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Capitals Insider: April, 2011

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 04/02/2011

Open thread: Capitals vs. Sabres

Chat as Washington’s game against Buffalo at Verizon Center.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  05:30 PM ET, 04/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 03/31/2011

Open thread: Capitals vs. Blue Jackets

Chat as Washington hosts Columbus at Verizon Center.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  05:00 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 03/31/2011

Boudreau on home stretch of regular season: ‘All of these games are important to us’

Coach Bruce Boudreau says the Capitals look to get back to playing as best as possible in final five games.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:43 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Capitals prepare to adjust without Dennis Wideman

A possible absence by Dennis Wideman will force adjustments on the man advantage.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:22 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Dennis Wideman’s status uncertain against Blue Jackets

Capitals defenseman is officially listed as day to day with a lower-body injury.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:37 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 03/30/2011

Dennis Wideman not participating in Capitals’ practice

After leaving Tuesday’s contest with an apparent lower-body injury, Dennis Wideman is not skating at KCI.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:27 AM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 03/30/2011

Capitals get early taste of postseason atmosphere

Desperate Carolina deals Washington 3-2 shootout loss in hard-hitting game.

By Gene Wang  |  09:16 AM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 03/30/2011

Alex Ovechkin comes out hitting in first game back

Left wing comes out hitting, but timing still needs some work.

By Gene Wang  |  12:01 AM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals Insider

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 03/29/2011

Open thread: Capitals vs. Hurricanes

Chat as Washington hosts Carolina, which is fighting for a playoff spot.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  05:00 PM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 03/29/2011

Capitals’ line combinations for tonight remain unclear

By Gene Wang  |  02:04 PM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 03/29/2011

Line Change: Is it too soon for Alex Ovechkin, Jason Arnott to return from injuries?

Are the Capitals rushing two of their top forwards back into the lineup too quickly?

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  01:23 PM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 03/29/2011

Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin, Jason Arnott say they’re ready to play tonight

Both players participate in the morning skate in advance of the Capitals’ first home game in more than two weeks.

By Gene Wang  |  11:45 AM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 03/29/2011

On Hockey: Nicklas Backstrom moves past slump just in time for playoffs

Center Nicklas Backstrom is back to making an impact on offense after a season in which he hasn’t quite looked like himself.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  09:30 AM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 03/29/2011

Quote of the day from Bruce Boudreau

Coach Bruce Boudreau on the goaltending situation.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:13 AM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Jason Arnott could return to Capitals’ lineup this week

Veteran center took part in a full practice for the first time since suffering injury, said a return by the end of the week is realistic.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:03 PM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Mike Green: ‘There’s no way to tell’ about return to Caps’ lineup

Mike Green skates for 25 minutes, says “there’s no way to tell” when he’ll be back.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:02 PM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Alex Ovechkin: ‘I think I’m ready to go’

The Capitals captain says he feels “good” but he’s not sure if he would be in the lineup Tuesday against Carolina.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:14 PM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 03/28/2011

Alex Ovechkin and Jason Arnott participating in Capitals’ practice

Mike Green also skates briefly in full pads but leaves the ice after about 25 minutes.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:41 AM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:22 AM ET, 03/28/2011

Boudreau sums up the Capitals’ defensive mindset: ‘Now they get upset when they get scored on’

Coach Bruce Boudreau is often asked about how he managed to get the Capitals to focus more on defense, after the win in Montreal he pinpointed the root of the change in attitude.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:22 AM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 03/27/2011

Submit questions for Jay Beagle, Dennis Wideman and Marcus Johansson

Get to know Capitals forwards Jay Beagle and Marcus Johansson and defenseman Dennis Wideman by submitting questions for our “Ask the Caps” video series.

By  |  01:39 PM ET, 03/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 03/27/2011

Submit questions for Jay Beagle, Dennis Wideman and Marcus Johansson

Get to know Jay Beagle, Marcus Johansson and Dennis Wideman by submitting questions for our “Ask the Caps” video series.

By Washington Post editors  |  01:31 PM ET, 03/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 03/27/2011

Marco Sturm breaks through, tallies first goal as a Capital

It’s been slow going for the vet­eran forward since he joined Washington, but Sturm tallied his first goal as a Capital Saturday.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:02 PM ET, 03/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 03/27/2011

Holtby reassigned to Hershey

A day after recording his second NHL shutout, rookie goaltender Braden Holtby is reassigned to Hershey.

