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Capitals Insider: January, 2014

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Open thread: Capitals at Red Wings

Discuss the game as the Capitals wrap up their road trip in Detroit.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:13 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Red Wings, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Capitals Coach Adam Oates: ‘You’ve got to be patient’

Oates talks about his approach after the Capitals’ latest discouraging loss.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:45 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Mike Green questionable to face Red Wings

News and notes from the morning skate at Joe Louis Arena.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:24 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Red Wings, Injuries, Lineups, Mike Green

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Capitals’ familiar errors show a team stuck in place, not improving

The Capitals’ debacle in Columbus shows there is a lot of work to do.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:35 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Blue Jackets, John Carlson, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 08:43 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Mike Green injured against Blue Jackets (updated)

The Capitals’ defenseman did not return to the contest.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:43 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Blue Jackets, Injuries, Mike Green

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Open thread: Capitals at Blue Jackets

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit Columbus for an important Metropolitan Division matchup.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:12 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Blue Jackets, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Braden Holtby to make third consecutive start

Notes from the morning skate at Nationwide Arena.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:31 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Caps-Blue Jackets, Lineups

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Capitals determined to not make same mistakes against Blue Jackets

The Capitals played one of their worst games of the year here two weeks ago and they’re determined to avoid a repeat performance.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:27 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Blue Jackets, Jason Chimera, Karl Alzner

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 01/29/2014

With busy schedule before Olympic break, Caps hold optional practice in Columbus

With six games in the 10 days left before the Olympic break, Oates wants to make sure players get enough rest.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:50 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Practice update

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Troy Brouwer not crashing the net

Capitals winger Troy Brouwer hasn’t been generating as many shots in high-traffic areas.

By Neil Greenberg  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Troy Brouwer

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 5-4 overtime win in Buffalo

Notes and observations from the win in Buffalo.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:05 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Sabres, Five thoughts, Mike Green, Power play, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 12:56 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Oates: Mike Weber’s dangerous hit on Nicklas Backstrom ‘should have been a penalty’

Should the Sabres’ defenseman receive supplemental discipline for his hit on Nicklas Backstrom?

By Katie Carrera  |  12:56 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Sabres, NHL discipline, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Open thread: Capitals at Sabres

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit Buffalo on Tuesday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:44 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sabres, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Brooks Laich a game-time decision against Sabres

News and notes from the morning skate in Buffalo.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:41 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Caps-Sabres, Lineups

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Capitals recall Ryan Stoa

Will the Caps be without another veteran forward in Buffalo?

By Katie Carrera  |  11:11 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Sabres, Injuries, Roster moves, Ryan Stoa

Posted at 07:42 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Tom Wilson learning to balance physicality, smart play

A recent hit reminded the Capitals rookie that his presence will bring scrutiny from officials.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:42 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, penalties, Tom Wilson

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Chemistry between Jay Beagle, Tom Wilson pays off for Caps

The hard-working fourth liners contributed to two of the Capitals’ six goals in back-to-back games last weekend.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:51 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Jason Chimera, Jay Beagle, Line combinations, Tom Wilson

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Mikhail Grabovski will not travel to Buffalo (updated)

News and notes from Monday’s practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:17 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Injuries, Mikhail Grabovski, Practice update

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 01/26/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ win in Montreal

Notes and observations on the Capitals’ win.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:02 AM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:27 PM ET, 01/25/2014

Alex Ovechkin returns, helps spark Capitals’ 5-0 win over Canadiens

A look at Ovechkin’s 36th goal of the season.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:27 PM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Habs, Groin injuries

Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 01/25/2014

Open thread: Capitals at Canadiens

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit Montreal Saturday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:41 PM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Habs, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 01/25/2014

Blackhawks’ fourth line is key part of their success

Brandon Bollig, Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith form the shutdown line for the defending Stanley Cup champions while contributing on the scoreboard as well.

By Neil Greenberg  |  04:44 PM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Brandon Bollig, Chicago Blackhawks, Marcus Kruger, Statistical analysis

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 01/25/2014

Alex Ovechkin skates, may return to Capitals’ lineup in Montreal

The star winger had an encouraging practice and hopes to face the Canadiens Saturday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:23 PM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Habs, Groin injuries, Injuries, Mikhail Grabovski

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 01/25/2014

Jack Hillen skates with Capitals, still no timetable for return

The defenseman made the trip this weekend and skated with his teammates for the first time since October, but there is still no timetable for his return.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:03 AM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Jack Hillen

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 01/25/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 2-1 loss to the Devils

Notes and observations from Friday’s loss in New Jersey.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:24 AM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Devils, Dmitry Orlov, Five thoughts, Jason Chimera, Michal Neuvirth, penalties

