When the game between the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders went to a pause for a commercial break, all eyes inside Capital One Arena were transfixed on the video board above center ice. A tribute video was played honoring Barry Trotz, the coach that guided the Capitals to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup and won the hearts of Washington as the first coach to guide a D.C. sports team to a championship for the first time in 26 years. Continue reading “Capitals Pay Tribute to Former Coach Barry Trotz with Video and Standing Ovation from Fans”
The Washington Capitals are back home looking to snap a three-game slide when they host the New York Islanders for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop. This contest isn’t just your ordinary Metropolitan Division matchup, however, instead it marks the return of an important figure that led the Capitals to championship greatness. Barry Trotz coached the Caps for four seasons, ending his tenure with the first Stanley Cup in both the history of the franchise and the coach’s resume. When the season ended, the two sides between Trotz and General Manager Brian MacLellan didn’t reach an agreement on an extension which allowed Trotz to walk and take a coaching job at the island. Continue reading “The Pregame: Barry Trotz Returns to D.C.”
What would the site Friends in Cold Places be without the word friends? No, not just “in cold places”, that doesn’t make sense. What we love about this site is that we’re all friends. Our hockey team is our friends, other fans of the Washington Capitals are our friends and when players and coaches leave the Caps and face them on the opposition, there’s always special moment where they see their old friends again and there’s no love lost whatsoever. That’s what transpired hours before the Capitals concluded their New York tour in Brooklyn going up against the Islanders and the coach who led them to greatness less than six months ago. While we would’ve loved to see Barry Trotz behind the bench, looking to steer the Capitals ship towards more glory, he ultimately had to do what’s best for himself and his family. We missed him on banner night. We missed him during the highs and lows of this young season but on Monday night, the players got to reunite with him. Continue reading “Barry Trotz, Lane Lambert, and Mitch Korn Reunite with Old Friends and Get Their Stanley Cup Rings”
After a dismal loss to the Flyers on Saturday the Caps were back at practice Monday. They had Sunday off to regroup and they were all smiles on the ice, putting the past behind and looking ahead. Everyone, except Eller, was on the ice today. Eller is sick and iffy for Tuesday’s game.
There were some great Holtby moments…
Practice is all about the coaches setting a strategy in play:
Today’s videos and more photos:
The Washington Capitals held Morning Skate on Saturday ahead of their preseason match with the Carolina Hurricanes. And yes, Justin Williams is schedule to play…sigh…
Anyway, here is who is in for both teams. Note: Tom Wilson is out pending a disciplinary hearing.
Orlov sure looked happy to be in tonight.
And finally, Jay Beagle was ever the gentleman meeting with fans:
The Caps return to Verizon Center for the first time in 2016 and after a long five-game away stint. They have won the last three of those games and are looking like they are on another great streak. Much of the credit for the team’s success, as they shift around injured and suspended players, is Coach Barry Trotz. He has brought a positive attitude as they face each game with a fresh desire to win, which at the half-way mark is working.
No news yet as to who the net minder will be or if John Carlson is back. We’ll let you know when we know.
Ovechkin 500 Watch
It seems the whole world is watching and waiting for Alex Ovechkin to hit his next bit milestone. No doubt Caps friends will be holding their breath at Verizon Center to see if he gets that 500th goal. Load up your pictures and graphics now!! And bring those signs to the game.
Zach Sill is clear to rejoin the team today.
Paul Carey, up from Hershey played his first game with the Caps on Saturday
Goalie to Goalie
Braden Holtby leads the league in wins (26). His 1.93 goals against average (GAA) is currently third in the league. Backing him up in the net is Philipp Grubauer.
When last the Caps met on December 16th, the Senators, Andrew Hammond was in the net and unfortunately for him, the Caps got the better of him and they lost 2-1. The Hamburgler has been out much of the season after he was sidelined during an injury he sustained during practice. He has 3 wins in 8 games and a .927 save percentage. Goalie Craig Anderson is 16 for 32 when in the net with a .916 percent save record.