By Washington Post editors  |  11:59 AM ET, 03/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 03/27/2011

Boudreau tweaks Capitals’ lines to move strength to the middle

By putting Brooks Laich back at center, Coach Bruce Boudreau aimed to solidify his team up the middle.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:52 AM ET, 03/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 AM ET, 03/27/2011

Capitals, Braden Holtby shut out Canadiens, 2-0

Braden Holtby notches his second career NHL shuout as Washington claims its 14th victory in 17 games.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:06 AM ET, 03/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals Insider

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 03/26/2011

Open thread: Capitals at Canadiens

Call-up Braden Holtby is set to start for Washington tonight at Bell Centre.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  05:30 PM ET, 03/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 03/26/2011

Braden Holtby ready for another appearance on Hockey Night in Canada

Braden Holtby will make his second appearance against the Canadiens in 12 days on Saturday.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:22 PM ET, 03/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 03/26/2011

Braden Holtby to start against Canadiens

With Michal Neuvirth sick and Semyon Varlamov returning to game action for the first time in a month, call-up Braden Holtby will get the start tonight in Montreal.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:21 PM ET, 03/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 03/26/2011

Capitals recall Braden Holtby

The move likely means that Michal Neuvirth, who fell ill Friday, is not well enough to serve as backup tonight in Montreal.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:49 AM ET, 03/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 AM ET, 03/26/2011

Capitals suffer 10th shutout of the season, fall 2-0 to Senators

Questionable calls by officials are not the ‘definitive’ reason the Capitals lost, according to Coach Bruce Boudreau.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:27 AM ET, 03/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 03/25/2011

Open thread: Capitals at Senators

Michal Neuvirth fell ill so Semyon Varlamov is between the pipes tonight when Washington faces Ottawa at Scotiabank Place.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  05:30 PM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 03/25/2011

Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin, Jason Arnott expected to practice Monday

The Capitals expect Alex Ovechkin and Jason Arnott to practice on Monday.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:34 PM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 03/25/2011

Semyon Varlamov says he’s 100 percent healthy

The Russian is expected to be in net Saturday, which would mark his first start since suffering a knee injury back on Feb. 26.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:30 PM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 03/25/2011

Quick notes from Caps’ skate in Ottawa

Michal Neuvirth is the first goaltender off the ice this morning at Scotiabank Place and he should be the starter tonight against the Senators.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:41 PM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 03/25/2011

Capitals pay attention to detail in final stretch

With eight games left in the regular season and a playoff berth sewn up, the Capitals have turned their attention to the details of their game once again.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:44 AM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 03/24/2011

Marcus Johansson ready to play despite taking puck to the mouth in practice

Marcus Johansson leaves practice after getting hit in the mouth by a puck, but Coach Bruce Boudreau says the rookie center would be fine for tomorrow’s game in Ottawa.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:17 PM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 03/24/2011

Capitals expect to know Monday if Mike Green will return before playoffs

Coach Bruce Boudreau says the Capitals should know by Monday if Mike Green will be able to return from a concussion before the end of the regular season.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:41 PM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 03/24/2011

Alex Ovechkin, Jason Arnott skate before Capitals’ practice

Alex Ovechkin and Jason Arnott went through a brisk workout prior to regular practice at KCI.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:54 AM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:14 AM ET, 03/24/2011

Capitals may tackle playoff goaltending by committee

Coach Bruce Boudreau says Washington may use more than one goaltender throughout the course of the playoffs.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:14 AM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Boudreau vs. McPhee: Who deserves more credit for Capitals’ turnaround?

The Post Sports Live crew debates who deserves the majority of the credit for the Capitals’ late-season success -- Bruce Boudreau or George McPhee.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  04:06 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Capitals center Jason Arnott: Injury was ‘building up for awhile’

The vet­eran center said he has suffered the injury that forced him out of the lineup before.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:04 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Line change: Would you buy standing-room only Capitals tickets?

Would you pay $2,550 for standing-room only Capitals season tickets?

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  02:20 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Alex Ovechkin discusses his injury, decision to rest for playoffs

The Capitals’ captain says he hopes to return from an undisclosed injury in “maybe like five to seven days.”

By Katie Carrera  |  12:41 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 03/23/2011

Nicklas Backstrom helps fuel Capitals’ fast start against Flyers

Washington carried a two-goal lead into the second period for only the third time this season.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:32 AM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 AM ET, 03/23/2011

Mike Knuble reaches 20-goal plateau in Capitals’ 5-4 shootout win over Flyers

Mike Knuble leads all scorers with three points and reaches the 20-goal plateau for the eighth consecutive season in Washington’s 5-4 shootout win over the Flyers.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:15 AM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 03/22/2011

Open thread: Capitals at Flyers

Michal Neuvirth was in net tonight as the Capitals look to clinch a playoff spot with a victory against Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  05:00 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 03/22/2011

HBO’s ‘24/7’ series on Capitals, Penguins earns three Sports Emmy nominations

HBO’s reality series that followed the Capitals and Penguins leading up to the Winter Classic has been nominated for three Sports Emmy awards.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  03:10 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 03/22/2011

Capitals players support Matt Cooke suspension

Washington players discuss the Pittsburgh agitator’s suspension of 10 games and the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:33 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 03/22/2011

Flyers present a ‘good challenge’ for Capitals

Washington can use tonight’s game against the first-place Flyers as a measuring stick heading into the postseason.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:54 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 03/22/2011

Line change: Concerned about Caps’ chemistry?