Posted at 11:19 PM ET, 01/24/2014

Mikhail Grabovski suffers apparent leg injury against Devils

The Capitals’ biggest loss might not have been on the scoreboard Friday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:19 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Devils, Injuries, Jason Chimera, Mikhail Grabovski

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 01/24/2014

Open thread: Capitals at Devils

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit New Jersey Friday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:10 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Devils, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 01/24/2014

Capitals’ Olympians not overly concerned about safety in Sochi

Around the NHL players are voicing their concerns about the security at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:11 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom, Sochi 2014

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 01/24/2014

Alex Ovechkin to miss second game with groin injury

News and notes from the morning skate in Newark.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:41 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Devils, Groin injuries, Injuries, John Erskine, Lineups, Michal Neuvirth

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Capitals hit the road with dads, mentors in tow

Perhaps this is a good time to have the players’ mentors along for the road trip.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:12 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Devils

Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Troy Brouwer looking to rediscover scoring touch

The veteran winger is riding a nine-game scoring drought heading into Friday’s game in New Jersey.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:45 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Forwards, Offense, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Adam Oates, Capitals not panicking amid six-game losing streak

Oates: “I can’t come in and all of a sudden turn into a different person. You’re going to have losing waves.“

By Katie Carrera  |  03:02 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Karl Alzner, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 01/23/2014

Alex Ovechkin sits out practice, questionable against Devils (updated)

The star right wing misses another skate with an undisclosed lower-body injury.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:01 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Injuries, Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 01/22/2014

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

Notes and observations from Washington’s latest loss at Verizon Center on Tuesday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:55 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Sens, Five thoughts, Mikhail Grabovski

Posted at 12:03 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Brooks Laich: ‘If you’re not winning, do something extra’

Veteran winger Brooks Laich has strong words after the Capitals’ sixth straight loss.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:03 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Sens

Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Open thread: Capitals vs. Senators

Discuss the game as the Capitals host the Senators Tuesday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:35 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sens, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Braden Holtby will start against Ottawa

Braden Holtby will make his first start since Jan. 4 on Tuesday night at Verizon Center.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:14 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Caps-Sens, Lineups

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Capitals recall Nate Schmidt, assign Steve Oleksy to Hershey

Washington makes a pair of moves on the blueline.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:31 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defensemen, Hershey Bears, Nate Schmidt, Roster moves, Steve Oleksy

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Alex Ovechkin game-time decision vs. Senators

The star right winger ended up missing Tuesday’s game with an undisclosed injury suffered Sunday.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:14 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Sens, Injuries

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Tinkering with lines won’t help Washington

A five-game losing streak has left the Capitals desperately searching for a spark to get them back in win column.

By Neil Greenberg  |  10:08 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Jason Chimera, Joe Beninati, Mikhail Grabovski

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 01/20/2014

Capitals place Steve Oleksy on waivers, send Grubauer to Hershey

Capitals shuffle roster in response to five-game losing streak.

By Chelsea Janes  |  01:56 PM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Michael Neuvirth, Philipp Grubauer, Steve Oleksy

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 01/20/2014

Alex Ovechkin appears on ‘Today Show’

Ovechkin tells Today Show that Sochi ‘won’t be dangerous.’

By Chelsea Janes  |  12:51 PM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Sochi Olympics

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/20/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-1 loss in New York

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

By Katie Carrera  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Rangers, Dmitry Orlov, Five thoughts, Martin Erat, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 11:47 PM ET, 01/19/2014

Alex Ovechkin after 4-1 loss to Rangers: ‘We say too much, go out there and do it’

The star right wing wants more action from the Capitals, who have fallen into a five-game losing streak.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:47 PM ET, 01/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Rangers, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 01/19/2014

Open thread: Capitals at Rangers

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit New York Sunday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:35 PM ET, 01/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Rangers, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 01/19/2014

Capitals hope to bounce back in ‘huge’ game against Rangers

Notes from the morning skate at Madison Square Garden.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:24 PM ET, 01/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Rangers, Jason Chimera, John Carlson, Line combinations, Lineups, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 01/18/2014

Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom reunited as Caps shuffle lines again

Notes from Washington’s Saturday practice in Columbus.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:14 PM ET, 01/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/18/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 5-1 loss to the Blue Jackets

Few if any positives can be taken from Washington’s loss to the Blue Jackets on Friday, a defeat replete with mental mistakes.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Blue Jackets, Five thoughts, John Carlson, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 11:09 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Tom Wilson’s unnecessary penalty costs Capitals in ugly loss

Every Capital made mistakes Friday night, but the rookie winger’s was particularly damaging.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:09 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Blue Jackets, penalties, Tom Wilson

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Open thread: Capitals at Blue Jackets

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit Columbus for an important Metropolitan Division matchup.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:08 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Blue Jackets, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Is Martin Brodeur costing New Jersey a playoff spot?

