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Capitals Insider: December, 2013

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 12/31/2013

Tom Wilson: ‘When you hit a guy hard and clean, you’ve got to be ready’ to fight

The Capitals rookie wasn’t surprised when he was challenged by a Buffalo forward after delivering a big but clean hit Sunday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:24 PM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sabres, Fighting, Tom Wilson, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Carlson and Alzner give Washington a solid shutdown pair

John Carlson and Karl Alzner have seen a steady progression since their time together in Hershey.

By Neil Greenberg  |  10:32 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Statistical analysis

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 3-1 loss in Ottawa

Notes and observations from Washington’s loss.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:06 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Sens, Five thoughts, Joel Ward, Mike Green, Philipp Grubauer, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 12:57 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Alex Ovechkin upset referees missed headshot by Chris Neil

The star winger calls out Monday night’s officials.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:57 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Sens, NHL discipline

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Senators

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit the Senators Monday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:17 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sens, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Nationals Park likely venue for 2015 Winter Classic

The 2015 Winter Classic will likely be played at Nationals Park.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:40 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Winter Classic

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Alex Ovechkin expresses sympathy for Russian bombing victims

The star winger remains confident that Russia will be able to safeguard the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:20 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Olympics, Sochi 2014

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Michal Neuvirth: ‘If I don’t play, I don’t get better’ (updated)

Neuvirth declines to comment when asked if he has asked the Capitals to trade him.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:43 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Goaltenders, Michal Neuvirth, Trades

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 12/30/2013

Backstrom’s quiet MVP-caliber campaign

The Caps center has a history of making things happen.

By Neil Greenberg  |  08:43 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nicklas Backstrom, Statistical analysis

Posted at 09:22 PM ET, 12/29/2013

Capitals look on the bright side despite shootout loss in Buffalo

Coach Adam Oates ‘can’t complain’ about the Capitals’ game in loss.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:22 PM ET, 12/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Sabres, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 12/29/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Sabres

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit Buffalo Sunday evening.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:07 PM ET, 12/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sabres, Lineup, Open Thread

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 12/28/2013

Brooks Laich practices, will travel to Buffalo

Notes from Capitals’ practice on Saturday.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:33 PM ET, 12/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Injuries, Michael Latta, Practice update

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 12/28/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ win over the Rangers

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

By Katie Carrera  |  12:47 PM ET, 12/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Rangers, Eric Fehr, Five thoughts, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Philipp Grubauer, Tom Wilson

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 12/28/2013

Fanciest game of 2013

Neil Greenberg’s pick for best performance of the year will surprise you.

By Neil Greenberg  |  09:02 AM ET, 12/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:28 PM ET, 12/27/2013

Eric Fehr’s smart play ends with game-winning goal

It was quite the successful night for the veteran winger.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:28 PM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Rangers, Eric Fehr

Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 12/27/2013

Open thread: Capitals vs. Rangers

Discuss the game as the Capitals host the Rangers Friday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:16 PM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Rangers, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 12/27/2013

Capitals look to shake off rust from holiday break against Rangers

News and notes from the morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:45 PM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Rangers, Lineups, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 12/27/2013

Brooks Laich suffers setback, won’t face Rangers

The Capitals’ forward is “in a holding pattern“

By Katie Carrera  |  11:35 AM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Caps-Rangers, Groin injuries, Injuries

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

Capitals need a more consistent Mike Green

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

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

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/25/2013

‘Moneypuck’ slowly making its way to NHL

Advanced stats are no longer just for the nerds who follow hockey and blog from their moms’ basements.

By Neil Greenberg  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Statistical analysis

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 12/24/2013

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

Notes and observations from Washington’s loss to Anaheim at Verizon Center on Monday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:15 AM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Caps-Ducks, Five thoughts, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 11:23 PM ET, 12/23/2013

Bruce Boudreau “nervous as all get-out” in return to Washington

The Ducks had dual motivation, extending their winning streak and getting a victory for Boudreau.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:23 PM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, bruce boudreau, Caps-Ducks

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 12/23/2013

Open thread: Capitals vs. Ducks

Discuss the game as Bruce Boudreau’s Anaheim Ducks visit Verizon Center Monday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:18 PM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Ducks, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 12/23/2013

Ovechkin in midst of historic season

STATS ANALYSIS | There is a 50-50 chance Alex Ovechkin ends up with 60 goals or more.

