Capitals Insider: Defense


Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Capitals season review: Defensemen

A look at the Capitals’ blue-liners.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:16 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, connor carrick, Defense, Defensemen, Dmitry Orlov, Jack Hillen, John Carlson, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Mike Green, Nate Schmidt

Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 04/09/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-1 win in St. Louis

FIVE THOUGHTS | When most had counted the team out, Washington puts on its best performance in months.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:27 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Blues, Defense, Five thoughts, Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, playoff race

Posted at 07:55 AM ET, 04/04/2014

Rookie Connor Carrick expected back in Capitals’ lineup against Devils

After sitting out seven games as a healthy scratch, rookie defenseman Connor Carrick is expected to draw back into the lineup Friday.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:55 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Devils, connor carrick, Defense

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 04/01/2014

Capitals shuffle defense again; Grabovski at left wing against Stars

By Katie Carrera  |  12:46 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Stars, Defense, Dustin Penner, Injuries, Jack Hillen, Lineups, Mikhail Grabovski, Patrick Wey

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Connor Carrick out, Patrick Wey in for Capitals against Ducks

Notes from the morning skate at Honda Center.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:22 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Ducks, connor carrick, Defense, Lineups, Patrick Wey

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/09/2014

Capitals hope Olympics ‘energize’ John Carlson

It’s been a grueling season for the Caps’ defenseman but Coach Adam Oates isn’t worried about the Olympics having a negative impact.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Defense, John Carlson, Sochi 2014, U.S. Olympic men's hockey team, USA Hockey

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Capitals will have inexperienced defense against Jets

Washington’s third pairing against the Jets will have a combined one game of NHL experience.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:36 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Jets, Defense, Injuries, John Erskine, Julien Brouillette, Mike Green, Patrick Wey, Roster moves

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Capitals recall Connor Carrick

The rookie rejoins Washington after honing his game in Hershey and at the World Junior Championships.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:43 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  connor carrick, Defense, Hershey Bears, Roster moves

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Capitals place Alex Urbom on waivers

Washington makes space on its roster by waiving the seldom-used defenseman.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:50 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Urbom, Defense, Roster moves, waivers

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 12/26/2013

Capitals need a more consistent Mike Green

The first three months of the season have been inconsistent for the 28-year-old defenseman.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:05 AM ET, 12/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Mike Green

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 12/18/2013

Dmitry Orlov earning more responsibility with the Capitals

The defensive prospect’s game has improved but he still has work to do in his own end, coaches say.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:11 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Calle Johansson, Defense, Dmitry Orlov

Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 12/16/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 5-4 shootout win over the Flyers

Notes and observations from the Capitals win over the Flyers.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:35 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Flyers, Defense, Dmitry Orlov, Five thoughts, John Erskine, Mike Green, Mikhail Grabovski, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 12/12/2013

John Erskine nearing return to Capitals’ lineup

The veteran defenseman says he hopes to be back in the lineup at some point over the next week.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:39 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Defense, Injuries, John Erskine

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Dmitry Orlov moves into Capitals’ top four

The Capitals defenseman was paired with John Carlson most of Sunday’s game in New York and will hold the stop again against Tampa Bay.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:19 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Defense, Dmitry Orlov

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 12/08/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 5-2 win against Nashville

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ win over the Predators.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:43 PM ET, 12/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Preds, Defense, Dmitry Orlov, Five thoughts, Karl Alzner, Martin Erat, Patrick Wey

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 12/07/2013

Patrick Wey will make NHL debut against Predators; Braden Holtby to start

Notes from the Capitals’ morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:42 AM ET, 12/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Caps-Preds, Defense, Lineups, Patrick Wey

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 12/06/2013

Patrick Wey could make NHL debut this weekend

Oates on Patrick Wey and Steve Oleksy.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:56 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Defense, Patrick Wey, Steve Oleksy

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 11/26/2013

Why the Capitals keep recalling, but don’t play, Dmitry Orlov

According to a league source, Orlov can leave for the KHL on Jan. 1 if he hasn’t been on the active NHL roster for a total of 30 days.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:58 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Dmitry Orlov, Hershey Bears, KHL, Roster moves

Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 11/15/2013

John Carlson has found an offensive groove

Carlson has four goals in the past six games and all but two of Washington’s goals from defensemen this season.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:35 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Defense, John Carlson

Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 11/14/2013

George McPhee on Dmitry Orlov: ‘He’ll get his chance’

When will the defensive prospect appear in a game with the Capitals?

