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Capitals Insider: March, 2013

Posted at 11:53 PM ET, 03/31/2013

Untimely penalty by Troy Brouwer sparks Flyers' comeback vs. Capitals

Troy Brouwer takes responsibility for the untimely penalty that helped give Philadelphia life in the third period Sunday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:53 PM ET, 03/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Flyers, Mike Green, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 03/31/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Flyers

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit Philadelphia Sunday evening.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:49 PM ET, 03/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Flyers, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 03/31/2013

Michal Neuvirth not feeling well, Capitals recall Philipp Grubauer

The Captials are guarding against the possibility that Michal Neuvirth suffered a concussion when he took a puck off the mask in Saturday's morning skate. They've called up Philipp Grubauer to back up Braden Holtby against the Flyers.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:40 PM ET, 03/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Caps-Flyers, Concussions, Goalies, Michal Neuvirth, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 03/31/2013

Mike Green bounces back from mistake vs. Islanders with game-tying goal at Buffalo

With the memory of his costly mistake against the Islanders still fresh in his mind, Mike Green wanted to make sure he made a positive impact for the Capitals in Buffalo. He did just that, scoring the game-tying goal with 39.2 seconds left in regulation.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:24 AM ET, 03/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Sabres, Mike Green

Posted at 12:16 AM ET, 03/31/2013

Capitals erase ugly start with comeback against Buffalo

More on how the Capitals erased their "worst" start of the season to come back and capture a 4-3 shootout win over Buffalo.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:16 AM ET, 03/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Sabres, Karl Alzner, Mike Green

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 03/30/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Sabres

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:01 PM ET, 03/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sabres, Lineups, Open Thread, Roster moves, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 03/30/2013

George McPhee on Caps prospects Kuznetsov, Forsberg and Wilson

A breakdown of General Manager George McPhee's comments on top prospects Evgeny Kuznetsov, Filip Forsberg and Tom Wilson.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:55 PM ET, 03/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Evgeny Kuznetsov, Filip Forsberg, George McPhee, Prospects, Tom Wilson

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 03/30/2013

Braden Holtby to start, Jeff Schultz back in Capitals' lineup vs. Sabres

Notes from the Capitals' morning skate in Buffalo.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:22 PM ET, 03/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Caps-Sabres, Jeff Schultz, Line combinations

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 03/29/2013

Alex Ovechkin asks to leave practice early, Eric Fehr skates briefly

Notes from the Capitals' practice before the team leaves for Buffalo.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:50 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Eric Fehr, John Erskine, Line combinations, Practice update, Tom Poti, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 01:24 AM ET, 03/29/2013

Michal Neuvirth adjusting to light workload

Michal Neuvirth has never had this light of a workload as a full-time NHLer. He's adjusting but still wants to be a No. 1 netminder.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:24 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Goalies, Goaltenders, Michal Neuvirth

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Caps weigh in on Jarome Iginla trade

The Capitals discuss the trade heard round the NHL that sent Jarome Iginla from Calgary to Pittsburgh.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:32 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Calgary Flames, Jarome Iginla, Karl Alzner, Pittsburgh Penguins, Trade deadline, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Mike Ribeiro reiterates he would like to stay in Washington

Mike Ribeiro declined an initial offer from the Capitals but reiterated he would like to stay in Washington if the two sides can work out a deal.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:27 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Mike Ribeiro, Trade deadline

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 03/28/2013

Alex Ovechkin hit by puck in Capitals practice (updated)

Alex Ovechkin left Capitals practice Thursday after being struck in the face by a puck.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:11 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Injuries, Practice update

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 03/28/2013

Jack Hillen sick, John Erskine doesn't take part in practice drills (updated)

Just as the Capitals blue line seemed to be getting healthy, two defensemen didn't take part in Thursday's practice in Arlington.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:56 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Fehr, Jack Hillen, John Erskine, Mathieu Perreault, Practice update, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 03/27/2013