Despite goal support, Martin Brodeur may be costing the Devils a playoff spot.

By Neil Greenberg  |  04:58 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Statistical analysis

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Capitals can’t take balanced Blue Jackets lightly

Washington leery of a let-down against the Blue Jackets.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:35 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Blue Jackets, Karl Alzner

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Capitals stay positive, confident in play despite three-game losing streak

News and notes from the morning skate in Columbus.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:44 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Blue Jackets, Karl Alzner, Lineups, Martin Erat, Philipp Grubauer, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Should the Capitals re-sign Mikhail Grabovski?

The center says he would like to stay in Washington.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:05 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Contracts, Mikhail Grabovski

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-3 loss in Pittsburgh

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

By Katie Carrera  |  10:04 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Caps-Pens, connor carrick, Dmitry Orlov, Five thoughts, Jason Chimera, John Erskine, Marcus Johansson

Posted at 01:16 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Adam Oates on Capitals coughing up late lead against Penguins: ‘We blew it’

A look at the Penguins’ game-winning goal and the play that led to it.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:16 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Pens

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Open thread: Capitals at Penguins

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit the Metropolitan Division leading Penguins Wednesday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:43 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Pens, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Michal Neuvirth to start against Penguins

Pregame notes ahead of tonight’s showdown between the Caps and Pens.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:58 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Pens, Lineups, Michal Neuvirth

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Alex Ovechkin to make “Today Show” appearance

Watch out morning television, Ovi’s coming.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  10:21 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Sochi 2014

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 2-1 shootout loss to the Sharks

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ loss to San Jose.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:54 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Sharks, Five thoughts, Shootouts

Posted at 11:36 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Alex Ovechkin’s bad-angle goal against the Sharks

Watch Alex Ovechkin’s 33rd goal of the season, a laser from a sharp angle.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:36 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Sharks

Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Open thread: Capitals vs. Sharks

Discuss the game as the Caps host the Sharks Tuesday night at Verizon Center.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:16 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sharks, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Adam Oates sees similarities between Joe Thornton, Tom Wilson

Like Tom Wilson, Sharks captain Joe Thornton was seldom used in his rookie season too.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:42 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Sharks, Tom Wilson

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 01/14/2014

Philipp Grubauer set to start against Sharks

News and notes from the Capitals’ morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:50 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sharks, Lineups, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 2-1 shootout loss to the Sabres

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ loss.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:47 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Caps-Sabres, Five thoughts, Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Philipp Grubauer, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 07:55 PM ET, 01/12/2014

Ryan Miller continues his mastery of Capitals

Sabres star goaltender Ryan Miller makes a highlight reel stop late in regulation against the Capitals.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:55 PM ET, 01/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sabres, Mikhail Grabovski, Ryan Miller

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 01/12/2014

Open thread: Capitals vs. Sabres

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

By Katie Carrera  |  01:26 PM ET, 01/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sabres, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 01/12/2014

Determining starter vs. Sabres another ‘difficult decision’ for Oates

Who should start against the league-worst Sabres?

By Katie Carrera  |  10:06 AM ET, 01/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Goalies

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 01/11/2014

Agent: Capitals and Mikhail Grabovski have begun talks on contract extension

Mikhail Grabovski’s agent says the center is “comfortable” in Washington.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:42 PM ET, 01/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Contracts, Mikhail Grabovski

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 01/11/2014

Maple Leafs failing to live up to expectations, but that shouldn’t be a surprise

The statistics show that Toronto had luck on its side last season, and that fortune is evening out this season.

By Neil Greenberg  |  11:32 AM ET, 01/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Randy Carlyle, Statistical analysis, Toronto Maple Leafs

Posted at 11:35 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Joel Ward’s game-winning goal against Toronto

The veteran winger scores his 13th goal of the season with his mom in the stands.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:35 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Leafs, Joel Ward, Power play

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Open thread: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs

Discuss the game as the Capitals host the Maple Leafs Friday night at Verizon Center.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:14 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Leafs, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Michal Neuvirth to start against Maple Leafs

The 25-year-old netminder will make his first appearance since Nov. 22.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:42 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Leafs, Goalies, Lineups, Michal Neuvirth

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-3 win over Tampa Bay

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

By Katie Carrera  |  08:26 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Lightning, Eric Fehr, Five thoughts, Marcus Johansson, Mike Green, Mikhail Grabovski

Posted at 12:23 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Philipp Grubauer’s split save against the Lightning

Watch the rookie netminder’s highlight-reel save from Thursday’s 4-3 win in Tampa.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:23 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Lightning, Goalies, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Open thread: Capitals at Lightning

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:27 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Lightning, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Philipp Grubauer to start, Martin Erat a healthy scratch against Lightning

News and notes from the morning skate in Tampa.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:39 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Volpatti, Caps-Lightning, connor carrick, Lineups, Martin Erat, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Capitals prepare for fast-paced Lightning

