Pondering the Caps New Season: Third and Fourth Lines

Last week we took a look at the Capitals top six players and what the top two lines might look like in the upcoming season.  The third and fourth lines will definitely look different in the 2019/20 season with the loss of Brett Connolly and Andre Burakovsky. Who will play with Lars Eller? Will Carl Hagelin be on the bottom six or the top six? How will the coach slot in those new players donning a red sweater for the first time? It feels as if we have more questions then we have answers. Continue reading “Pondering the Caps New Season: Third and Fourth Lines”

Centers locked in, Caps re-sign Dowd

The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Nic Dowd to a 3-year contract worth $750,000 AAV. He has had a career year with the Caps, posting 22 points (8g, 14a) in 64 games this regular season. With the length of the contact implied, it would seem General Manager Brian MacLellan has solidified his centers for each offensive line.

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In front of Dowd are Lars Eller, Nicklas Backstrom, and Evgeny Kuznetsov down the middle. Current capable candidates at the position are Chandler Stephenson and Travis Boyd, who both played at the center position with the AHL Hershey Bears. If he has a game “fall-through”, I would look at these two in the playoffs and if their services are retained come next season.

Dowd has certainly lived up to the hype after the Caps let Jay Beagle walk after the 2017-2018 Stanley Cup win. He has been stellar with the wingers he has been accompanied by this season; Boyd, Stephenson, Devante Smith-Pelly, Andre Burakovsky, and Dmitrij Jaskin. Brian MacLellan has done a fantastic job from the office and has found a new 4th line center replacement. Centers are locked in for the next couple of years, so you can check that off the block of the “Caps-to-do-list.”

Nicklas Backstrom Misses Caps Morning Skate Due to Illness, Will Be Game-Time Decision vs. Flyers

MEDSTAR CAPITALS ICEPLEX – The Washington Capitals took took the ice on Tuesday morning to prepare for their contest that night against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Caps are coming off an impressive 3-2 comeback win over the Detroit Red Wings thanks to Michal Kempny‘s late third period goal that ended their brief three-game western road trip. The Flyers meanwhile were shutout at home by the St. Louis Blues 3-0 last night. When the Caps took the ice in Arlington this morning, everyone was marked present except for one. Nicklas Backstrom is sick and the team said he’ll be a game-time decision for tonight.  Continue reading “Nicklas Backstrom Misses Caps Morning Skate Due to Illness, Will Be Game-Time Decision vs. Flyers”

Capitals Players Give Fans the Gift of More Christmas Music This Holiday Season

Remember “Capitals Tunes Volume 2” that came out last year that was so much better than the first one because they never made one? The CD was so popular among Capitals fans that the team released a brand new CD this holiday season titled “ALLCAPS Holiday for Real“. This video came out during the Capitals game Friday night against the Sabres which was the final home game before Christmas and it featured some old favorites and new surprises!  Continue reading “Capitals Players Give Fans the Gift of More Christmas Music This Holiday Season”

Alex Ovechkin’s Hat Trick in Second Straight Game Leads Caps to Comeback Win over Hurricanes

The Washington Capitals and their were frustrated. It was a stinker start of the game and it saw the Caps trail 4-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes before they mounted a furious comeback in the third period to win the game 6-5 in a shootout. The win was the Caps fourth in a row and 11th win in their last 13 games. The comeback was led by Alex Ovechkin’s hat trick, the second straight game he accomplished the feat. The difference in the shootout was Jakub Vrana, who scored his first career shootout goal on his first-ever attempt. The Caps improve their record to 19-9-3 for 41 points and lead the Blue Jackets by five-points for first place in the Metropolitan DivisionContinue reading “Alex Ovechkin’s Hat Trick in Second Straight Game Leads Caps to Comeback Win over Hurricanes”

Alex Ovechkin’s Hat Trick and T.J. Oshie’s Return Power Caps to 6-2 Win Over Red Wings

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”

A Couple of Caps Firsts in Columbus

Last night was a special game for two guys: Dmitrij Jaskin and Travis Boyd.

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Jaskin, after being claimed off waivers by the Caps from the Blues, sought to reignite his NHL career with the Capitals. Finding himself in a well spot on the 4th line with Nic Dowd, he has established his new role as a power forward with the club. Last night he scored his first goal with Washington on a deflection off his skate, officially taking the monkey off his back.

Boyd has been with the Capitals organization for quite some time now, making a name for himself with the Hershey Bears. He scored his first NHL career goal tonight and it was a beauty. Off a feed from the captain Alex Ovechkin, Boyd one-timed the puck past Columbus’ backup goalie Joonas Korpisalo.

With notables out, like T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson, the Caps look to the “next guy up” to fill the voids. Guys like Jaskin and Boyd certainly did just that last night. Very proud of them and hopefully their success can continue to produce throughout the season.

Caps Defeat Red Wings 3-1 on Black Friday

michael banner 2Don’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”

Capitals Defeat Blackhawks 4-2 in Tom Wilson’s Return to D.C.

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The Washington Capitals got a huge win the night before Thanksgiving, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2. Tom Wilson scored early in his first home game in D.C. since Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals and the Caps never looked back. The win improves the Caps record to 11-7-3, their third win in a row. Continue reading “Capitals Defeat Blackhawks 4-2 in Tom Wilson’s Return to D.C.”

Caps Road Trip Roundup: Injuries, Controversy, and Intense Games

michael banner 2The Washington Capitals have recently concluded a four-game road trip with stops in Minnesota, Winnipeg, Colorado, and Montreal. FiCP takes a look at what was a roller-coaster type week.  Continue reading “Caps Road Trip Roundup: Injuries, Controversy, and Intense Games”