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Capitals Insider: October, 2013

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Eric Fehr ready for responsibility on the power play with Alex Ovechkin injured

“I don’t think they’ll be covering me quite as closely as they cover Ovi,” Fehr said of opposing penalty kills.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:47 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Eric Fehr, Injuries, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Marcus Johansson is no passenger

The Swede has shown that he is maturing into the perfect complement player for Washington’s top line.

By Neil Greenberg  |  12:12 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marcus Johansson, Statistical analysis

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 10/31/2013

Alex Ovechkin to miss Capitals’ game against Flyers with shoulder injury (updated)

Alex Ovechkin will miss Friday’s game with a shoulder injury.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:24 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Flyers, Injuries

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 10/31/2013

Former Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov arrested on domestic violence charges

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov faces kidnapping and assault charges.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:31 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Around the NHL, Colorado Avalanche, Semyon Varlamov

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Alex Ovechkin misses practice with upper-body injury (updated)

Notes from Wednesday’s practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:26 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Injuries, Jay Beagle, Practice update

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Capitals recall Dmitry Orlov and Michael Latta, John Erskine on LTI (updated)

Washington brings up some new faces to join the big club for its first practice back from a road trip.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:54 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dmitry Orlov, Hershey Bears, John Erskine, Michael Latta, Roster moves

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Few positives to take away from Capitals’ trip to Western Canada

After eight days and four games in Western Canada, the Capitals are in the same place they were.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:11 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canucks

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 10/29/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 3-2 loss in Vancouver

From Ovechkin’s penalty shot to the battle in the faceoff circle, here are a few observations from Monday’s loss in Vancouver.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:14 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Caps-Canucks, Five thoughts, Jason Chimera, Mikahil Grabovski

Posted at 08:11 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Canucks

Discuss the game as the Capitals take on the Vancouver Canucks Monday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:11 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canucks, Lineups, Open Thread

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

Involvement of defensemen key for Capitals’ offense

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

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

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Capitals haven’t won in Vancouver since 2001

It’s been more than 12 years since the Capitals won in Vancouver.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:29 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Canucks, John Tortorella, Roberto Luongo

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Michal Neuvirth to start in Vancouver

Michal Neuvirth will make his second start of the season tonight, plus other notes from the Caps’ morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:46 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canucks, Lineups, Michal Neuvirth, Practice update

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 10/27/2013

Capitals are plagued by slow starts

There has been no more consistent fault in the Capitals’ game than sluggish play in the first period.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:55 PM ET, 10/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Flames, John Carlson

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 10/27/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 5-2 loss to the Flames

Notes and observations from Saturday’s game in Calgary.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:32 AM ET, 10/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Volpatti, Adam Oates, Caps-Flames, Five thoughts, Jason Chimera

Posted at 08:56 PM ET, 10/26/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Flames

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit the Calgary Flames Saturday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:56 PM ET, 10/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Flames, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 10/26/2013

Braden Holtby’s confidence ‘sky high’ after strong showings in five consecutive starts

In the past five games Braden Holtby has stopped 172 of 182 shots for a .945 save percentage and 1.98 goals-against average.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:53 PM ET, 10/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Caps-Flames, Goaltenders, Olie Kolzig

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 10/26/2013

NHL rookies with entry-level contracts can pose dilemma

Keeping a rookie with junior eligibility on an NHL roster is a big decision, but those that earn more ice time early on tend to be worth the financial risk.