Will the late-season injuries to several of the Capitals’ key players make it difficult to get a rhythm going into the playoffs?

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  01:11 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 03/22/2011

Eric Fehr could return tonight vs. Flyers

The right wing skated on the fourth line this morning and said he feels good.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:36 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 03/22/2011

Capitals hope depth will help them adjust without Alex Ovechkin

With injuries and illnesses knocking out several Capitals for multiple games -- most recently, Alex Ovechkin -- it’s up to everyone in the lineup to pick up the slack.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:22 AM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 03/22/2011

Capitals looking forward to facing Philadelphia

With a win over the Flyers or a loss by the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, Washington can clinch a playoff berth.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:18 AM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 03/21/2011

On Hockey: Caps should keep Alex Ovechkin out as long as it takes to get ‘Old Ovi’ back for playoffs

The important thing for the Capitals right now is that Alex Ovechkin gets as close to one hundred percent as possible in time for the playoffs.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  06:04 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 03/21/2011

NHL suspends Matt Cooke through first round of playoffs

The NHL suspends Penguins winger Matt Cooke for the rest of the regular season and first round of the playoffs for his hit Sunday on Rangers forward Ryan McDonagh.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  05:38 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 03/21/2011

Statistical analysis: If healthy, Semyon Varlamov gives Capitals the best chance

Neil Greenberg looks at the numbers to see which netminder gives the Capitals the best chance in the playoffs.

By Neil Greenberg  |  03:22 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 03/21/2011

Sources: Capitals center Jason Arnott has groin injury

Veteran center Jason Arnott, who has missed the last three games, skated gingerly Monday at KCI.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:07 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 03/21/2011

Bruce Boudreau: Injured Alex Ovechkin ‘just sore,’ but likely wouldn’t play if it were playoffs

Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau says Alex Ovechkin will sit out 7-10 days because of a nagging injury so he’ll be ready in time for the playoffs.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:36 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 03/21/2011

Alex Ovechkin out 7-10 days with undisclosed injury

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin won’t travel to Philadelphia for Tuesday’s game against the Flyers because of an undisclosed injury.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:46 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 03/21/2011

Jason Arnott skates briefly before Capitals’ practice

Veteran center Jason Arnott was on the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, skating laps rather ginergly for about 10 minutes in warmup gear prior to the start of practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:55 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 03/21/2011

Morning roundup: How should Matt Cooke be disciplined?

It would be the Penguins forward’s fourth suspension in three seasons.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  09:15 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 03/20/2011

Capitals get a much welcomed day to rest

The Capitals are taking Sunday off in the middle of a three-day interlude between games, a well-timed break.

By Gene Wang  |  09:24 AM ET, 03/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 03/19/2011

Right wing Garrett Mitchell signs with Capitals

Free agent to report to Hershey after playing final game of season with Regina Pats in WHL.

By Gene Wang  |  01:54 PM ET, 03/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 03/19/2011

Semyon Varlamov participates in practice

Goalie’s return is immiment after rookie backup Braden Holtby is reassigned to Hershey.

By Gene Wang  |  12:58 PM ET, 03/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 AM ET, 03/19/2011

Capitals make the most of few offensive chances, defeat Devils, 3-0

Coach Bruce Boudreau and the Capitals happily accept their 3-0 win over New Jersey despite just 12 shots.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:07 AM ET, 03/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 03/18/2011

Open thread: Capitals at Devils

Chat about Washington’s game against New Jersey.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  05:30 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 03/18/2011

Capitals could clinch a playoff berth with win against New Jersey

Washington would have to defeat the Devils, and the Hurricanes would have to lose in regulation to the Islanders.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:02 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 03/18/2011

Michal Neuvirth to start against Devils

Coach Bruce Boudreau said Michal Neuvirth will make his second consecutive start.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:12 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 03/18/2011

Nicklas Backstrom: ‘I think I’ll play tonight’

“I think I’ll play tonight. If I play, I know I’m 100 percent.”

By Katie Carrera  |  12:55 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 03/18/2011

George McPhee: Alex Ovechkin ‘was not himself earlier this year but he certainly is now’

Capitals general manager asked in radio interview what to make of Alex Ovechkin’s up-and-down season.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:32 AM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals Insider

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/17/2011

Line change: Is it a ‘Stanley Cup or bust’ year for the Caps?

