Capitals Pass the Stanley Cup to Blues in Season Opener

The Washington Capitals will play their first game of the season on 2 October at Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The 2018 Stanley Cup Champions will effectively transfer the Cup to the Blues as St. Louis hoists the banner and Cup for the first time in their house. It will be a bittersweet moment for the Caps, who remember what it feels like to celebrate such an accomplishment. Continue reading “Capitals Pass the Stanley Cup to Blues in Season Opener”

Mark Your Calendar For Capitals PreSeason

The Capitals announced their preseason schedule for the 2019/20 season. This is when management takes one final look at players as they set the roster. Typically players from the Hershey Bears are on the ice with a mix of new and mature Caps players.

If you are not a season ticket holder (STH) or if regular season tickets are out of the budget- this is a less expensive way to see some of the NHL players warm up for some serious play. STH will often list their seats on TicketMaster so be sure to check there first.

What’s ahead? The first three games will be played at Capital One Arena. The Blackhawks hope this is the season their rebuild is over and they should be putting forward some pretty strong players for the Caps to face. The current Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues come to town, likely without many of their Cup winners but they should still be great to watch. And finally, the Caps will be playing the team that took them out of the playoffs in April 2019. Then the Caps go on the road for three games. This is when they typically make those final cuts and more of the regular roster steps in.

16 September, Monday:          Chicago Blackhawks at Capital One Arena – Game at 7 PM
18 September, Wednesday:    St. Louis Blues at Capital One Arena – Game at 7 PM
21 September, Saturday:         Carolina Hurricanes at Capital One Arena – Game at 7 PM
25 September, Wednesday:    Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago at 8 PM
27 September, Friday:               St. Louis Blues in St. Louis at 8 PM
29 September, Sunday:            Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh at 1:30 PM

The Capitals will release the full training camp schedule later this summer. Next up is development camp which begins Tuesday 25 June. The full 2019-20 schedule should be released by 21 June.

 

Caps Once Again Fall to Blues 4-1

CAPITAL ONE ARENA – The St. Louis Blues came into Washington and defeated the Capitals thanks to a second period of three unanswered goals. That led not only to a 4-1 road win over the defending Stanley Cup champions but also swept the Caps for the season series after defeating Washington back on Jan. 3 in St. Louis. This game marked a significant milestone for Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik, who suited up for his 1,000th career NHL game. This is the Capitals second loss in a row having lost Saturday to the Blue Jackets on home ice in overtimeContinue reading “Caps Once Again Fall to Blues 4-1”

The Pregame: Brooks Orpik to Play in 1,000th NHL Game Tonight

When Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik laces his skates, puts on the home red uniform and takes the ice tonight against the St. Louis Blues at Capital One Arena, it would mark doing so for the 1,000th time. Orpik will become the 330th all-time player, 114th defenseman and 22nd active player to play in 1,000 NHL games.  Continue reading “The Pregame: Brooks Orpik to Play in 1,000th NHL Game Tonight”

Michal Kempny Makes His Season Debut Tonight vs. Vegas

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Tonight the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights will meet for the first time since the Caps hoisted the Stanley Cup in the dessert to begin the greatest summer of our lives. It’s a rematch of the Stanley Cup and it is sure to be an exciting matchup! One big storyline going into tonight’s contest is this game will mark the return of Michal Kempny.  Continue reading “Michal Kempny Makes His Season Debut Tonight vs. Vegas”

Tom Wilson will be Suspended 20 Games to Start the Season

It’s almost like de ja vu. Last year when the Washington Capitals ended their preseason against the St. Louis Blues, Tom Wilson laid out a controversial hit that had him suspended for four games. One year later? Same deal but only a harsher punishment since he’s a repeat offender. After Wilson and general manger Brian MacLellan flew up to New York this morning for a hearing, the NHL Department of Player Safety has decided to suspend Wilson 20 games to begin the season. Continue reading “Tom Wilson will be Suspended 20 Games to Start the Season”