By  |  05:03 PM ET, 10/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Statistical analysis, Tom Wilson

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 10/26/2013

Projected lineups for Capitals and Flames

Quick notes from the morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:37 PM ET, 10/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Flames, Lineups

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 10/25/2013

Marcus Johansson leaves practice early; Oates able to balance ice time in Edmonton

Notes from the Capitals’ practice in Calgary.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:30 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Marcus Johansson, Practice update

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 10/25/2013

Jason Chimera, Joel Ward working to make third line a regular contributor

Veteran wingers Jason Chimera and Joel Ward bring a combination of offense and grit to the Capitals.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:29 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Jason Chimera, Joel Ward, Mikhail Grabovski

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-1 win against Edmonton

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ win in Edmonton.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:55 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Oilers, Five thoughts, Jason Chimera, Joel Ward, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 01:32 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Alex Ovechkin records 10th goal in win over Oilers

Alex Ovechkin’s latest goal came in what is becoming a familiar formula for the star winger -- off a faceoff win.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:32 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Oilers

Posted at 08:37 PM ET, 10/24/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Oilers

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit the Edmonton Oilers Thursday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:37 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Oilers, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 10/24/2013

Capitals continue quest for better puck management

The Caps hope to learn from the errors they made in a shootout win on the fast rink at Winnipeg.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:35 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Caps-Oilers, Steve Oleksy

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 10/24/2013

Oilers Coach Dallas Eakins ‘loves’ the way Alex Ovechkin plays

From Alex Ovechkin’s physical play to the emotion he displays on the ice, Dallas Eakins is a fan of it all.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:20 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Oilers, Lineups

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 10/24/2013

Adam Oates reflects on his year as an Edmonton Oiler

Adam Oates played his last season in Edmonton serving as a mentor to the Oilers.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:53 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Oilers

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 10/24/2013

Mike Green: ‘Nothing was working for me’ against Winnipeg

Mike Green discusses his benching late in Washington’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:31 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Mike Green

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 10/23/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 5-4 shootout win against the Jets

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ win in Winnipeg.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:26 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Jets, Five thoughts, Mikhail Grabovski, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 12:50 AM ET, 10/23/2013

Mike Green benched in Capitals’ win in Winnipeg

Every Capital made a few mistakes Wednesday night, but it was Mike Green who the coaching staff sat for the final 9:25 of regulation and into overtime Tuesday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:50 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Jets, Mike Green

Posted at 07:19 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Jets

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:19 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Jets, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Nate Schmidt eager to learn from Capitals’ veterans

Nate Schmidt will play in his fifth NHL game tonight in Winnipeg and has made a strong early impression with the Capitals.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:24 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Jets, Mike Green, Nate Schmidt

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Capitals look to keep Jets’ frustration level high

Notes from the morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:04 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Jets, Line combinations

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Marcus Johansson learning how to make his own impact on Capitals’ first line

The forward had “one of the best games” Coach Adam Oates has seen from him on Saturday. But he still has plenty to improve on.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:16 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom

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

Capitals see results in more ‘aggressive’ defensive play

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

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

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Capitals prepare for longest road trip of the season

Notes from Capitals’ practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:24 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 10/21/2013

Keys to Washington finding offensive zone success

With eight games played, some patterns are starting to emerge in terms of how the Caps are getting the puck into the offensive zone.

By Neil Greenberg  |  10:13 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Statistical analysis

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 10/20/2013

A look at the Capitals’ decision to keep Tom Wilson

It will take time to know whether the Capitals made the right move keeping Tom Wilson in the NHL this season.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:32 PM ET, 10/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps roster, Tom Wilson

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 10/20/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-1 win over Columbus

Notes and observations on the Capitals’ victory against Columbus Saturday.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:36 AM ET, 10/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Blue Jackets, Five thoughts, Steve Oleksy

Posted at 12:49 AM ET, 10/20/2013

Martin Erat records three assists in Capitals’ 4-1 win over Columbus

Martin Erat made a strong case as to why he deserves time in the top-six with a brilliant showing in Saturday’s win.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:49 AM ET, 10/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Blue Jackets, Joel Ward, Martin Erat

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 10/19/2013

Open thread: Capitals vs. Blue Jackets

Get ready for the game vs. the visiting Blue Jackets, when the Capitals while unveil overhauled line combinations.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:14 PM ET, 10/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Blue Jackets, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 10/19/2013

Martin Erat eager for opportunity on Capitals’ second line

Martin Erat on the second line and Nate Schmidt skating with Mike Green are two lineup changes worth keeping an eye on as Washington faces Columbus.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:46 PM ET, 10/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Blue Jackets, Martin Erat, Mike Green, Nate Schmidt, Troy Brouwer

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

New York Rangers’ struggles lead early surprise stories in NHL

The Rangers made a coaching change in the offseason to try to create more offense, but it has backfired so far.