By Neil Greenberg  |  01:12 PM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Statistical analysis

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 12/23/2013

Brooks Laich returns to Caps’ lineup vs Ducks, Philipp Grubauer to start

News and notes from the Capitals morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:48 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Caps-Ducks, Groin injuries, Injuries, Lineups, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 12/23/2013

Catching up with Mathieu Perreault

The former Capitals center returns to Verizon Center with the Ducks on Monday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:03 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Anaheim Ducks, bruce boudreau, Mathieu Perreault, Teemu Selanne

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/23/2013

Bruce Boudreau: There’s still only one Alex Ovechkin

No conversation with Bruce Boudreau ever fits into a single story.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, bruce boudreau, Caps-Ducks

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 12/22/2013

With Bruce Boudreau, Anaheim up next, Caps alter practice schedule

With Bruce Boudreau and the Ducks up next, the Caps can’t afford a day off.

By Barry Svrluga  |  12:54 PM ET, 12/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, bruce boudreau, John Carlson

Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 12/21/2013

Open thread: Devils at Capitals

By Barry Svrluga  |  06:27 PM ET, 12/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 12/21/2013

Morning skate: Grubauer again? Neuvirth unhappy

With goaltender Philipp Grubauer providing confidence and some stability in net for the Caps, Michal Neuvirth has become the odd man out.

By Barry Svrluga  |  12:49 PM ET, 12/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Marcus Johansson, Michal Neuvirth, Philipp Gruabuer

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 12/21/2013

Martin Erat still waiting for trade

It’s been a month since he went public with his trade request, but the veteran winger remains a Capital.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:25 AM ET, 12/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Martin Erat, Trades

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 12/21/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-2 win in Carolina

Notes and observations from the Capitals win over Carolina.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:57 AM ET, 12/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Five thoughts, Injuries, Joel Ward, Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Philipp Grubauer, Power play

Posted at 08:07 AM ET, 12/21/2013

One-shot wonders of 2013

A look at which players have mastered the one-shot, one-goal, one-point feat.

By Neil Greenberg  |  08:07 AM ET, 12/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Statistical analysis

Posted at 11:22 PM ET, 12/20/2013

Alex Ovechkin sixth fastest to score 400 goals in NHL history

The Capitals’ star winger records his 400th goal in the same building where he was drafted back in 2004.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:22 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  400 goals, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Canes, NHL milestones

Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 12/20/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Hurricanes

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit the Hurricanes Friday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:52 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 12/20/2013

Tom Wilson on his hit against Brayden Schenn: ‘I cost the team the game’

The Capitals’ rookie makes his first comments about his hit and disciplinary hearing.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:19 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Flyers, NHL discipline, Tom Wilson

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 12/20/2013

Philipp Grubauer to start against Hurricanes

News and notes from the Capitals’ morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:29 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Canes, Lineups, Philipp Grubauer, Tom Wilson

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 12/20/2013

A primer on the NHL’s holiday roster freeze

The roster freeze went into effect Thursday night, but there are some exceptions to the blanket rule prohibiting trades and moves that require waivers.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:17 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBA, NHL rules, Roster moves

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 12/20/2013

Shootout wins often mean early outs in postseason

While shootout wins are nice, a better indication of playoff success is a regulation victory.

By Neil Greenberg  |  08:28 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Shootouts, Statistical analysis

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 12/19/2013

No suspension for Tom Wilson

Capitals rookie Tom Wilson was not suspended for his charging hit on Flyers’ Brayden Schenn in second period of Tuesday night’s loss.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:07 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Flyers, NHL discipline, Tom Wilson

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Mikhail Grabovski returns to practice, likely to play against Hurricanes

Notes from Thursday’s practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:25 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Goalies, Injuries, Mikhail Grabovski, Practice update

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Oates defends Tom Wilson as Capitals await NHL discipline ruling

Coach Adam Oates maintains that Brayden Schenn could have avoided the brunt of Tom Wilson’s hit.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:04 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Flyers, NHL discipline, Tom Wilson