Inside the Caps Opponent : Brayden Schenn

The Washington Capitals will be facing St. Louis this afternoon at Capital One to take on a Blues team that has been a little Jekyll and Hyde this season. They have 54 points to sit third in the tough Western Central division but have struggled lately winning only four of 10 and are coming off a 6-3 beating to the Flyers. The loss of Jayden Schwartz certainly slowed the team down. Outside of Schwartz, you’d likely think Vladimir Teresenko is leading the Blues in goals and points?? Well, you’d be wrong…it’s old Capitals friend Brayden Schenn. He is tied with Teresenko in goals (17) and leads in points with 42. The Blues acquiring him from the Flyers could be argue as one of the deals of last summer.

Ok, friend is not a description he’d get in DC, especially with Tom Wilson as the two have scrapped on numerous occasions. Give Schenn credit, he will not back down (as does older brother Luke) with 43. This season he’s rounding out his game nicely as some thought he’d do when he took the jump to the NHL with Los Angeles after the Kings selected him fifth overall in 2009.  It’s his five seasons in Philadelphia that Capitals fans remember of him though. He was infuriating to the Capitals and showed flashes of his offense.

Lets not forget that this is a player that tied a Canadian record for points (18) at the 2011 World Junior tourney, was named as the WHL Rookie of the Year with Brandon Wheat Kings, and had 99 points in 59 games his last year in Juniors. So maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that he is on pace for his best season ever. He still plays a tough game and I am sure Tom Wilson and the Caps will bring that out today. Let’s hope the younger Schenn brother focuses more on the “chippy” stuff and not get burned by his offence.

Go Caps Go

Capitals Play First Preseason at Home: Graovac Surpise

The Capitals hosted the St. Louis Blues for the first home preseason game Friday. It was a night of turnovers and missed chances as prospects tried to prove they can perform on the same level as the likes of permanent roster players. 


The first period was kind of slow. No penalties or scoring for over 10 minutes and then bam! Chorney and Wilson were called for slashing and one-two, the Blues scored. 2-0 at the end of period. The second period was fairly dull. Except for Anthony Peluso, who is looking for a job! He was first and last in the penalty box. Once for hooking and once for roughing. No score change. Third period it didn’t take long for the Caps to get a power play. Copley in the net, switching with Holtby who played two shifts. Lots of potential for this goalie! And Tom Wilson had his first real fight on the ice. Willy won.  Smoothly Thomas (Blues) got his second goal on Phoenix. 4-0 in the end. Ugh. 


We had some key players we were watching.  Here is our take on the night and those we kept and eye on:

Vrana – could he get a top six spot? He played a physical game again but like the rest of the team, didn’t have much to show for it. 


Stephenson – showing his speed as he was moved from center to left wing. 


Boyd
– he looked good in the corners. CSN likes him too. 


Johanson
– not much to say tonight. He was a -1 and had at least one giveaway. Happens  to the best of ‘me but maybe he needs more seasoning with the Bears. 


Djoos – he has some good stick handling.  He’s a real possibility. 


Ness
– the gents from CSN like him and think he will get the nod to stay. We have yet to see that in him. He plays low so maybe he has been under the radar for us. 

Graovac – ok, he surprised us. Tyler had some great opportunities and showed some real grit. He was rushing the net all night.

Bottom line is we wouldn’t want to be coach and making these decisions. Our top picks right now are Vrana, Bowey, and after tonight, Graovac. We have a vote for this guy too. 

Tyler Lewington

Morning skate at 10 on Saturday and a non-game scrimmage set for 11:15. 

Shattenkirk to Caps Strengthens Cup Run; First Look Against NYR Tonight

Opinion Piece by Chris Cleveland

Kevin Shattenkirk to the Caps means it really is Stanley Cup or bust this year. As the trade deadline winds down, the Washington Capitals shocked us all and made what could be the trade that puts them over the top and finally brings the Cup home to DC. The Caps sent their 2017 first round pick, 2018 second round pick, and Zack Sanford to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Kevin Shattenkirk.