By Neil Greenberg  |  01:01 PM ET, 10/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Statistical analysis

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 10/19/2013

Projected lineups for Capitals and Blue Jackets

Notes from the morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:34 AM ET, 10/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Blue Jackets, Lineups

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Capitals elect to keep Tom Wilson in the NHL

Tom Wilson is only getting fourth-line minutes but the Capitals believe it is best for his development to keep the rookie winger in the NHL.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:55 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Roster moves, Tom Wilson

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 10/18/2013

Capitals switch up line combinations

After seven games, Coach Adam Oates made some significant alterations to the forward lines.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:48 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 08:14 AM ET, 10/18/2013

What to do with Martin Erat

The Capitals traded for Martin Erat last year to provide top-six forward depth but he’s only played on the fourth line through the first seven games this season. Does he have a future in Washington?

By Katie Carrera  |  08:14 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Martin Erat

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

Capitals’ woes rooted in poor defensive play

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

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

Posted at 08:17 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 2-0 loss to the Rangers

Notes and observations from Washington’s loss to the Rangers Wednesday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:17 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Rangers, Five thoughts

Posted at 12:30 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Troy Brouwer on collision with Derek Stepan: ‘I pride myself on being an honest player’ (updated)

Troy Brouwer says his hit on Derek Stepan was accidental. “I pride myself on being an honest player and tried to get out of the way without causing as much damage as possible.“

By Katie Carrera  |  12:30 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Rangers, NHL discipline, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Open thread: Capitals vs. Rangers

Discuss the game as the Capitals host Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers Wednesday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:41 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Rangers, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Capitals want to put New York on its heels early

The Capitals aren’t dwelling on last year’s playoff loss but looking to build on first regulation win of the season.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:59 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Caps-Rangers

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 10/16/2013

John Erskine to miss third consecutive game; projected lineups for Capitals and Rangers

Notes from the Capitals’ morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:17 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Rangers, Injuries, John Erskine

Posted at 08:17 AM ET, 10/16/2013

Oates: Rangers ‘not the same team’ the Capitals are familiar with

The two teams have a lot of recent playoff history, but this year’s New York Rangers don’t look like the one the Capitals are so familiar with.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:17 AM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Rangers, Karl Alzner

Posted at 10:54 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Jason Chimera fined for boarding Oilers’ Justin Schultz

Capitals winger Jason Chimera has been fined for his hit on Edmonton defenseman Justin Schultz in Monday night’s game.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:54 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Oilers, Fines, Jason Chimera, NHL discipline

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Alex Ovechkin ‘wasn’t feeling 100 percent,’ leaves Capitals practice early

Ovechkin took part in less than 20 minutes of the Capitals’ quick practice on Tuesday.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:29 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Practice update

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/15/2013

No discipline for Alex Ovechkin, Jason Chimera after hits against Oilers

Notes from Tuesday’s practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Jason Chimera, Practice update

Posted at 07:34 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-2 win over Edmonton

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

By Katie Carrera  |  07:34 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Caps-Oilers, Five thoughts, Joel Ward, Nate Schmidt, Steve Oleksy, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 12:09 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Braden Holtby’s ‘huge’ save in Capitals’ 4-2 win over Oilers

Holtby’s key save kept the game tied Monday night, allowing the Capitals offense time to establish a lead of their own.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:09 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Oilers, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Open thread: Capitals vs. Oilers

Discuss the game as the Capitals host Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the Edmonton Oilers Monday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:03 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Oilers, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Brooks Laich: Capitals’ second line ‘can play better’

Brooks Laich says the unit will get there, but they’re just a little snakebit at the moment.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:33 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Oilers, Mikhail Grabovski, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Did Colorado offer blueprint to stop Washington’s power play?