Do you agree with Capitals owner Ted Leonsis that it’s not a ‘Stanley Cup or bust’ season?

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 03/17/2011

Leonsis: Trade deadline energized the Capitals

Team owner likes the aquisitions of Arnott, Wideman and Sturm. And he likes them even more because GM George McPhee did not have to part with top prospects.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:44 AM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 03/17/2011

Quote of the night from Capitals’ loss to Red Wings

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  09:07 AM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 AM ET, 03/17/2011

Red Wings snap Capitals’ streak with 3-2 victory

By Katie Carrera  |  01:32 AM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Open thread: Capitals at Red Wings

Michal Neuvirth is back in net tonight for Washington, which seeks a 10th straight victory.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  05:30 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Bruce Boudreau: Upcoming six, seven games will determine starting goaltender for the playoffs

Coach Bruce Boudreau says he hasn’t picked a goaltender to get the nod in the playoffs yet.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:12 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Red Wings’ Kris Draper: Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin is a ‘bull’

The Capitals’ captain “brings a lot of energy and love to the game,” Red Wings forward Kris Draper says.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  02:26 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Ted Leonsis: It’s not ‘Stanley Cup or bust’ this year for Capitals

The Capitals owner says he isn’t worried if Washington doesn’t win it all this season, but another first-round loss would be a failure.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:44 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Line change: Should Michal Neuvirth be the playoff starter?

Who should Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau name as the No. 1 netminder?

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  12:27 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 03/16/2011

Capitals find their third-period footing

Over the course of their nine-game winning streak, the Capitals have become quite a formidable foe in the final frame.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:10 AM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 03/16/2011

Brooks Laich likes the Bell Centre

I really like to play in this building.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:26 AM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:12 AM ET, 03/16/2011

Capitals claim ninth straight win with 4-2 victory over Canadiens

Braden Holtby makes 24 saves against Montreal for his fifth straight win.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:12 AM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Open thread: Capitals at Canadiens

Washington looks for a ninth straight victory as it opens a six-game road trip tonight in Montreal.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  05:15 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Line change: Which injured player do the Capitals need back the most?

Which injured player’s absence is hurting Washington the most?

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  02:48 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Nicklas Backstrom remains day-to-day with thumb injury

The Capitals’ top center took shots and tested his left hand and thumb now that the cast has been removed.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:07 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Jason Arnott’s injury leaves Capitals looking to fill leadership void

With new vocal leader Jason Arnott injured and listed as week-to-week, Matt Hendricks says the Capitals are “missing an important part of our puzzle.”

By Katie Carrera  |  01:14 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 03/15/2011

Capitals’ Jason Arnott to miss at least three games

The injured center did not travel with the team to Montreal and is listed as week-to-week.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:25 AM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 03/15/2011

Statistical analysis: How good is the Capitals’ goaltending trio?

Neil Greenberg says it’s just too soon to tell how Washington’s three young netminders stack up against the competition.

By Neil Greenberg  |  10:34 AM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 03/15/2011

Capitals’ Jason Arnott listed as week-to-week with undisclosed injury

The vet­eran center is listed as week-to-week with an undisclosed injury.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:30 AM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 03/15/2011

NHL revises concussion protocol

No issue in the NHL is more prominent at the general managers meetings than player safety.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:16 AM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 03/14/2011

Mike Knuble: These Capitals are ‘not just kids anymore’

With 12 games remaining, there is greater sense on this team of accountability and commitment to defensively-sound hockey.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:35 PM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 03/14/2011

On Hockey: It’s time for the Capitals to commit to Michal Neuvirth

It's time to boost Michal Neuvirth’s confidence and hand him the starting goaltender job.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  03:19 PM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 03/14/2011

Braden Holtby named NHL’s first star of the week

The rookie goaltender made 110 saves in four games to earn the NHL’s top weekly honor.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:08 PM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 03/14/2011

Line change: Who do you want the Capitals to face in the first round of the playoffs?

Which team do you want the Capitals to face in the postseason?

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  12:34 PM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 03/14/2011

Boyd Gordon’s unsung contributions key for Capitals

The longest-tenured Capital’s third goal of the season helped shift momentum against Chicago en route to Washington’s 4-3 overtime win.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:38 AM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 03/14/2011

Capitals’ defense continues to advance

In the 38 contests since a 7-0 loss to the Rangers on Dec. 12, the Caps have allowed an average of just 2.07 goals against per game.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:08 AM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:20 PM ET, 03/13/2011

We’ve moved: New URL and RSS feed

As part of the Washington Post's sitewide redesign that launched today, we've changed locations.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  08:20 PM ET, 03/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 03/13/2011

Capitals beat Blackhawks in OT for eighth straight win

Washington’s eight-game streak can be attributed to its success at bringing the play down low in the offensive zone.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:42 PM ET, 03/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 03/13/2011

Lineup: Capitals vs. Blackhawks

Based on warmups, here’s what Washington’s lineup should look like against Chicago...