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 12/18/2013

Tom Wilson will have disciplinary hearing Thursday for hit on Brayden Schenn

The Capitals rookie could receive up to a five-game suspension for his hit.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:26 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Flyers, NHL discipline, Tom Wilson

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

Dmitry Orlov earning more responsibility with the Capitals

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

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

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 5-2 loss in Philadelphia

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ loss to the Flyers.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:28 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Flyers, Five thoughts, John Carlson, Tom Wilson

Posted at 12:30 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Adam Oates on Tom Wilson’s hit against Brayden Schenn: ‘It’s a clean hit’

The Capitals and Flyers react to Wilson’s hit on Brayden Schenn.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:30 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Flyers, NHL discipline, Tom Wilson

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 12/17/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Flyers

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit the Flyers Tuesday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:10 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Flyers, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 12/17/2013

Braden Holtby to start in Philadelphia; Brooks Laich skates for second straight day

News and notes from the Capitals’ morning skate in Philadelphia.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:14 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Brooks Laich, Caps-Flyers, Casey Wellman, Groin injuries, Injuries, Michael Latta, Roster moves

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Eric Fehr on shootouts: ‘It’s an easier way to get points in the regular season’

The Caps winger is a perfect five-for-five in shootouts, but he’s still not terribly fond of the tiebreak.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:15 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Fehr, Shootouts

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Mikhail Grabovski to miss second straight game, Capitals recall Casey Wellman

Washington has recalled AHL forward Casey Wellman.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:55 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Flyers, Casey Wellman, Hershey Bears, Injuries, Michael Latta, Mikhail Grabovski, Roster moves

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Alex Ovechkin named NHL first star of the week

The Caps star winger had quite the week with five goals and six points, but there’s still room for improvement Coach Adam Oates says.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:44 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, NHL, Star of the Week

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Mikhail Grabovski misses practice with the flu

News and notes from Capitals practice Monday.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:06 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Injuries, Mikhail Grabovski, Practice update

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

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

Notes and observations from the Capitals win over the Flyers.

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

Posted at 07:34 PM ET, 12/15/2013

Alex Ovechkin scores game-tying goal as Capitals rally for 5-4 shootout win against Flyers

Alex Ovechkin’s goal ties the game with less than a minute remaining to force overtime in Sunday’s win.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:34 PM ET, 12/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Flyers

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 12/15/2013

Open thread: Capitals vs Flyers

Discuss the game as the Caps host the Flyers Sunday afternoon.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:49 PM ET, 12/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Flyers, Lineups, Mikhail Grabovski, Open Thread

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 12/15/2013

Caps place Brooks Laich on injured reserve; Philipp Grubauer will start against Flyers

Pregame notes on Caps-Flyers.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:53 PM ET, 12/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Flyers, Lineups, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 12/14/2013

Erik Gudbranson won’t face supplemental discipline for hit against Eric Fehr

The Panthers defenseman won’t receive a suspension for his hit on Eric Fehr.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:13 PM ET, 12/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Panthers, Eric Fehr, Injuries, John Erskine, Michal Neuvirth, Practice update

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 12/14/2013

Anze Kopitar belongs in MVP talk

Along with Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, Anze Kopitar of the Kings should receive consideration.

By Neil Greenberg  |  10:18 AM ET, 12/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Statistical analysis

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 12/14/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 3-2 shootout loss to Florida

Notes and observations on Washington’s loss to the Panthers.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:26 AM ET, 12/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Panthers, Dmitry Orlov, Five thoughts, Nicklas Backstrom, Philipp Grubauer, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 12:23 AM ET, 12/14/2013

Capitals’ Eric Fehr returns to game after being hit in the head by Florida’s Erik Gudbranson

Eric Fehr: “That was a close call, definitely. It definitely stung me. I think I dodged a bullet there.“

By Katie Carrera  |  12:23 AM ET, 12/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Panthers, Eric Fehr, Hits to the head, Injuries, NHL discipline, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Panthers

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit the Panthers Friday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:58 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Panthers, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Philipp Grubauer to start against Panthers

