreas Athanasiou (72) scoring twice on the Caps — he seems to like scoring when playing the Caps! Henrik Zetterberg (40) would score the third and final goal for the Wings. Oh yeah, and the crowds enjoyed whooping old friend Mike Green (25).
The Caps outshot the Wings 31 to 17. Marcus Johansson, Brett Connolly, TJ Oshie (2), John Carlson, and finally Nick Backstrom all added to their scoring records.
The game ended with a win for the Caps but not without some players getting banged up. Connolly was tossed around but looks to be ok. Andre Burakovsky not so much. He will be out until mid-March with a hand injury. (Read more here)
After a tough schedule and roller coaster of scoring, the Caps have a chance to restart with a clean slate. They have one away game and then cans settle in at home for five in a row – three this week.
Wednesday, 15 November at the Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 pm on CSN-DC
Thursday, 16 November, Pittsburgh Penguins at Verizon Center, 7:30 pm on NBCSN
Friday, 18 November, Detroit Red Wings at Verizon Centers, 7 pm on CSN
Sunday, 20 November, Columbus Blue Jackets at Verizon Center, 12:30 pm on CSN
Practice/Morning Skate (Schedule subject to change)
Monday the Caps held practice at Kettler before flying out for Columbus, Ohio.
Tuesday Morning Skate at Nationwide Arena in Columbus at 11:30
Wednesday is another day off as they settle in before the Pens game.
Thursday Morning Skate is a scheduled day off.
Friday Morning Skate likely at Caps Kettler Iceplex, 10:15 am
Saturday Practice at Caps Kettler Iceplex, 10:30 am
Friday is Third Jersey Night!
The Caps will hold a canned food drive on Sunday during the CBJ game. All food collected will go to the Capital Area Food Bank. Fans who donate two or more non-perishable items will receive a Nick Backstrom poster.
The Capitals announced: “ Washington Capitals players Braden Holtby, Nate Schmidt and Tom Wilson will serve as Muscle Team Members during the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s 2016 Muscle Team Gala on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View in Arlington, Va.”
Media Touch Points
Tuesday, 8:40 a.m.: Karl Alzner on The Sports Junkies, 106.7 The Fan
Wednesday, 5 p.m.: John Carlson on Chad Dukes vs. The World, 106.7 The Fan
Don’t forget game time is late tonight: 7:30 puck drop.
Karl Alzner and Marcus Johansson both took take practice today so it looks like Alzner will continue his consecutive game-playing streak. Although it was only a “morning skate” the team was working hard on their drills in prep for tonight’s match-up. Players were in good moods as some of the dads watched from the balcony. The boys always seem a bit more inspired when their dads are in town. Let’s hope they bring us a win.
Caps Driving Forward
The Washington Caps hope to get back in the win column tonight and will be energetic and powerful as they face each other for the third time this season. Both teams are in second place in their division with the Caps leading the Wings in overall regulation wins. We can expect another hard hitting game that probably will come down to goalie stamina.
What Detroit Brings
Center Brad Richards has returned from back surgery and finally broke a scoring drought against Nashville on Saturday. They’ve been 6-0-2 since his return so scoring or not, he seems to be bringing some charm to the team.
Former Caps player and community leader, Mike Green returns to the phone book tonight. Don’t look for the 52 on his sweater though; his new number is 25. Clever eh? Read our article on Greenie Here .
Henrick Zetterberg (40) leads the Red Wings in points with 49 assists and 17 goals.
Never underestimate what Pavel Datsyuk (13) brings to the game. Even though he was hanging out with this Russian countrymen yesterday, he will be all about winning the game once he laces up. He comes into the game with 26 goals and 39 assists (65 points), scoring 2 goals and 3 assists in the last 10 days.
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What to Watch for Tonight:
Justin Williams: One point to go to reach 600 career HNL points.
John Carlson: One goal away from 50 career NHL goals.
Marcus Johansson: One point away from 200 total NHL points.
Mike Green is probably the most controversial Caps player, next to Alexander Semin, in recent history. Greenie played for the Washington Capitals Organization from 2004 until he signed with The Detroit Red Wings following the 2014/15 season. One of the original Young Guns –with Semin, Ovechkin, and Backstrom—Green was known for his highs and lows, his injuries, and his dedication to community. He was the player fans loved to hate and hated to love. And when he left, most felt, as Dan Steinberg wrote, that we were seeing the end of an era.
Green was originally drafted by the Caps in 2004 along with teammate Alex Ovechkin, but his first full season as a Cap came in the 2006-07 season. In his first season Green had just two goals and 10 assists, ending the year with a +/- of -10. Comparing this to his last season with the Caps (2014-15) when he ended the season with 10 goals and 35 assists, Green was always a team player in the right place at the right time. Green has only played 21 games with his new team but already has one Goal and 10 assists. He is currently averaging around 21:00 minutes a game for Detroit. In case you didn’t already know Green now wears #25 just switching the numbers he previously wore (#52).
But Green was not only a great team player on the ice, Mike founded “So Kids Can” with DC 101’s Elliot Segal, a fundraising group that designates funds to youth-focused organizations in the area. Green committed to donating $100 for every goal he scored and $50 for every assist. He received the James Brown Impact Award for his involvement in the community. The award is given to a player who uses his sport to impact the Washington DC area. One of the most memorable charities Greenie supported was the annual Kaboom! playground restoration and build projects in the greater DC area.
We saw Mike grow up, just as we have watched the other young guns. He inspired many fans into community service by his example. We watched him as he dated and then married his lovely bride Courtney Parrie, a local girl and photographer. And we understand that they are expecting their first child. At the end of the day, Mike Green will always hold a special spot in the hearts of Caps fans for all he inspired us to do and for his great plays on the ice.
We look forward to seeing him, even if it is in something other than a Washington Capitals sweater.