Since starting this season 7-for-12 on the power play in their first three games, the Capitals are 0-for-7 with just seven shots.

By Neil Greenberg  |  11:12 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Power play, Statistical analysis

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Capitals lines the same ahead of Edmonton matchup; John Erskine skates (updated)

Notes from the Capitals’ morning skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:26 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Oilers, Injuries, John Erskine, Lineups

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Capitals seek stronger starts

One of the top items on the Capitals improvement checklist? Get off to a better start.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:32 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Oilers

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 10/13/2013

Adam Oates reinforces positives, wants Capitals to reset after loss to Avalanche

“Let’s take one. We need one win right now,” the Capitals coach said a day after his team’s ugly loss to the Avalanche. “I want the guys to feel good. We need to win tomorrow.“

By Katie Carrera  |  02:53 PM ET, 10/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Karl Alzner, Mike Green

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 10/13/2013

Five thoughts on Washington’s 5-1 loss to the Avalanche

Notes and observations on the Capitals 5-1 loss to the Avalanche.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:41 AM ET, 10/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Avs, Five thoughts, Jason Chimera, Karl Alzner, Michal Neuvirth, Nicklas Backstrom, Semyon Varlamov

Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 10/13/2013

Troy Brouwer after loss to Avalanche: ‘Our talent level’s there, our effort’s not’

Several veterans call in to question the Capitals’ work ethic after they fall to 1-4-0.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:00 AM ET, 10/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Avs, Eric Fehr, Jason Chimera, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 10/12/2013

Open thread: Capitals vs. Avalanche

Discuss the game as the Capitals host Semyon Varlamov and the Avalanche Saturday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:17 PM ET, 10/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Avs, Lineups, Open Thread

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

Nate Schmidt to make NHL debut against Avalanche

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

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

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 10/12/2013

Patrick Roy makes first visit to Washington as Avalanche coach

Alex Ovechkin says he’s looking forward to seeing former goaltending great Patrick Roy behind the bench tonight.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:32 AM ET, 10/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Avs, Lineups, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 10/11/2013

Semyon Varlamov expected to make first start against Capitals since trade to Avalanche

More than two years after he was traded to the Avalanche, Semyon Varlamov will get his first start against his former team.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:32 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Avs, Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 10/11/2013

Plenty of room for disciplined aggression in today’s NHL

Looking at how a skater fares at being aggressive without causing the team to go short handed due to taking minor penalties.

By Neil Greenberg  |  02:29 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Statistical analysis

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 10/11/2013

John Erskine injured, Nate Schmidt recalled; Connor Carrick, Michael Latta sent to Hershey

Nate Schmidt is expected to make his NHL debut Saturday against the Avalanche.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:22 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  connor carrick, Hershey Bears, Injuries, John Erskine, Michael Latta, Nate Schmidt, Roster moves

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 10/11/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 3-2 loss to Carolina

The power play comes up empty, Alex Ovechkin scores his fifth goal of the season and other notes on the Capitals loss to Carolina.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:59 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Alex Urbom, Caps-Canes, Five thoughts, Jason Chimera, Michael Latta

Posted at 11:42 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Third period gaffe costs Capitals in 3-2 loss to Hurricanes

A look at the play that resulted in Nathan Gerbe’s game winning goal for Carolina.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:42 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Canes, John Carlson

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Open thread: Capitals vs. Hurricanes

Discuss the game as the Capitals host the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:12 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Adam Oates on Tomas Hertl’s goal: ‘Don’t disrespect the league’

Coach Adam Oates weighs in on the flashy goal by Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:45 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Around the NHL, San Jose Sharks