Even without Steven Stamkos, the Lightning are one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:14 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Lightning

Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Tom Wilson churns through rookie season as fourth-liner

The 19-year-old right wing averages the lowest ice time of all NHL rookies who have played at least 35 games this season.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:35 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Forwards, Tom Wilson

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

Capitals recall Connor Carrick

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

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

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Alex Urbom claimed by Devils; Capitals may recall a defenseman

News and notes from Capitals practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:44 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Urbom, Hershey Bears, Roster moves

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 01/08/2014

Olie Kolzig on Caps’ goaltending battle: ‘It will sort itself out’

Capitals goaltending coach Olie Kolzig discusses the ongoing drama in Washington’s goal.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:15 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Goalies, Michal Neuvirth, Olie Kolzig

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

Capitals place Alex Urbom on waivers

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

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

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin named to Russian Olympic team

Washington’s star right wing will appear in his third Olympics.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:44 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Russian Olympic team, Sochi 2014

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Nicklas Backstrom named to Swedish Olympic team

Washington’s top center will make his second Olympic appearance.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:18 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Sochi 2014, Swedish Olympic team

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Capitals won’t retool struggling penalty kill

Penalty killers are focusing on preventing shots from getting through, rather than traffic in front.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:35 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Czech Olympic team, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Martin Erat, Michal Neuvirth, Penalty Kill, Sochi 2014

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Brooks Laich moves into top six, Marcus Johansson down to third line

Brooks Laich jumps into the top six, while Marcus Johansson moves down to center the third line.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:52 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Line combinations, Marcus Johansson, Practice update

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 01/06/2014

Washington leads NHL in quick-response goals against

This is not a category in which you want to lead the league.

By Neil Greenberg  |  10:40 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 01/05/2014

Capitals searching for balance in new top-six configuration

Can the Capitals find chemistry in the top six with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom separated?

By Katie Carrera  |  03:16 PM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Line combinations, Mikhail Grabovski, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 01/05/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 5-3 loss in Minnesota

Notes and observations from Washington’s fourth straight defeat.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:48 AM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Wild, Five thoughts, Mike Green, Penalty Kill

Posted at 01:01 AM ET, 01/05/2014

Braden Holtby: ‘It’s all about getting the confidence back’

The Capitals goaltender acknowledges that his confidence has been shaken by recent struggles.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:01 AM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Wild, Goalies

Posted at 06:54 PM ET, 01/04/2014

Open thread: Capitals at Wild

Discuss the game as the Capitals visit the Wild.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:54 PM ET, 01/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Wild, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 01/04/2014

Braden Holtby to start against Wild

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

By Katie Carrera  |  02:13 PM ET, 01/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Brooks Laich, Caps-Wild, Lineups, Martin Erat

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 01/04/2014

Rangers’ Chris Kreider is top rookie in first half of NHL season

The power forward’s contributions go beyond the scoresheet, making him the most deserving candidate for the Calder trophy at the season’s halfway point.

By Neil Greenberg  |  10:45 AM ET, 01/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Calder Trophy, Chris Kreider, rookie of the year, Statistical analysis

Posted at 07:22 PM ET, 01/03/2014

Braden Holtby determined to improve while waiting for next start

Oates shares some insight into how he’s selected the starting goaltender this week.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:22 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Goalies, Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 01/03/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-3 overtime loss to Carolina

Notes and observations from Thursday’s game.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:26 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Caps-Canes, Dmitry Orlov, Five thoughts, Mike Green, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 11:33 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Quick response goals cost Capitals in loss to Hurricanes

Washington has allowed 22 goals this season within 2 minutes and 30 seconds of scoring itself.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:33 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Caps-Canes

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Open thread: Capitals vs. Hurricanes

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

By Katie Carrera  |  05:12 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Lineups, Open Thread

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Adam Oates searching for a spark by splitting up Ovechkin, Backstrom

Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom are split as Coach Adam Oates experiments with chemistry.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:34 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Canes, Injuries, Line combinations, Lineups

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 01/02/2014

Capitals stick with Philipp Grubauer

The rookie netminder will make his ninth start in the past 12 games.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:32 AM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Canes, Goalies, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 01/01/2014

Capitals’ John Carlson named to 2014 U.S. Olympic team (updated)

The Capitals defenseman will represent the United States in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:57 PM ET, 01/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, John Carlson, Sochi 2014, U.S. Olympic men's hockey team, USA Hockey

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

Adam Oates shuffles lines; Alex Ovechkin skates with Mikhail Grabovski and Eric Fehr

The Capitals have new forward lines in Wednesday’s practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:50 PM ET, 01/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Injuries, Jack Hillen, Line combinations, Mikhail Grabovski, Practice update

 

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