By Katie Carrera  |  12:05 PM ET, 03/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lineups

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 03/13/2011

Bruce Boudreau running with the hot hand in Braden Holtby

The Saskatchewan native has stopped 83 of 84 shots over three games this week, will make his fourth appearance in seven days against Blackhawks.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:55 AM ET, 03/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:38 PM ET, 03/12/2011

Braden Holtby on being a puck-handling goalie

The 21-year-old goalie doesn’t doubt his ability to handle the puck in his team's zone, but he knows he doesn't have much experience doing it in the NHL.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:38 PM ET, 03/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 03/12/2011

Marcus Johansson steps up with Nicklas Backstrom sidelined

Over the past month or so, Marcus Johansson’s increased comfort level with everything -- the Capitals, the NHL, North America -- has been readily apparent on the ice.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:25 PM ET, 03/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 03/12/2011

Mike Green taking his recovery slowly, no timetable for Nicklas Backstrom’s return

Green taking his recovery slow, Backstrom says there’s no timetable for his return and Holtby gets the start against Chicago on Sunday.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:27 PM ET, 03/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 03/12/2011

Capitals’ lines remain the same at Saturday practice

Entire roster present for practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:15 AM ET, 03/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 03/12/2011

Alex Ovechkin’s point streak continues in Capitals’ win over Carolina

Ovechkin is one game away from tying his season-longest point streak of eight consective games.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:10 AM ET, 03/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 AM ET, 03/12/2011

Matt Hendricks scores the deciding goal as Capitals win seventh straight

The Capitals’ fourth liner snapped a 17-game goal-scoring drought.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:32 AM ET, 03/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 03/11/2011

Open thread: Capitals vs. Hurricanes

Join conversation from the Capitals 2-1 win over the Hurricanes Friday night.

By Washington Post editors  |  05:00 PM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 03/11/2011

Braden Holtby on reacting to unfamiliar shooters and rinks in the NHL

Braden Holtby relies on instinct and reaction to guide him without the benefit of familiarity with many of the shooters he’s facing or the rinks that he’s playing in.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:07 PM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 03/11/2011

Bruce Boudreau says the next eight games are a ‘great test’ for Capitals

Over the course of the next eight games, which include six on the road after home tilts tonight and Sunday afternoon, the Capitals will face six teams either currently in the playoff picture or very close to get in.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:11 PM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 03/11/2011

Line change: the NHL's response to Zdeno Chara

What do fans make of the NHL’s response to Zdeno Chara’s hit against Max Pacioretty in Montreal? Was it appropriate or too lenient?

By Washington Post Sports  |  11:44 AM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/11/2011

Braden Holtby to start against Hurricanes

Braden Holtby will make his ninth NHL start against Carolina Friday.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/11/2011

Capitals’ goalie surplus means tough choices

Braden Holtby is the latest to join the race against Semyon Varlamov, Michal Neuvirth to be No. 1 starter.

By Gene Wang  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 03/09/2011

Eric Fehr returns to Capitals lineup against Oilers after 22-game absence

Eric Fehr will be back in the lineup for the first time since he suffered a dislocated right shoulder in mid-January.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:00 PM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 03/09/2011

Braden Holtby to start against Oilers

Braden Holtby will make his eighth start of the season for the Capitals against Edmonton at Verizon Center. Michal Neuvirth will serve as the back-up.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:14 PM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 03/09/2011

Nicklas Backstrom to miss game against Oilers with thumb injury

"We just want to protect his thumb," Boudreau said.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:43 AM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 03/09/2011

Capitals hope to avoid emotional let-down against the Oilers

Facing an unfamiliar opponent in Edmonton, Wednesday night may serve as a good test of the Capitals’ ability to show a commitment to their style and game plan regardless of the foe.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:01 AM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:35 AM ET, 03/09/2011

Marcus Johansson to center top line with Nicklas Backstrom out

With Nicklas Backstrom out with a fractured thumb, Capitals’ rookie Marcus Johansson gets an opportunity to center the top line and Alex Ovechkin.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:35 AM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  229.23

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 03/08/2011

Optional practice for the Capitals after back-to-back wins

A few Caps take the ice for practice after victories in Florida.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:22 PM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 03/08/2011

Line change: the value of Mike Green?

The two-time Norris Trophy finalist is recovering from what appears to be a concussion. Can the Caps with the Cup without himi?