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 10/10/2013

Michael Latta to center fourth line, Alex Urbom to make Caps debut against Hurricanes

Notes from the morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:59 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Urbom, Caps-Canes, Jay Beagle, Michael Latta

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

Capitals host Hurricanes in first Metropolitan Division matchup

A look at the Hurricanes ahead of Thursday's game.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:12 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Lineups

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 10/09/2013

Road to Sochi: A 'wakeup call' for Jamie Benn

Stars captain Jamie Benn wants to show Hockey Canadait would be a mistake to leave him off the roster.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:46 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hockey Canada, Jamie Benn, Road to Sochi, Sochi 2014

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 10/09/2013

Do the Caps really not have any weaknesses?

The Post Sports Live crew on Ted Leonsis's comments that he doesn't "see any weaknesses" in the Capitals.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  09:40 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ted Leonsis

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 10/09/2013

Nicklas Backstrom excited for new chapter as a father

Nicklas Backstrom has 'best moment in my life' earlier this week when his daughter, Haley, was born.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:09 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 10/08/2013

Capitals' second line 'still a work in progress'

The Caps' second line has yet to create a goal as a unit, but Oates is confident that the offense will come.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:17 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Forwards, Line combinations, Mikhail Grabovski, Troy Brouwer

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

Alexander Urbom expected to make Capitals debut during homestand

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

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

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Nicklas Backstrom becomes a father; Capitals recall Michael Latta

The Caps made a few roster moves Tuesday morning and Nicklas Backstrom becomes a father.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:43 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Jack Hillen, Michael Latta, Nicklas Backstrom, Roster moves

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Oates won't tinker with Caps' lines just yet

Despite being outscored 10-3 in even strength situations through three games, the Caps coach isn't ready to tinker with his lines just yet.

By Chelsea Janes  |  03:37 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Capitals Insider

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Joel Ward recovering from ‘bathroom gate’

The Capitals forward seemed to be in good spirits two days after being trapped in a Dallas hotel bathroom stall for nearly 40 minutes.

By Chelsea Janes  |  03:32 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joel Ward

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Alex Ovechkin named NHL's first star of the week

The NHL names Alex Ovechkin its first star of the season-opening week, recognizing an explosive three-game performance.

By Chelsea Janes  |  01:48 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Capitals Insider

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/07/2013

Even-strength play key to a deep playoff run for Caps

Are the Capitals relying too much on the power play?

By Neil Greenberg  |  11:00 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Statistical analysis

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 10/06/2013

Capitals need to find their bearings at even strength

The team has been outscored 10-3 at even strength through its first three games.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:14 PM ET, 10/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Eric Fehr, Even strength, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 10/06/2013

Five thoughts about the Capitals' 2-1 loss to the Stars

Notes and observations from the Capitals loss in Dallas Saturday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:22 AM ET, 10/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Stars, Five thoughts, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 12:40 AM ET, 10/06/2013

About the Capitals' disallowed goal in Dallas

The explanation from the NHL on why Backstrom's would-be goal was disallowed and reaction from the Caps on the play.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:40 AM ET, 10/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Stars, Kari Lehtonen, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 06:47 PM ET, 10/05/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Stars

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit the Dallas Stars Saturday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:47 PM ET, 10/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Stars, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 10/05/2013

Catching up with former Caps prospect, Stars center Cody Eakin

Former Caps prospect Cody Eakin got a chance to earn a significant role with the Dallas Stars. He’ll suit up as their second-line center tonight.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:02 PM ET, 10/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Stars, Cody Eakin

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 10/05/2013

Joel Ward recounts being trapped in a hotel bathroom

The Capitals right wing had an interesting Saturday morning in Dallas.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:26 PM ET, 10/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Stars, Joel Ward

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 10/05/2013

Jack Hillen underwent successful surgery; Steve Oleksy to face Stars

Quick notes from the morning skate in Dallas.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:59 PM ET, 10/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Stars, Dallas Stars, Injuries, Jack Hillen, Lineups, Steve Oleksy