The Sens fell prey to the unstoppable Panthers with a 3-2 loss on Thursday. They are 9-10-2 on the road which gives them half a chance of winning today. They come to DC straight from an overtime win in Boston.
Mike Hoffman is eighth in the league for overall goals (19). Keep an eye on right wing Bobby Ryan who just scored his 200th NHL goal. Defenseman Erik Karlsson has 43 points this season and leads the team as well as sits second in the league. There is a lot of buzz about him around the league; he had seven shots in the Boston game.
Injury Report and Team Scratches
Jay Beagle had hand surgery Sunday, according to the Washington Capitals and has been placed on the injured reserve list. Up to five more weeks before his return. He has missed five games.
Coach Trotz indicated in his press conference that Carlson and Oprik could begin skating at practice soon and the hope is that they will also be back in the game soon as well.
John Carlson is still day-to-day but could be activated to play at any time.
Brooks Orpik is on the Long-term Injured Reserve list for an undisclosed injury. He has missed 27 games and there is no timetable for his return.
Mike Richards while not an injury is not playing with the team yet. No date for his first game or if he will go to Hershey to get his feet moving again.
Marcus Johansson, who has been playing the third line center for the last several games, will sit out two games for an illegal head hit to New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey during the game on Thursday. He will be eligible to play January 14th against the Canucks at home.
More Milestones Coming:
Alex Ovechkin leads the team with 24 goals and is ONE away from 500 NHL career goals. He is fifth in the NHL.
Jason Chimera is four assists away from an NHL career 200 assists.
Braden Holtby, with 128 career games won is ONE win away from passing Don Beaupre (128) for second place on the Caps franchise list.
Michael Latta is two games away from a career 100 NHL/Capitals games played.
Sunday Morning Skate: 10:15 at Kettler Capitals IcePlex CANCELLED
Jan 12 Practice at Kettler at Capitals IcePlex 1030 am
Jan 13 Practice likely at Kettler Capitals IcePlex TBD
Jan 14 Preskate likely at 1015 at Kettler Capitals IcePlex
Jan 14 Vancouver at home 7 pm CSN SN360 and 106.7
Jan 15: Caps likely to have practice before departing for Buffalo
Photos by Brittney Marcum
New Start for Caps
The Washington Capitals ended their third winning streak this season as 2015 came to a close. Let us not lose faith though—it had to happen sooner or later. A nine-game streak is worth celebrating and it is not time to raise the panic flag yet.
The Caps have taken a bruising the past few games. Players have been on and off the injury list. Thankfully, only two are on the injured reserve and long-term injured reserve. Although we don’t know the full extent of Brooks Orpik or Jay Beagle’s injuries, we can hope that they are on the road to recovery and will join the team before too long.
Beagle is having surgery according to Coach Trotz and has been placed on the injured reserve list. No timetable for his return.
John Carlson could be back in a few days, according to comments from Coach.
Meanwhile, Trotz’s Boys are up in Columbus, Ohio taking a day to rest before they look to resume their winning posture.
On the Bright Side
Standings: The Caps are first in the Metropolitan Division. They are first in the Eastern Conference. They are a close (1 point) second in the NHL. They have a healthy lead in the division and conference.
Team: Coach Trotz has molded this team into just that: a team that plays well together and that supports one another. It isn’t a matter of one shining star but of many who step forward to share the responsibility for winning.
Alex Ovechkin leads the team with 21 goals and is four away from 500 NHL career goals. He is fifth in the NHL.
Braden Holtby leads the league in wins (24). His 1.86 goals against average is second in the league. He’s got this! And backing him up in the net is Philipp Grubauer who is a strong goaltender and someone in whom the coach has great confidence.
Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetzov are assist masters. Each has 22 assists and 11 goals. They are creating opportunities every shift for the top line to score while scoring themselves as well.