I know Shattenkirk very well. Actually I am a huge Blackhawks fan as well and they had to deal with Shattenkirk constantly. The guy is a darn good defenseman and has one of the best slap shots I have ever seen. He drove me crazy with the number of goals he has scored on the Hawks and I am super happy he is now with the Caps. Another really appealing thing about him is his ability to create plays and set up his teammates. The part I really like about him though is his age. He is only 27 and can really provide a major boost to the Caps blue line–something that has been lacking in the playoffs . The Mike Weber experiment last year which was a complete failure. This; however, is going to be a totally different story.  As one of the best D in the league, Shattenkirk is going to be one of the key pieces of the Caps cup run this year.

sanford-called-upEven though we did give up a lot for him, like Zach Sanford,  it is going to be worth it in the end if we bring home the Stanley Cup this year. My final reason for liking Shattenkirk is he is a magician on the power play. He has scored so many power play goals against the Hawks from so many different angles and he loves the one timer from the point too. I also don’t think the Caps are done trading yet. I could really see us trading off Stan Galiev and Nate Schdmit together for a depth forward who has won a Cup before. You know, someone like Patrick Sharp? Here is my best guess at what the Caps D pairs will be from as we head to the final run for the Cup:

Carlson Alzner

Niskanen Shattenkirk

Orpik Orlv

Thoughts?? Are you more hopeful now about the Caps getting all the way to the finals this year? Think we need more change?

 

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At the End of the Road, Caps beat the Stars and Break a Taboo Since 2008

In three games on the road, the Caps have collected five of six points. Differently compared to that nine-win streak, two of these three games were really tough. The Caps were able to remain the only team in the league with single digit in losses (nine).

The first game on the road, a wild one against it’s greatest rival, the Penguins, the Caps would manage to tie the game in Pennsylvania, but lost in overtime by 8-7. Anyway, the Caps got a point and it was important to continue a point streak, with 13 games. In all these three games, the Capitals couldn’t count on an important piece: defenseman John Carlson.

The second game was easier, beating the Blues, T.J. Oshie’s former team, by 7-3. Seven different Caps scored and all the 12 forwards got a least one point. And also, the team scored seven goals for the second straight game. It was the first time since Feb. 11-13, 1993 the Capitals scored at least seven goals in back-to-back games. Then it was a 10-6 win over the same Blues and a 10-3 win over the Kings.

Against the Stars, the Caps had the pressure to break a big curse (or as we say in Brazil “break a taboo”): the last time they defeated the Stars was in Oct. 28, 2008. Although it was the league leader against a 27th place team, but it was hard for the Caps to garner the victory in The Lone Star State. Andre Burakovsky wrote his name in franchise history, as the player with most scored-opener in consecutive games with four goals. The Caps saw the Stars turn the score in their favor, 3-1, but they were able to tie it with two PPGs, by Ovi and Oshie. Jay Beagle needed 19 seconds in overtime to get the OTGWG and extend his point streak to 15 games. The last time the Caps defeated the Stars in Dallas, during the regulation, Burakovsky was just a few months old– in 1995.

The road trip did show us some important things about the team and individuals:

  • the team was able to manage to tie a tough game against a strong foe, in their home, in order to get a point in OT;
  • seven different Caps scored and all the 12 were able to note at least one point in St. Luis, Missouri;
  • Burkie wrote his name in franchise history;
  • Ovechkin tied with Wayne Gretzky for 15th in career power play goals, from the Ovi-spot;
  • the team were able to tie a tough game again, ending a drought against them almost 10 years with an heroic OT win by Beags, who has now a 15-game point streak;

To close out the trip, the Caps remain the only team in this regular season with a single digit loss, at nine; and the Caps are tied for first in the NHL with Columbus for goals-against, with 100; and leads the league with 68 points and Goal Differential, +48.

All-in-all; this road trip (with the dads and mentors) has been pretty successful!