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 10/04/2013

Braden Holtby on making adjustments to his game this season

No reason to panic about Holtby's start.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:45 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Goaltending

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 10/04/2013

Jack Hillen will undergo surgery Friday, expected to miss months

The Capitals will be without Jack Hillen for an extended period of time.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:00 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Injuries, Jack Hillen

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 10/04/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals' win over the Flames

Notes on the Capitals’ win over the Flames.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:01 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Flames, connor carrick, Five thoughts, Michal Neuvirth

Posted at 11:52 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Adam Oates: Jack Hillen is 'going to be out for a bit'

What does Jack Hillen's injury mean for the Capitals defensive depth?

By Katie Carrera  |  11:52 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Flames, Injuries, Jack Hillen

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

Open thread: Capitals vs. Flames

Discuss the game as the Caps host the Flames at Verizon Center.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:06 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Calgary Flames, Caps-Flames, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Capitals acquire Alexander Urbom, assign Michael Latta to Hershey (updated)

Caps make a move to accommodate waiver-wire pickup D Alexander Urbom.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:41 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AHL, Alexander Urbom, Hershey Bears, Michael Latta, Roster moves

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Adam Oates on Tom Wilson: 'I notice a difference in him all the time'

Tom Wilson made the opening night roster, but the Capitals decisions for the prospect's season doesn't end there.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:42 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Tom Wilson

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

Capitals' projected lineup for home opener against Flames

Notes from the morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:39 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Calgary Flames, Lineups, Morning skate

Posted at 07:27 AM ET, 10/03/2013

Connor Carrick eager for second game after tough debut

Connor Carrick didn't have the NHL debut he envisioned in front of his family in Chicago.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:27 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, connor carrick

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 10/02/2013

Martin Erat searching for clarity in his role with Capitals

Martin Erat was acquired to bring top-six left wing depth to the Capitals but played on the fourth line Tuesday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:18 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Martin Erat

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Mikhail Grabovski records first opening-night hat trick in Capitals history

A look at Mikhail Grabovski's hat trick.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:59 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Mikhail Grabovski, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals loss to the Blackhawks

Notes on the Capitals’ season opening loss to Chicago.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:02 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, connor carrick, Five thoughts, Karl Alzner, Mikhail Grabovski, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Blackhawks

Discuss the game as the Capitals kick off the 2013-14 NHL season.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:30 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Blackhawks, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Capitals 2013-14 preview: Top story lines

What top line do we see in 2013-14? Can Grabovski live up to the expectations and hype? How will the goaltenders perform?

By Katie Carrera  |  03:55 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals preview 2013-14

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Tom Wilson, Connor Carrick and Michael Latta will all face Blackhawks

Projected lineups for tonight's season opener and other notes from the morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:00 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013-14 Season opener, Adam Oates, Chicago Blackhawks, connor carrick, Eric Fehr, Martin Erat, Michael Latta, Tom Wilson

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Capitals will be bystanders for Stanley Cup banner raising

Brooks Laich: "I'm sure it's going to [tick] me off watching it"

By Katie Carrera  |  12:54 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013-14 Season opener, Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Is so much youth on the Caps' roster a bad thing?

Having so much youth and inexperience could hamper chances at taking the next step in the playoffs.

By Neil Greenberg  |  11:42 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  connor carrick, Statistical analysis, Tom Wilson

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Capitals preview 2013: Defense and goalies

Breaking down the Capitals' roster heading into the 2013-14 season.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:40 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals preview 2013-14

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Adam Oates and hockey sticks

Coach Adam Oates is passionate about making sure players have the right tool to play their best game.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:17 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013-14 Season opener, Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Jack Hillen

Posted at 07:48 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Capitals preview 2013: Forwards

The Capitals' projected forward lines heading into the 2013-14 season.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:48 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals preview 2013-14

 

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