Justin Williams, T.J. Oshie, and Marcus Johansson round out the top six with a fighting drive to get to the net and score. Williams and Oshie have 24 points and MoJo has 22.
Jason Chimera has notched 10 goals this season making him part of the six with double-digit goals. Although Tom Wilson only has two goals in his column, there is no denying the presence he brings to ice and the way in which he excites the team and the crowds. The hole on this line clearly is Jay Beagle, yet the team managed to fill the gap with Michael Latta and Zach Sill. Sill seems to be a great fit for now, regardless of which line he plays.
Andre Burakovsky finally broke through and scored a goal during the game in Buffalo. The fourth line, with Brooks Laich and Michael Latta looked strong on Thursday—each with shots on goal that came close to getting around the net minder.
Defense: The loss of John Carlson could be seen on Thursday. Carlson brings something more to the game than just the 27 points he is carrying—he brings real leadership too. It is less clear what coach will do with the partnering of defensemen and the temporary replacement of Carlson on Saturday. They were not all that the team needed on Thursday and hopefully they will get back in the groove and hopefully Carly will return strong and healthy against Boston.
Bottom line: The Caps are still a strong team. They still want to win. The word most tossed around after the coach’s presser is “resilience.” They have a commitment not to lose two straight games and they have the desire to go for another winning streak. This is a team hungry to win and we can expect to see more good things in the days ahead.
Holtby, with 125 career games won is four games away from passing Don Beaupre (128) for second place on the Caps franchise list.
Sat Jan 2, 2016 Capitals Blue Jackets, 7:00 PM CSN-DC
Tue Jan 5, 2016 Capitals Bruins, 7:00 PM CSN-DC, TVAS
Thu Jan 7, 2016 Capitals Islanders, 7:00 PM CSN-DC, TVAS, SN360
Sat Jan 9, 2016 Capitals Rangers, 1:00 PM CSN-DC, SNE, SNO, SNP
Photos by Brittney Marcum
Caps-Sabres Pre-game, Practice photos, and Evander Kane (Updates in Red)
Photos by Brittney Marcum
The Capitals extended their winning streak to seven on Saturday night in Washington. After a tough practice at Kettler on Sunday they flew up to Buffalo to settle in before meeting the Sabres tonight. The Caps have won three of their last four games against the Sabres.
Things in Buffalo exploded late Sunday with news that left wing Evander Kane is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault. The team confirmed the allegations although no formal charges have been filed yet. As the investigation is in the early stages, it is likely that the team will be somewhat unsettled in the locker room. No word as we go to press, if Kane, who has eight goals and five assists in 25 games, will play tonight. It was reported this morning by multiple sources that Kane DID in fact participate in morning skate. (11 am) Kane issued a statement from the Sabres locker room saying he “has done nothing wrong.” As of now (12:30) he remains on the roster for tonight.
Line up appears to be the same. If Carlson is out (see below) Connor Carrick will step in.
The Caps are averaging 3.1 goals a game, second in the league.
Alex Ovechkin leads the team with 17 goals. He hasn’t lit the lamp in his last two games. He did take a puck to the forearm from Matt Niskanen but looked good skating on Sunday.
Nicklas Backstrom leads the team with 31 points and 21 assists.
John Carlson per Isabelle Khurshudyan (WashPost), did not skate at practice this morning. It is unclear if he will be in tonight. This would be his first game missed in over 400 games. He continues to rack up the assists and goals with 27 points this season. He is on track to reach or top his 2014 season high of 55 points. John took a maintenance day on Sunday and did not skate. Carlson is tied for fifth in the NHL in road assists (12) and Karl Alzner ranks tied for fifth in plus/minus (+11) on the road. (CapsToday)
Braden Holtby leads the league in wins (22) and goals against average (1.92) He is the only goalie in the league with 20 wins or more. Sabres’ goaltender Chad Johnson sits well below in 23rd place with 10 wins in 23 games.