One-timers: Capitals can't prevent rough start against Islanders

Notes from the Capitals' 3-2 loss to the Islanders.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:57 AM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Isles, Eric Fehr, John Carlson, Mathieu Perreault, Mike Ribeiro, One timers

Posted at 12:33 AM ET, 03/27/2013

Islanders capitalize on mistakes by Mike Green, Brooks Laich to score game-winner

A look at the costly miscues by Mike Green and Brooks Laich that led to the Islanders' game winning goal.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:33 AM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Caps-Isles, Mike Green, Mike Ribeiro

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 03/26/2013

Open thread: Capitals vs. Islanders

Discuss the game as the Capitals host the New York Islanders Tuesday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:36 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 10:30 AM ET, 03/26/2013

Eric Fehr out with upper-body injury, won't play against Islanders

Notes from the Capitals morning skate ahead of Tuesday's tilt with the Islanders.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Isles, Eric Fehr, Injuries, Line combinations

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 03/25/2013

Alex Ovechkin 'king of the world' after being 'almost in the toilet'

With seven goals and 11 points in the past seven games, Alex Ovechkin is helping to lead the charge as the Capitals fight to reach the playoffs.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:21 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Star of the Week

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 03/25/2013

Thomas Boswell on why the Capitals should sign Mike Ribeiro to a long-term deal

Thomas Boswell says the center's skill set is to valuable to let get away.

By Missy Rosenberg  |  02:15 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mike Ribeiro

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 03/25/2013

Why the Caps should pass on a long-term deal for Mike Ribeiro

The Capitals forward is having a wonderful season, but his numbers are not sustainable.

By Neil Greenberg  |  12:46 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 03/25/2013

Alex Ovechkin named NHL's first star of the week

After a slow start to the season, the Caps captain has been on a tear recently, picking up nine points in five games.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  12:20 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 03/25/2013

John Erskine, Tomas Kundratek and Tom Poti all make appearance at optional skate (updated)

Injured defensemen John Erskine and Tomas Kundratek both took part in an optional skate Monday in Arlington. Tom Poti, who is also on injured reserve, skated briefly before the workout began.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:49 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, John Erskine, Optional practice, Practice update, Tom Poti, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 03/25/2013

Mike Ribeiro seeking long-term deal in next contract

Center Mike Ribeiro is in the final year of his current contract and is looking for a long-term deal. With the trade deadline 9 days away the Capitals must decide if they want to try and re-sign their leading scorer.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:02 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 AM ET, 03/25/2013

Capitals beat Rangers in shootout, Oates still not fond of tie-breaker

The Capitals were the last team in the NHL to go to a shootout this season. They won but Coach Adam Oates still isn't all that enamored with the tie-breaking procedure.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:39 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Rangers, shootout

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 03/24/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Rangers

Discuss the game as the Capitals take on the Rangers Sunday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:03 PM ET, 03/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Rangers, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 03/24/2013

Back in the lineup, Mike Green working to better protect himself on the ice

The Capitals defenseman returned to the lineup and played two games in Winnipeg with no setbacks, but he knows he must take steps to better protect himself on the ice.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:08 PM ET, 03/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Rangers, Injuries, Mike Green

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/24/2013

Capitals stick with the same lineup

The Capitals will stick with the same lineup they had in Winnipeg for Sunday night's game in New York.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Rangers, Line combinations

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 03/23/2013

Braden Holtby unfazed by potential goaltender equipment changes

The NHL's general managers endorsed the idea of reducing the size of goaltender equipment. While some netminders aren't pleased with the possibility, neither Holtby nor Caps associate goaltending coach Olie Kolzig minds the change.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:04 PM ET, 03/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Goalies, Olie Kolzig, Ondrej Pavelec

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 03/23/2013

Joey Crabb clears waivers, assigned to Hershey

Joey Crabb clears waivers and is assigned to the AHL's Hershey Bears.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:16 PM ET, 03/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Joey Crabb, Roster moves, waivers