Notes from the Capitals morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:27 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Panthers, Injuries, Lineups, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Adam Oates on Panthers: ‘Don’t take them lightly’

The Caps can’t afford to not take every opponent seriously.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:52 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Panthers, Karl Alzner

Posted at 07:20 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Philipp Grubauer making the most of his time with Capitals

The composed 22-year-old netminder has put the Caps at ease.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:20 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Goaltenders, Olie Kolzig, Philipp Grubauer, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 12/12/2013

Michal Neuvirth joins Hershey on conditioning stint

The Capitals’ netminder will test out his injured right ankle on a conditioning stint in Hershey this weekend.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:40 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hershey Bears, Injuries, Michal Neuvirth

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

John Erskine nearing return to Capitals’ lineup

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

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

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Oates on Brooks Laich skating: ‘I don’t want to get my hopes up’ (updated)

Notes from Capitals practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:51 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Groin injuries, Injuries, Practice update

Posted at 08:02 PM ET, 12/11/2013

Richard Panik suspended two games for boarding Karl Alzner

Check out the NHL’s suspension explanation.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:02 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Lightning, Karl Alzner, NHL, NHL discipline

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 12/11/2013

Could Alex Ovechkin join the 50 in 50 club?

It’s one of the NHL’s most revered milestones, and it’s not out of the realm of possibility for Ovechkin.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:41 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 12/11/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ win over Tampa Bay

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ win over Tampa Bay.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:29 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Five thoughts, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Philipp Grubauer, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 12:13 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Karl Alzner ‘fine’ after big hit from Tampa Bay’s Richard Panik (updated)

The Capitals defenseman said he’s doing well after being rattled by a big hit in the second period.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:13 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Lightning, Karl Alzner

Posted at 11:45 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Alex Ovechkin’s four-goal night fuels Capitals’ win

Watch all of Ovechkin’s goals against the Lightning.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:45 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Lightning

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Open thread: Capitals vs. Lightning

Discuss the game as the Capitals host Tampa Bay Tuesday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:15 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Lightning, Lineups, Open Thread, Patrick Wey, Roster moves

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

Dmitry Orlov moves into Capitals’ top four

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

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

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 12/10/2013

When will the NHL adopt advanced statistical analysis?

The NHL doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to embracing statistical analysis. But times may be changing.

By Neil Greenberg  |  01:00 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Statistical analysis

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Braden Holtby will start as Capitals host injury-ravaged Lightning

Notes from the Capitals morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:29 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Brooks Laich, Caps-Lightning, Injuries, Lineups, Michal Neuvirth

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Capitals create blueprint for success in back-to-back wins

Washington’s first set of consecutive regulation wins this year came with solid showings from start to finish.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:54 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-NYR, Caps-Preds, Jason Chimera, Karl Alzner

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 12/09/2013

Ovechkin leads league in quick strikes

No one in the league has directed more rubber on net within 10 seconds after a faceoff than Alex Ovechkin.

By Neil Greenberg  |  11:53 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Statistical analysis

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 12/09/2013

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

A three-goal outburst in the third period and an impressive outing for rookie goalie Philipp Grubauer paved the way to victory Sunday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:42 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-NYR, Five thoughts, Jason Chimera, Karl Alzner, Mikhail Grabovski, Steve Oleksy

Posted at 11:15 PM ET, 12/08/2013

Philipp Grubauer earns first NHL win in Capitals’ victory

The Capitals’ goaltending prospect was stellar with 30 saves against the Rangers.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:15 PM ET, 12/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-NYR, Jason Chimera, Karl Alzner, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 06:50 PM ET, 12/08/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Rangers

Discuss the game as the Caps visit the Rangers Sunday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:50 PM ET, 12/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-NYR, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 12/08/2013

Philipp Grubauer to start against Rangers

Pregame notes ahead of the Caps’ matchup with the Rangers.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:46 PM ET, 12/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Caps-NYR, Groin injuries, Injuries, Lineups, Michal Neuvirth, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 12/08/2013

Capitals and Rangers face off for second place in Metropolitan Division

Washington heads to New York looking to build off its first regulation win since Nov. 17.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:16 PM ET, 12/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-NYR, Eric Fehr, Lineups