By Washington Post Sports  |  12:15 PM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/08/2011

Bruce Boudreau says Capitals aren’t dwelling on first place

Head coach says Capitals should heed the lesson of last year, when they finished first but were ousted from the playoffs early

By Katie Carrera  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 03/08/2011

Quote of the night from the Capitals’ win over Tampa Bay

“All I could really see was he had a wide open net and missed it,” Holtby said.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:40 AM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:21 AM ET, 03/08/2011

Capitals injury update after 2-1 shootout win over Lightning

By Katie Carrera  |  12:21 AM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 03/07/2011

Capitals vs. Lightning: no love lost between teams

It’s to be expected when two teams are doing well and both pursue the same goals, but when asked about the crescendo of emotion in these games Coach Bruce Boudreau went as far as to call it hate.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:28 AM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 03/07/2011

Mike Green skates in Tampa but there’s no timetable for his return

The Capitals’ defenseman skated for the first time since being hit in the head on Feb. 25 but Green remains sidelined indefinitely with what is believed to be a concussion.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:47 AM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 PM ET, 03/06/2011

Notes from the Capitals’ morning skate in Tampa

Washington held a rather sparsely attended morning skate at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, but that’s to be expected on the second day of back-to-back games.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:03 PM ET, 03/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 03/06/2011

Open thread: Capitals at Panthers

DISCUSS: In the first of back-to-back contests against familiar foes, the Capitals face off against the Panthers hoping to improve their division standing.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  05:11 PM ET, 03/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 03/06/2011

Quick notes from Capitals’ practice

A few quick notes from the Saveology Iceplex in Coral Springs, Fla., where the Capitals are still working through a lengthy practice session:

By Katie Carrera  |  02:04 PM ET, 03/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 03/06/2011

Capitals adjust in the faceoff circle without David Steckel

When General Manager George McPhee traded away David Steckel on Feb. 28 as part of the deal that brought Jason Arnott to Washington it was a move that took the best face-off man in the NHL off of the Capitals’ roster.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:15 AM ET, 03/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 03/06/2011

Capitals excel when receiving contributions from defensemen

After the Capitals’ 3-2 win over the Blues Thursday, it was discovered that Scott Hannan’s goal was the first by a Washington blue liner since John Carlson scored on Jan. 16 against Ottawa 18 games earlier.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:32 AM ET, 03/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 03/05/2011

Bruce Boudreau wants to make sure the Capitals don’t overlook the Panthers

By all accounts this set of back-to-back games against familiar Southeast Division foes Florida (on Sunday) and Tampa Bay (on Monday) is important for the Capitals. They will be playing for a valuable four points that, if obtained, could allow them to regain the top spot in the division. Wins against the Panthers and Lightning would also give the Capitals their longest winning streak since a six-game stretch that concluded on Nov. 11.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:07 AM ET, 03/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 03/04/2011

Capitals pin power-play hopes on Dennis Wideman

Coach Bruce Boudreau says newly-acquired defenseman Dennis Wideman could make a major impact on the struggling power-play as it gets more opportunities.

By Greg Schimmel  |  10:16 AM ET, 03/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 03/04/2011

Capitals' speedy third line looks promising

Jason Chimera, Marcus Johansson and Marco Sturm make up the so-called "Wheels Line," and all three have tremendous speed that could make for a fun line to watch if it remains intact down the stretch.

By Greg Schimmel  |  08:57 AM ET, 03/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:22 AM ET, 03/04/2011

Caps goalie Semyon Varlamov expected to miss 7 to 10 days

Coach Bruce Boudreau says goalie Semyon Varlamov will be out an additional seven to 10 days and will not be traveling to Florida.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:22 AM ET, 03/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:11 AM ET, 03/04/2011

Quick notes from a lightly-attended Capitals practice

More than half of the Capitals' regulars opt to take the morning off before the team's trip to Florida.

By Greg Schimmel  |  06:11 AM ET, 03/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:26 AM ET, 03/04/2011

McPhee says Dennis Wideman trade was 'out of the blue'

Capitals General Manager George McPhee said he wasn't planning on acquiring defenseman Dennis Wideman, but he jumped at the opportunity when it arose at the trade deadline.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  05:26 AM ET, 03/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 AM ET, 03/04/2011

Note of the night from the Capitals' win against St. Louis

Washington's 3-2 victory against the Blues marks its 18th win decided by one goal this season.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:30 AM ET, 03/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 PM ET, 03/03/2011

Jason Arnott's first goal with Capitals clinches a 3-2 victory over Blues

Game-winning goal scorer Jason Arnott appears to be fitting well with second-line staples Brooks Laich and Alexander Semin -- through two games, anyway.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:46 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich, Jason Arnott

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 03/03/2011

Capitals’ Michal Neuvirth displays resilience in net

One of the biggest determining factors in which goaltender will start in net for the Capitals this season has been the health of any particular netminder at any given moment. The seemingly constant stream of injuries in goal has been well documented, and the latest setback came when Semyon Varlamov suffered a knee injury just before he was scheduled to start on Long Island this weekend.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:25 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals Insider

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 03/03/2011

Capitals' Michal Neuvirth displays resilience in net

(Getty Images) One of the biggest determining factors in which goaltender will start in net for the Capitals this season has been the health of any particular netminder at any given moment. The seemingly constant stream of injuries in goal has been well documented, and the latest setback came when...