Posted at 12:45 AM ET, 03/23/2013

Capitals capture four points in Winnipeg, sweep back-to-back games against Jets

The Capitals knew that a pair of wins in Winnipeg would go a long way to helping their playoff aspirations and came away with a clean sweep of the Jets in back-to-back games.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:45 AM ET, 03/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Brooks Laich, Caps-Jets

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 03/22/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Jets

Discuss the game as the Capitals take on the Jets for round two of back-to-back games in Winnipeg.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:48 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Jets, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 03/22/2013

Braden Holtby to start again against Jets

Braden Holtby gets the nod for round two against Winnipeg and other notes from the Capitals' optional morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:56 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Jets, Joey Crabb

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 03/22/2013

The problem with the Capitals' power play

Despite its success and improvement, is the Washington power play too one-dimensional?

By Neil Greenberg  |  12:25 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Power play, Statistical analysis

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 03/22/2013

Capitals need to replicate winning performance against Jets

Washington played one of its most complete games in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Jets. Now the Capitals must do it again Friday night against the same Winnipeg squad.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:51 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Jets, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 01:08 AM ET, 03/22/2013

Alex Ovechkin leads the way in Capitals' 4-0 win against Winnipeg

From start to finish, Alex Ovechkin was involved in the Capitals' 4-0 win over the Jets contributing everything from three points to a strong back check to several big hits.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:08 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Jets, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 07:34 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Jets

Discuss the game as the Capitals take on the Jets for the first of back-to-back games between the two teams this week.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:34 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Jets, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Capitals set to waive Joey Crabb

Washington will place Joey Crabb on waivers Friday.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:14 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joey Crabb, Roster moves, waivers

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Adam Oates: Mike Green a game-time decision against Jets

Capitals defenseman Mike Green is expected to take warmups in Winnipeg but it's still not certain that he will play.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:50 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Jets, Groin injuries, Injuries, Mike Green

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Capitals morning skate: Brooks Laich on second line, Mike Green taking rushes (updated)

Notes from the Capitals morning skate in Winnipeg.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:59 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Jets, Line combinations, Mike Green, Practice update

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 03/21/2013

Capitals reinforce power-play details before taking on Jets

The power play has been a source of strength for the Capitals this year, but the unit hasn't been quite as consistent over the past 10 games. So Coach Adam Oates put the Capitals through power play drills to reinforce the group's reads.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:10 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Power play, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Adam Oates on Mike Green: 'We've got to make sure he is ready'

Defenseman Mike Green says he will play Thursday at the Winnipeg Jets but Coach Adam Oates isn't so sure.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:02 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Groin injuries, Injuries, Mike Green

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Maintenance day for Brooks Laich, other practice notes (updated)

Notes from Capitals practice Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:35 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Joel Ward, Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 03/20/2013

One-timers: Brooks Laich's debut, Capitals find positives in defensive play

Notes on Brooks Laich's return, the Capitals defensive showing and more on the power play from Tuesday's 2-1 loss in Pittsburgh.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:59 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Caps-Pens, Jack Hillen, Karl Alzner, One timers

Posted at 07:24 AM ET, 03/20/2013

More on the Capitals' missed power play opportunity

The Capitals inability to score on a four-minute power play and Pittsburgh's strong penalty kill in the third period changed the course of Tuesday's game.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:24 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Caps-Pens, Dan Bylsma, Eric Fehr, Matt Niskanen, Sidney Crosby

Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Penguins

Discuss the game as the Capitals take on the Penguins Tuesday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:37 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Pens, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Dmitry Orlov 'so happy' to be healthy and back with Capitals

After recovering from two concussions, Dmitry Orlov is excited to make his season debut with the Capitals.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:58 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Pens, Concussions, Dmitry Orlov, Hershey Bears

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Braden Holtby: Capitals 'haven't been even close to intense enough'

Asked about the importance of Brooks Laich's return to the lineup, goaltender Braden Holtby said the Capitals haven't been intense enough this season and hopes that the utility forward can help spark them.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:06 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Brooks Laich, Caps-Pens, Matt Hendricks