Philip Grubauer in the seven games he has been in the net has four wins, two losses, and an OT loss. He should be strong in the net against the Sabres should Trotz give him the opportunity. A goalie has not been announced for tonight’s game at time of posting.
Brooks Laich and Andre Burkovsky haven’t scored a goal on the fourth line in a while, but along with Michael Latta they are shooting at every opportunity. Maybe they will break their goal drought tonight.
Alex Ovechkin is eight goals away from 500 NHL career goals.
Fight Potential: When it comes to major penalties for fighting, the Caps have 9 penalties compared to the Sabres’ six.
Practice Shots: Caps took practice at Kettler Iceplex on Saturday. Here are some great shots of the Trotz’ Smiling Boys.
Caps Practice at Kettler Ice Plex Tuesday 1230
Caps-Sabres at home. Game time 7pm on CSN-DC
Caps Morning Skate at Kettler Ice Plex Wednesday 1015
Caps-Hurricanes in Raleigh. Game time 7pm on CSN-DC
CSN’s Washington Capitals Emmy Award winning reporter, Jill Sorenson, met with the Fan Club on Saturday, November 21 to talk all things Caps before our game with the Colorado Avalanche. Jill talked about her journey from NBC sports anchor and reporter with George Michael at WRC-TV from 2000 to 2004 to WTTG-TV (Fox), before joining CSN in 2005. Today Jill leads CSN’s coverage for SportsNet Central and contributes to Capitals Pregame Live and Postgame Live coverage. She can often be seen near the Zamboni reporting before the game and has a reputation for some of the best interviews with players and coaches. She said she got her start reporting out in Minnesota, “where hockey is everything.”
Jill talked a bit about the impact of social media on reporting. She said for the beat reporters who are there every day, “twitter is very important” especially for breaking news. The challenge for her is to balance her responsibilities with CSN for SportsNet, other shows, and other sports coverage and making sure that fans get the information they want and need. She “gets a lot of her news from social media” too.
She spoke about how she got where she is today covering sports. She was an English and Spanish major in college because the college lacked a specific journalism program. Jill interned with a studio in Minneapolis and was advised by a sports producer that it didn’t matter what she majored in, just that she could communicate. She said she chose English as a major to sharpen her skills as a writer and the internships provided her with the experience she needed to advance in broadcasting. She was an athlete growing up and though she thought she would “be writing for Sports Illustrated or something” she interned with a news station and fell in love with it. Today she still loves writing and whenever the opportunity arises, she will write her own short pieces. Continue reading “Caps Fan Club Welcomes Jill Sorenson”
The Caps practiced at Kettler Iceplex this morning in preparation for their match with the Edmonton Oilers at 7 pm tonight. The line-up appears to be the same as that for their last game on Saturday:
Michael Latta (see photo above) was the only player working on faceoff drills. Given his 88 percent win on the faceoff last game, we can expect to see more of him in the faceoff spot tonight.
Looks like we caught coach explaining to Andre Burakovsky that he is going to get a little more time to “clear his head.”
Stanislav Galiev gets the nod again tonight–in for Burky.
T.J. Oshie is back in the lineup tonight–did we ever doubt he would be? After a maintenance day to recover from some hard hits Friday, Oshie was back on the ice at morning skate.
And then there is Nate Schmidt…does this guy ever not smile? Today we saw that behind that smile is a man with some power. Note the broken stick and his ever so sheepish look.
And lets not forget, today is Nicklas Backstrom’s 28th birthday. We wish him well and a night full of points!
Coming into the game tonight the Caps are 13-5-1 against the Oilers 7-12-1. Caps are 21-10-2 at home against the Oilers. This is the second and last meeting of the season for these two teams. Should be a fast-skating night to see if now that the Caps know they can score first if they have figured out how to win two in a row! Stay tuned for highlights later tonight.
What to Watch for Tonight:
John Carlson: One point away from passing Rod Langway’s record of 202 for eighth place in goals earned by a Cap’s defenseman.
Justin Williams: Three points to go to reach 600 career HNL points.