By Katie Carrera  |  01:34 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Michal Neuvirth

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 03/03/2011

Line change: Have the Capitals turned a corner?

After the Capitals' 2-1 overtime victory over the Islanders on Tuesday, forward Brooks Laich -- who scored the tying goal -- said he felt Washington was moving in the right direction. "To come back and get the point and then get the win is big," Laich said Tuesday night. "The...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  12:49 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 03/03/2011

Line change: Have the Capitals turned a corner?

After the Capitals' win Tuesday, forward Brooks Laich said he felt Washington was moving in the right direction. Is he right?

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  12:49 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Capitals face Blues in search of first consecutive home wins since November

The Capitals received a little help in the standings last night thanks to New Jersey's 2-1 win over Tampa Bay, which prohibited the Lightning from adding to its lead as the Southeast Division leader. If Washington were to build off of its late rally against the Islanders and win three...

By Katie Carrera  |  11:54 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Braden Holtby, Marco Sturm, Semyon Varlamov, Todd Ford, Tom Poti

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Capitals face Blues in search of first consecutive home wins since November

Washington hosts the Blues tonight in search of consecutive victories at home for the first time since late November.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:54 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Capitals recall Braden Holtby

Washington recalled goaltender Braden Holtby from Hershey and he is on the ice with the Capitals this morning. Michal Neuvirth is also out on the ice for the morning skate and he is expected to get the start against the Blues at Verizon Center. Semyon Varlamov is day-to-day with a...

By Katie Carrera  |  10:16 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Braden Holtby, Michal Neuvirth

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Capitals recall Braden Holtby

Washington recalls goaltender Braden Holtby from Hershey on Thursday morning ahead of the Capitals’ game against the Blues.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:16 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:58 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Statistical analysis: Brooks Laich, chemist

Many remarked about how much chemistry there seemed to be Tuesday night between Brooks Laich and Jason Arnott in so little time, but they really shouldn't be surprised: Laich has been improving the play of his teammates all season. At even strength, the Caps see improved play across the board...

By Neil Greenberg  |  07:58 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Brooks Laich, Statistical analysis

Posted at 07:34 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Statistical analysis: Brooks Laich, chemist

The Capitals forward has been improving the play of his teammates all season, writes Neil Greenberg.

By Neil Greenberg  |  07:34 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Nicklas Backstrom continues to play through thumb injury

It's been more than a week since Nicklas Backstrom fractured his thumb after getting slashed against the Penguins, and while the center hasn't missed any games, he hasn't looked 100 percent himself, either. Asked after practice Wednesday about how the thumb has hindered him, the 23-year-old Swede didn't say much....

By Greg Schimmel  |  03:32 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Injuries, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Statistical analysis: A closer look at Dennis Wideman's plus-minus rating

In an effort to provide the team some insurance against a prolonged absence of Tom Poti and Mike Green, the Caps acquired Dennis Wideman from Florida for a third-round pick in 2011 and a prospect. Wideman is a puck-moving defensemen who can clearly help on Washington's ailing power play, but...

By Neil Greenberg  |  02:49 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Dennis Wideman, Statistical analysis

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Capitals sign Dmitry Orlov to entry-level deal

Capitals defensive prospect Dmitry Orlov has signed a three year, entry-level contract that begins next season, a team spokesman said. The signing was first reported by Renaud Lavoie of RDS. The contract is worth $2.1 million, according to capgeek.com. Orlov, who joined the AHL's Hershey Bears last week on a...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  02:03 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Dmitry Orlov

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Eric Fehr optimistic about return from shoulder injury

A cheerful Eric Fehr said he felt a lot better during practice Wednesday, and the winger added that he is hopefully getting close to returning from the shoulder injury that has kept him out of the lineup since Jan. 14. Fehr said earlier this week that he is trying to...

By Greg Schimmel  |  01:24 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eric Fehr, Injuries

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Boudreau: Mike Green will meet Capitals in Florida

Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau said Mike Green is still in Calgary with his family and the funeral for the defenseman's grandmother is scheduled for Thursday. Green will head straight to Florida and catch up with the team there over the weekend for the fathers' road trip, Boudreau said. "There was...

By Greg Schimmel  |  12:58 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Mike Green, Semyon Varlamov

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 03/02/2011

Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov both not at Capitals' practice; Todd Ford facing shots

Todd Ford is the only goaltender on the ice for this morning's practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. A team spokesman said Michal Neuvirth is "taking a day off", and also said Semyon Varlamov will not practice today. Varlamov suffered what is believed to be a knee injury over the weekend,...