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Alex Ovechkin on how to beat Penguins: 'We just have to get on top of Crosby right away'

The Penguins head into tonight's matchup with Washington in search of their 10th straight victory.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:41 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Pens, Craig Adams, Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Brooks Laich to make season debut vs. Penguins

Brooks Laich will make his season debut after missing the first 28 games of the season with a groin injury.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:35 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Pens, Groin injuries, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Brooks Laich likely to return against Penguins

Based on the morning skate it looks like Brooks Laich may be back in the Capitals lineup tonight in Pittsburgh.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:47 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Pens, Line combinations, Tom Poti

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Alex Ovechkin's move to right wing starting to pay off

Not much has gone right for the Capitals this season, but one bright spot has been the production of their star winger since his move to the right wing.

By Neil Greenberg  |  11:09 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Statistical analysis

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 11:01 AM ET, 03/18/2013

Alex Ovechkin: 'We can end the season this week or we continue to fight for the playoffs'

The Capitals move into a critical week with a four-game road trip that could determine the fate of their season.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:01 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 03/18/2013

One-timers: Steve Oleksy, Steve Ott and the fight that wasn't

Notes on Steve Ott testing the boundaries with Caps, Steve Oleksy, Braden Holtby's puck handling and more from the 5-3 win over the Sabres.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:32 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 AM ET, 03/18/2013

Jason Chimera snaps 27-game goal-scoring drought

Jason Chimera scores his first goal of the season.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:46 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Sabres, Jason Chimera, Mathieu Perreault

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 03/17/2013

Open thread: Capitals vs. Sabres

Discuss the game as the Capitals host Buffalo Sunday night at Verizon Center.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:42 PM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sabres, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 03/17/2013

Matt Hendricks on fighting the Bruins

The Capitals forward shared his side of everything that happened with the Bruins in Washington's 4-1 loss on Saturday.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:38 PM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam McQuaid, Caps-Bruins, Matt Hendricks, Shawn Thornton

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 03/17/2013

Brooks Laich nearing return from groin injury

He won't play Sunday against Buffalo but Brooks Laich is confident he will return to the lineup soon. "I'm feeling good on the ice and I'm getting really anxious to play," he said. "I'm sure it'll be very, very soon."

By Katie Carrera  |  12:55 PM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Groin injuries, Injuries

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 03/17/2013

Tomas Kundratek tests right leg, Braden Holtby to start against Sabres

Tomas Kundratek skates briefly, Matt Hendricks is ready to play against Sabres and other notes from the Caps optional skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:22 PM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sabres, John Erskine, Matt Hendricks, Practice update, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 12:34 AM ET, 03/17/2013

Bruins force Matt Hendricks into 'joke' fight

Of all the fights that ensued at TD Garden Saturday, when the Bruins cornered Matt Hendricks and forced him to fight drew the ire of the Capitals.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:34 AM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam McQuaid, Caps-Bruins, Matt Hendricks, Nathan Horton, Shawn Thornton

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 03/16/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Bruins

Discuss the game as the Capitals take on the Bruins Saturday afternoon.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:16 PM ET, 03/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Bruins, Jack Hillen, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 03/16/2013

Alex Ovechkin focused on playoffs, not 700th career point

Alex Ovechkin recorded his 700th career point Thursday, becoming just the 22nd player to hit the milestone in eight seasons, but he's not dwelling on the personal achievement.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:40 AM ET, 03/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, milestones

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 12:02 PM ET, 03/15/2013

Steve Oleksy steps up for Capitals as injuries pile up on blue line

Steve Oleksy skated a game high of 27:55 against the Hurricanes Thursday night and continues to surprise the Capitals with how much he's able to handle in the NHL.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:02 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 03/15/2013