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

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

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

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

Posted at 11:47 PM ET, 12/07/2013

Nate Schmidt records first NHL goal in Capitals win over Nashville

The rookie defenseman reaches a milestone.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:47 PM ET, 12/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Preds, Karl Alzner, Nate Schmidt

Posted at 06:31 PM ET, 12/07/2013

Open thread: Capitals vs. Predators

Discuss the game as the Capitals host the Nashville Predators Saturday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:31 PM ET, 12/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Preds, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 12/07/2013

Catching up with Matt Hendricks

The gritty winger returns to face the Capitals as a member of the Nashville Predators.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:09 PM ET, 12/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Preds, Matt Hendricks

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

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

Notes from the Capitals’ morning skate.

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

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 12/07/2013

Montreal’s Subban and Markov are NHL’s best defensive pair

The newly formed defensive pairing has quickly become the best in the NHL.

By Neil Greenberg  |  11:23 AM ET, 12/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Statistical analysis

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

Patrick Wey could make NHL debut this weekend

Oates on Patrick Wey and Steve Oleksy.

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

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 12/06/2013

Michal Neuvirth practices, doesn’t expect to play this weekend

Notes from Capitals practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:41 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Injuries, Michal Neuvirth, Philipp Grubauer, Practice update

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Brooks Laich on recurring groin injury: ‘It’s concerning’

It’s been more than a week since the Capitals forward skated, and it’s unclear when he will be back on the ice.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:12 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Groin injuries, Injuries

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Capitals recall Patrick Wey, reassign Tyson Strachan to Hershey (updated)

News and notes from Thursday’s practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:20 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Hershey Bears, Injuries, Michal Neuvirth, Patrick Wey, Practice update, Roster moves, Tom Wilson, Tyson Strachan

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 12/04/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-1 loss to Carolina

Notes and observations from the loss to Carolina.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:02 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Canes, Five thoughts, Karl Alzner, Mike Green, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 11:31 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Braden Holtby struggles in Capitals’ 4-1 loss to Carolina

Braden Holtby allows four goals on 23 shots through two periods against the Hurricanes.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:31 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Canes, Karl Alzner

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Open thread: Capitals vs. Hurricanes

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

By Katie Carrera  |  05:15 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Mike Green shouldn’t worry so much about goals, says Adam Oates

Adam Oates recently sat down with the Caps defenseman and told him not to focus on the lack of goals.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:30 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Mike Green

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 12/03/2013

Eric Fehr confident, making most of his time on Capitals’ second line

Notes from the Capitals morning skate

By Katie Carrera  |  11:45 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Canes, Eric Fehr, Injuries, John Erskine, Lineups, Michal Neuvirth

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 12/03/2013

Jack Hillen trying to stay positive in spite of another frustrating injury

Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen discusses his recovery from a fractured tibial plateau.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:15 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Jack Hillen

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Capitals will not loan Tom Wilson to Team Canada for World Juniors

Tom Wilson will stay with the Capitals, rather than take part in the World Junior Championships in Sweden

By Katie Carrera  |  12:49 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George McPhee, Tom Wilson, World Junior Championships

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Michal Neuvirth placed on injured reserve, Brooks Laich misses another practice with groin injury (update)

The backup goaltender will be eligible to return to the lineup Saturday against Nashville.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:14 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Goalies, Groin injuries, Injuries, Michal Neuvirth, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 12/01/2013

Washington Capitals remain enigmatic two months into the NHL season

Nearly a third of the way through the season, it’s impossible to predict which Capitals team will emerge for any given game.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:06 PM ET, 12/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Analysis, Braden Holtby, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 12/01/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ overtime win against the Islanders

Notes and observations from the win over the Islanders.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:03 AM ET, 12/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Volpatti, Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Isles, Dmitry Orlov, Five thoughts, Karl Alzner, Martin Erat

Posted at 12:31 AM ET, 12/01/2013

A look at the Capitals’ comeback against the Islanders

Three minutes and 58 seconds that saw the Caps go from losing to an overtime win Saturday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:31 AM ET, 12/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Isles, Nicklas Backstrom

 

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