By Katie Carrera  |  07:05 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Dmitry Orlov, George McPhee, Hershey Bears, Roster moves

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 11/01/2013

Dmitry Orlov eager to show he belongs in NHL

The defensive prospect rejoins the team during preparations for the game at Philadelphia.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:46 AM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Flyers, Defense, Dmitry Orlov

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Involvement of defensemen key for Capitals’ offense

Defensemen don’t always need to score, but the blue-liners’ ability to keep an offensive play alive is critical.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:45 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Defense, John Carlson, Karl Alzner

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Capitals see results in more ‘aggressive’ defensive play

Mike Green saw some of the immediate improvements from the defensemen being more assertive in key areas of their zone.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:42 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Mike Green

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 10/17/2013

Capitals’ woes rooted in poor defensive play

The Capitals might not be creating much offense through the first seven games, but their problems begin in the defensive zone.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:44 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Rangers, Defense, Karl Alzner

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 10/12/2013

Nate Schmidt to make NHL debut against Avalanche

Nate Schmidt will become the third defensemen to play his first game with the Capitals this season.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:35 PM ET, 10/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Avs, Defense, Nate Schmidt, Steve Oleksy

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 10/08/2013

Alexander Urbom expected to make Capitals debut during homestand

After being picked up off waivers last week, Alexander Urbom should see some game time soon.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:17 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alexander Urbom, Defense

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 09/28/2013

Capitals place defenseman Tyson Strachan on waivers

Where does the defense stand now?

By Katie Carrera  |  04:48 PM ET, 09/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Preseason, Roster moves, Training Camp, Tyson Strachan

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 07/10/2013

Capitals re-sign Karl Alzner to four-year deal (Updated)

Washington re-signs defenseman Karl Alzner, 25, to a four-year, $11.2 million deal.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:54 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Karl Alzner, offseason, Restricted free agents

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Karl Alzner, John Carlson don't mind being separated

This is the first season in their NHL careers that Karl Alzner and John Carlson haven't been a consistent pairing but the young defensemen are faring quite well apart.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:43 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Defense, John Carlson, Karl Alzner

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 04/02/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Hurricanes

Discuss the game as the Capitals take on the Hurricanes and get caught up on all the moves that altered the defense today.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:58 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Defense, Dmitry Orlov, John Erskine, Open Thread, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 03/26/2013

Adam Oates's 'Ray Bourque' rule for Mike Green

Coach Adam Oates wants Mike Green, and all the Capitals defensemen for that matter, to be involved in the play offensively. But he doesn't want them below the top of the faceoff circles. It's a strategy he picked up from his time as a teammate of Hall of Famer Ray Bourque.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:52 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Defense, Mike Green

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 03/18/2013

Capitals recall Dmitry Orlov

With Tom Poti the latest defenseman forced to leave a game with an injury the Capitals have recalled Dmitry Orlov.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:24 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Dmitry Orlov, Roster moves

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 03/15/2013

Aaron Volpatti to take turn as top-line left wing

Notes from the Capitals practice at Boston University's Agganis Arena on Friday.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:19 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Volpatti, Defense, Optional practice, Practice update, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 12:06 AM ET, 03/15/2013

Tomas Kundratek suffers apparent leg injury in win over Carolina

Defenseman Tomas Kundratek won't travel with the team to Boston after suffering an apparent injury to his right leg in the first period of Washington's 3-2 win over the Hurricanes.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:06 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Canes, Defense, Injuries, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 12:40 AM ET, 03/13/2013

Hurricanes take advantage of Washington's injury-plagued defense

Carolina takes advantage of beat up Caps

By Katie Carrera  |  12:40 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Canes, Defense, Jeff Schultz

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Capitals recall Cameron Schilling; John Erskine and Tom Poti out against Hurricanes

The Capitals have recalled defenseman Cam Schilling and it looks like he will play tonight against the Hurricanes.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:39 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cam Schilling, Caps-Canes, Defense, Injuries, John Erskine, Line combinations, Tom Poti

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 03/11/2013

What John Erskine's absence means for the Capitals

It's uncertain how much time John Erskine will miss but his absence certainly will leave a large role for the Capitals to fill.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:11 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, John Erskine, Steve Oleksy

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Capitals assign Cam Schilling to Hershey

Long shot bid for a roster spot ends for now.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:53 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cam Schilling, Capitals, Caps roster, Defense, Training Camp