One-timers: More on Alex Ovechkin's night against Carolina

More from the Capitals 3-2 comeback win in Carolina including notes on the dramatic game winner and Alex Ovechkin's 700th career point.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:19 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Volpatti, Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Canes, Joey Crabb, Michal Neuvirth, One timers

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 06:06 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Hurricanes

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit Carolina in the second of a home-and-home against the Hurricanes.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:06 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Capitals on realignment, residing in 'much tougher' division

NHL realignment is a done deal, which means starting next season the Capitals will be part of a juggernaut eight-team division. "It's a tougher division, much tougher," Karl Alzner said.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:39 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jason Chimera, Karl Alzner, Kirk Muller, NHL, Realignment, Tom Poti

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Tom Poti set to return to Capitals' lineup

Notes from the Capitals' morning skate in Raleigh.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:58 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Line combinations, Practice update, Tom Poti

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 03/14/2013

NHL approves realignment; Caps move to eight-team division

The NHL Board of Governors has approved the league's realignment and a new division-based playoff format that will begin next season.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  12:45 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Realignment

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 03/14/2013

Marcus Johansson: 'Everything's a little quicker now'

Recovered from a concussion, Marcus Johansson is feeling better than he has all season.

By Eric Detweiler  |  08:02 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Michal Neuvirth will start in net Thursday against Carolina

Adam Oates plans to start Michal Neuvirth in net on Thursday against the Hurricanes.

By Eric Detweiler  |  02:08 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Michal Neuvirth, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Capitals begin preparations for Carolina rematch (updated)

After a lackluster showing against Carolina on Tuesday, the Capitals have juggled their lines at Wednesday's practice.

By Eric Detweiler  |  12:27 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 03/13/2013

One-timers: Carolina senses Capitals' struggles, trying to knock them out of division race

The Hurricanes know they can all but eliminate Washington from the division race with another win Thursday and other notes following the Capitals' 4-0 loss.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:38 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alexander Semin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Canes, Jeff Schultz, Karl Alzner, One timers

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 03/13/2013

Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom: Caps' dynamic duo should reunite

There is no one who helps Alex Ovechkin "play the right way," as Coach Adam Oates so often preaches, more than Nicklas Backstrom.

By Neil Greenberg  |  10:42 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Statistical analysis

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 06:50 PM ET, 03/12/2013

Open thread: Capitals vs. Hurricanes

Discuss the game as the Capitals host Carolina.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:50 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 03/12/2013

Brooks Laich skates with Capitals, calls it a 'huge step' in recovery

Capitals forward Brooks Laich takes another step forward in his recovery from a lingering groin injury.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:51 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Groin injuries, Injuries

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 03/12/2013

Mike Green 'still a little bit of a ways away' from return to Capitals' lineup

Mike Green skated with teammates for the first time since Feb. 27 and discussed his recovery from his groin injury.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:01 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Groin injuries, Injuries, Mike Green

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 03/12/2013

Marcus Johansson on top line, Mathieu Perreault back in lineup against Carolina

Marcus Johansson is slated for top-line duty and Mathieu Perreault returns to the lineup against the Hurricanes.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:38 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Line combinations, Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Adam Oates takes issue with criticism of Alex Ovechkin

Coach Adam Oates assesses Alex Ovechkin's recent play, discusses the level of criticism the star winger receives.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:50 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin

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 12:26 PM ET, 03/11/2013

Caps need a strong second-half playoff push, but do they have it in them?

The Capitals are one of several teams making a mad dash for the eighth spot in the East over the second half of the season, but the outlook is bleak.

By Neil Greenberg  |  12:26 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Statistical analysis

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 03/11/2013

One-timers: Alex Ovechkin's rough game costs Capitals against Rangers

Notes and observations from the Capitals' 4-1 loss to the Rangers.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:07 AM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Rangers, Marcus Johansson, One timers, Steve Oleksy

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 03/10/2013

Braden Holtby pulled after allowing three goals in loss to Rangers

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby on his game after allowing three goals on 19 shots: "It has to be better, simple as that."

