A three rivers return

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For three members of the Capitals — including defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen — Saturday’s game in Pittsburgh will be a homecoming of sorts.

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Tom Wilson returns to lineup after ‘frustrating’ healthy scratch

Tom Wilson returns to lineup after ‘frustrating’ healthy scratch

Any anger, Wilson said, was directed at himself, because he saw the benching coming.

World Juniors roundup: Vrana scores twice on opening day

World Juniors roundup: Vrana scores twice on opening day

Czech goaltender Vitek Vanecek allowed five goals on opening day and Canadian defenseman Madison Bowey had two assists in the nightcap

Leftovers from Niskanen, Orpik talking Pittsburgh reunion

Leftovers from Niskanen, Orpik talking Pittsburgh reunion

The two former Penguins defensemen speak to re-signing with Pittsburgh, adjusting to life in Washington and the nebulous idea of organizational loyalty.

A three rivers return

A three rivers return

For three members of the Capitals — including defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen — Saturday’s game in Pittsburgh will be a homecoming of sorts.

New Jersey Devils fire coach Peter DeBoer, but don’t name immediate replacement

New Jersey Devils fire coach Peter DeBoer, but don’t name immediate replacement

Devils President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello confirmed the new Friday, but did not say why the decision was made.

Two more Pittsburgh Penguins have the mumps, as NHL outbreak continues

Two more Pittsburgh Penguins have the mumps, as NHL outbreak continues

A total of 20 NHL players across various teams have now come down with the virus.

After Christmas, Caps see measuring-stick matchup in Pittsburgh

After Christmas, Caps see measuring-stick matchup in Pittsburgh

With two players and one coach returning to their old team, Washington will be rested after the holidays to face the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins

Capitals’ point man for the Winter Classic

Capitals’ point man for the Winter Classic

Equipment manager Brock Myles has tried to anticipate every possible detail as the Capitals prepare for the Winter Classic at Nationals Park on New Year’s Day.

Watch Nationals Park convert into an ice rink for hockey’s Winter Classic

A time-lapse video shows layers of metal, wood and water spreading across the infield.

Alex Ovechkin grants young fan’s wish in bonus scenes from ‘Road to the NHL Winter Classic’

Alex Ovechkin grants young fan’s wish in bonus scenes from ‘Road to the NHL Winter Classic’

Lauren Santora ate breakfast and skated with her favorite player.

For weary Capitals, holiday rest comes at perfect time

For weary Capitals, holiday rest comes at perfect time

“Yeah I always think when you lose a game, you’d like to play again the next day,” defenseman Matt Niskanen said. “But it’s Christmas. We’ll take the time off for sure.”

Tom Wilson scratched, expected to return after Christmas

Plus notes on Andre Burakovsky’s return and how goaltender Braden Holtby handled the back-to-back.

Winter Classic concessions menu at Nationals Park

Winter Classic concessions menu at Nationals Park

Nationals Park will be selling the District Duel, which is a foot-long half smoke topped with Chicago style slow roasted Italian beef, at the Winter Classic.

‘Road to the NHL Winter Classic’ recap, Episode 2: Babies, ice cream and Mike Green’s speech

‘Road to the NHL Winter Classic’ recap, Episode 2: Babies, ice cream and Mike Green’s speech

The best moments from the second episode of Epix’s four-part series.

Postgame: In streak-busting loss, a tale of three periods

Postgame: In streak-busting loss, a tale of three periods

The Capitals emerged listless, then got worse in the second period, then rallied before falling in regulation for the first time since Dec. 2.

Rangers halt Capitals’ streak

Rangers halt Capitals’ streak

Washington’s nine-game run ends with a 4-2 loss in New York as third-period rally comes up short.

Capitals at Rangers: Pregame notes and Game 34 discussion thread

Capitals at Rangers: Pregame notes and Game 34 discussion thread

Braden Holtby will start both games of the back-to-back, while Andre Burakovsky and Nate Schmidt return to the lineup.

Jockeying together in the standings, Caps see ‘big’ game vs. Rangers

Jockeying together in the standings, Caps see ‘big’ game vs. Rangers

Only two points separate the Capitals from their Interstate 95 rivals, and that’s because Washington has played two more overtime games than the Rangers.

Capitals’ Joel Ward takes an ice bath and drags a log through the snow in Reebok’s Winter Classic ads

Capitals’ Joel Ward takes an ice bath and drags a log through the snow in Reebok’s Winter Classic ads

Images of Ward and Marian Hossa will greet fans at the Navy Yard station.

What Nationals Park will look like for the Winter Classic

What Nationals Park will look like for the Winter Classic

Architectural rendering features a lot of snow.

In 2-1 win over Ottawa, Capitals’ special teams stepped up

In 2-1 win over Ottawa, Capitals’ special teams stepped up

Washington’s recent surge had come primarily at even strength, but Nicklas Backstrom’s power play goal snapped an 0-for-9 stretch and moved the Capitals’ points streak to nine games.

With fifth goal this season, Jay Beagle sets new career-high

With fifth goal this season, Jay Beagle sets new career-high

“It was a muffin,” Beagle said, after scoring the first goal in the Capitals’ 2-1 win. “I missed my shot. But it went in. So I’ll take it.”

Postgame: Capitals clamped down with third-period lead

Postgame: Capitals clamped down with third-period lead

Plus notes on another benching for Tom Wilson and Mike Green rebounding from a costly gaffe.

Holtby, Backstrom propel the Capitals

Holtby, Backstrom propel the Capitals

Washington’s goalie makes 38 saves and center scores the go-ahead power-play goal in a 2-1 victory over Ottawa.

No, President Obama will not be attending the Winter Classic

No, President Obama will not be attending the Winter Classic

It seemed like the perfect opportunity for him to finally attend his first NHL game while in office, but just one problem: He will still be vacationing in Hawaii.

Capitals vs. Senators: Game 33 discussion thread

Capitals vs. Senators: Game 33 discussion thread

A brief stop home before New York City, then the holiday break, then two more Metropolitan Division showdowns before the New Year.

Capitals’ Braden Holtby pays tribute to Olie Kolzig with Winter Classic mask

Capitals’ Braden Holtby pays tribute to Olie Kolzig with Winter Classic mask

Holtby will also wear vintage-looking pads for outdoor game.

Zetterberg and Datsyuk key to Red Wings’ playoff hopes

Zetterberg and Datsyuk key to Red Wings’ playoff hopes

The Red Wings are being paced offensively yet again by Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, neither of whom seem to have noticed that they are in their mid-thirties.

Capitals waiting to decide whether Holtby plays back-to-back

Capitals waiting to decide whether Holtby plays back-to-back

Holtby recorded his second shutout of the season last weekend, but will the Capitals stick with him over this pre-Christmas back-to-back?

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