By Greg Schimmel  |  11:11 AM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov, Todd Ford

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 03/02/2011

Ovechkin's 'vintage' goal clinches a two-point night for Capitals

(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) In recent weeks, Alex Ovechkin has looked like his old self. He's skated with power, driving through opposing forwards and defenders alike, not allowing anything to prohibit him from attacking the net and taking as many shots on net as space will allow. For the...

By Katie Carrera  |  10:13 AM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 03/02/2011

Quote of the night from Jason Arnott: 'I can't hold anything back'

Jason Arnott knows that part of the reason the Capitals wanted to trade for him was to add another experienced leader into the dressing room. He's won a Stanley Cup, been an NHL captain, played over 1,000 regular season games, and even though he is the new guy in the...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:32 AM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jason Arnott, Morning Roundup

Posted at 01:32 AM ET, 03/02/2011

Capitals rally for a 2-1 overtime win over Islanders in new players' debuts

Perhaps everyone was paying a little extra attention to the Capitals' newest acquisitions Tuesday night at Verizon Center but it was hard not to notice Jason Arnott, Dennis Wideman and Marco Sturm in their Washington debuts. In Arnott's case, a pass out in front to Brooks Laich in the waning...

By Katie Carrera  |  01:32 AM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau, Dennis Wideman, Jason Arnott, Marco Sturm, New York Islanders

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 03/01/2011

George McPhee on Dmitri Orlov: 'We're pretty high on this player'

Dmitri Orlov played his first two games with the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears over the past weekend after practicing for a few days with the Capitals while Visa problems prohibited him from traveling to Canada with the Bears. The young defenseman continues to impress with each step. After finishing...

By Katie Carrera  |  02:32 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Dmitri Orlov

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Line change: Will Jason Arnott bring the same qualities to the Capitals that Sergei Fedorov did?

Capitals fans will likely say that Sergei Fedorov earned his $4 million salary when he scored with 4 minutes 59 seconds remaining in Game 7 of the 2009 Eastern Conference quarterfinals, sending Washington to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers. But the three-time Stanley Cup winner also brought...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  01:31 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jason Arnott

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Capitals recall Todd Ford

The Capitals have recalled goaltender Todd Ford from Hershey, the team announced this afternoon. This move likely means that Semyon Varlamov is unable to serve as Michal Neuvirth's backup tonight against the Islanders. Earlier today, Coach Bruce Boudreau said the original plan was for Varlamov to back up Neuvirth but...

By Katie Carrera  |  12:50 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 03/01/2011

Jason Arnott likely to center Alexander Semin, Marco Sturm on Capitals' second line vs. Isles

More to come soon from Jason Arnott and Dennis Wideman, who will both debut for the Capitals tonight against the Islanders along with Marco Sturm. First, though, Coach Bruce Boudreau this morning discussed his contemplation of where to put the new players in the lineup. As has been well documented...

By Katie Carrera  |  11:55 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau, Dennis Wideman, Jason Arnott

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 03/01/2011

Semyon Varlamov taking part in the Capitals' morning skate

The newest Capitals, Jason Arnott and Dennis Wideman, are on the ice for the morning skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex as expected this morning. Also taking part in the workout is goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who suffered what is believed to be a knee injury over the weekend. Varlamov was scheduled...

By Katie Carrera  |  10:09 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 03/01/2011

George McPhee doesn't believe trades will disrupt Capitals' chemistry

At the trade deadline in 2009-10, General Manager George McPhee brought in four players: Eric Belanger, Joe Corvo, Scott Walker and Milan Jurcina. Only the first three would suit up for the Capitals in the remainder of that season and as a whole the transactions, in retrospect, would yield mixed...

By Katie Carrera  |  10:06 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  George McPhee, Trade deadline

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 03/01/2011

Rate the Capitals' trade deadline moves

By 3 p.m. yesterday, the Capitals were an older, more experienced team as General Manager George McPhee traded for center Jason Arnott from New Jersey and defenseman Dennis Wideman from Florida to go along with Saturday's waiver pickup of Marco Sturm. How did McPhee do in his efforts to make...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  09:46 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Dennis Wideman, Jason Arnott, Marco Sturm, Poll, Trade deadline

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 03/01/2011

Marco Sturm fitting right in with Capitals

(Getty Images) After Marco Sturm's first practice in Washington on Monday, the warm feelings surrounding the winger were pretty clear: Even if Sturm is not 100 percent healthy, the Capitals are happy to have him. Washington claimed Sturm off of waivers on Saturday, and several of his new teammates...

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:36 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Marco Sturm

 

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