By Katie Carrera  |  06:36 PM ET, 03/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Rangers, Goalies, Michal Neuvirth

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 03/10/2013

Alex Ovechkin: 'You can't say nothing' to referees

Unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties aren't a new phenomenon for the Capitals this season, but it's definitely something they can avoid.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:37 PM ET, 03/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Matt Hendricks, Mike Ribeiro, penalties

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 03/10/2013

Open thread: Capitals vs. Rangers

Discuss the game as the Capitals host the Rangers Sunday afternoon.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:33 PM ET, 03/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Rangers, Lineups, Marcus Johansson, Open Thread

Posted at 07:26 PM ET, 03/09/2013

John Erskine injured in Capitals' loss to Islanders

The defenseman suffered what appeared to be an injury to his left hand or wrist and played only 1:18 in the 5-2 defeat.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:26 PM ET, 03/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Isles, Injuries, John Erskine

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 03/09/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Islanders

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit the Islanders Saturday afternoon.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:39 PM ET, 03/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Isles, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 03/09/2013

Philipp Grubauer to make first NHL start against Islanders

Top goaltending prospect Philipp Grubauer will make his first career NHL start Saturday afternoon at the New York Islanders

By Katie Carrera  |  11:33 AM ET, 03/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Isles, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 03/08/2013

Adam Oates uses rout of Florida to manage Capitals' minutes

For as thorough of a drubbing as the Capitals 7-1 win over the Panthers was, Coach Adam Oates said the biggest benefit was being able to manage the team's minutes late in the game.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:27 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Panthers, John Carlson, Karl Alzner

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 03/08/2013

Mike Green skates, Philipp Grubauer practices with Capitals (updated)

News and notes from Capitals practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:25 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Marcus Johansson, Michal Neuvirth, Mike Green, Practice update

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 03/08/2013

Tyson Strachan may face suspension for hit on Jason Chimera

Panthers defenseman Tyson Strachan will likely face a suspension for his blindside hit to the head of Jason Chimera. The Capitals' forward returned to the game after absorbing the late hit.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:01 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Panthers, Jason Chimera, Tyson Strachan

Posted at 06:48 PM ET, 03/07/2013

Open thread: Capitals vs. Panthers

Discuss the game as the Capitals host the Panthers.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:48 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Panthers, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 03/07/2013

NHLPA approves realignment

The NHLPA has given its consent for realignment, check out what that will entail for the Capitals.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:17 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NHL, NHLPA, Realignment

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 03/07/2013

Capitals weigh in on visor debate after Marc Staal injury

NHL players have always preserved their choice to wear, or not wear, visors.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:00 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, NHL rules, safety, Visors

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 03/07/2013

Capitals 'fighting against ourselves' to move up the standings

Despite winning seven of their last 10 heading into tonight’s game, the Caps remain lodged in last place.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:44 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Panthers, Line combinations

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 03/07/2013

Michal Neuvirth sick, Capitals recall Philipp Grubauer (updated)

Michal Neuvirth is sick once again so the Capitals have recalled prospect Philipp Grubauer.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:14 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Call-ups, Caps-Panthers, Michal Neuvirth, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 03/07/2013

Caps' confidence is up after win against Bruins

The Capitals believe that Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win against the Bruins will provide them with more than a desperately-needed two points in the standings.

By Andrew Simon  |  08:16 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 03/06/2013

Tomas Kundratek embracing increased role with Capitals

The 23-year-old's first NHL goal Tuesday night is just one example of his elevated play.

By Andrew Simon  |  02:35 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 03/06/2013

Rangers claim Roman Hamrlik off waivers (updated)

The Capitals waived the seldom-used 38-year-old yesterday.

By Andrew Simon  |  12:28 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rangers, Roman Hamrlik

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/06/2013

Marcus Johansson cleared for contact; Troy Brouwer back on the ice (updated)

The forward was one of 11 Capitals to hit the ice for Wednesday's optional practice, but there still is no clear timetable for his return to game action.

By Andrew Simon  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marcus Johansson, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 03/06/2013

One timers: Capitals claim momentum-building win over Bruins

Notes on Wojtek Wolski, Tomas Kundratek and more from the Capitals' 4-3 overtime win against the Bruins.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:20 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Bruins, One timers, Steven Oleksy, Tomas Kundratek, Wojtek Wolski

Posted at 11:51 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Eric Fehr's highlight-reel, game-winning goal against the Bruins (video)

Re-live the Capitals' winger's game-winning overtime goal against the Bruins.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:51 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Bruins, Eric Fehr

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Open thread: Capitals vs. Bruins

Discuss the game as the Capitals host the Bruins.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:00 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Adam Oates: Steve Oleksy brings balance to Capitals defense

Coach Adam Oates explains that Steve Oleksy will help bring balance to the Capitals' defense because he is a right-handed shot.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:34 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Caps-Bruins, Hershey Bears, Steven Oleksy

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Capitals waive Roman Hamrlik (updated)

The Capitals have waived seldom-used Roman Hamrlik.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:23 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Roman Hamrlik, Roster moves, waivers

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Troy Brouwer sick, misses Capitals' morning skate (updated)

Troy Brouwer is sick and was told to take the morning off ahead of the Capitals' game against the Bruins at Verizon Center.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:33 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Bruins, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Capitals hope to 'hang' with Bruins

Washington's focus is the test the Bruins pose at this stage in the season, not its playoff victory of nearly four months ago.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:39 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Caps-Bruins, Karl Alzner, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 09:29 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Capitals sign, recall defenseman Steven Oleksy

The Capitals have signed and recalled defenseman Steven Oleksy from the Hershey Bears.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:29 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Call-ups, Hershey Bears, Steven Oleksy

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Mike Green 'not feeling 100 percent,' Marcus Johansson close to being cleared for contact

Injury updates on Mike Green and Marcus Johansson from Coach Adam Oates.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:55 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Marcus Johansson, Mike Green

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 03/04/2013

Five questions for the Caps in the second half

The issues facing the team as the second half of the season approaches.

By Neil Greenberg  |  11:37 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Mike Ribeiro, Statistical analysis

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 03/04/2013

Mike Green not taking part in Capitals practice

Mike Green, who aggravated a groin injury last week, misses a second straight Capitals practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:07 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Line combinations, Mike Green, Practice update

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 03/03/2013

One-timers: Capitals close out the Jets, come into March like lions

One-timers: Capitals close out the Jets, come into March like lions

By Katie Carrera  |  09:01 AM ET, 03/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:21 PM ET, 03/02/2013

Holtby stays calm, lets the system do its work in shutout

Holtby stays calm, lets the system do its work in shutout

By Katie Carrera  |  09:21 PM ET, 03/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Mike Ribeiro, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 03/02/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Jets

Discuss the game as the Capitals take on the Jets.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:53 PM ET, 03/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Jets, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 03/02/2013

Aaron Volpatti to make Caps debut against Jets

Winger Aaron Volpatti will get '"thrown to the wolves" Saturday afternoon as he makes his Capitals debut at Winnipeg.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:30 PM ET, 03/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Volpatti, Adam Oates, Caps-Jets, Matt Hendricks

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 03/02/2013

Capitals turn to Matt Hendricks for top-line duty

There's been a revolving door at top-line left wing for the Capitals and now it's Matt Hendricks's turn to try and fit.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:17 AM ET, 03/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Jets, Matt Hendricks, Wojtek Wolski

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Mike Green aggravates groin injury, won't travel to Winnipeg

Capitals defenseman Mike Green aggravated his previous groin injury. "It's obviously concerning because of his past history," Adam Oates said.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:42 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Injuries, Mike Green

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 03/01/2013

Mike Green not taking part in Caps' practice

Mike Green isn't on the ice for Caps practice, which features a few different line combinations.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:02 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Matt Hendricks, Practice update, practice upddate, Wojtek Wolski

 

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