Capitals Insider: Morning Roundup

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 03/02/2011

Quote of the night from Jason Arnott: 'I can't hold anything back'

Jason Arnott knows that part of the reason the Capitals wanted to trade for him was to add another experienced leader into the dressing room. He's won a Stanley Cup, been an NHL captain, played over 1,000 regular season games, and even though he is the new guy in the...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:32 AM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:51 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Monday morning must-read: How the Capitals demonstrated the art of the rebuild

On the day of the NHL's trade deadline, The Globe and Mail decided to take a look at the unpleasant side of this day that captures the attention (and imagination) of hockey followers unlike any other time in the regular season: How unsuccessful teams sell off assets to rebuild. The...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:51 AM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:34 AM ET, 01/06/2011

Recapping HBO's '24/7' finale: Capitals, Penguins face off in Winter Classic

If there was any question about the mutual dislike between the Capitals and Penguins, viewers of the final episode of HBO's "24/7" series got another front-row seat to the animosity between the two clubs. While the Winter Classic's postponement and ultimate outcome were already known prior to the finale, another...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:34 AM ET, 01/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:58 AM ET, 01/05/2011

Capitals get another crack at Tampa Bay in short time

The Washington Capitals invested plenty both emotionally and physically in last night's game against Tampa Bay, and although they lost in overtime, 1-0, a handful of players took some solace knowing the team played well defensively and gets another crack at the Lightning soon. After coming out a bit flat...

By Gene Wang  |  07:58 AM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 12/31/2010

Caps-Penguins rivalry isn't limited to NHL

On Thursday night, 13,567 people in Consol Energy Center watched the Hershey Bears claim a 1-0 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Among the crowd were several former and still-partial Bears who are currently playing and practicing with the Capitals. While all levels of any NHL organization are linked, the Capitals...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:01 AM ET, 12/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 12/30/2010

Capitals' equipment staff ready for the Winter Classic

Brock Myles, the Capitals' head equipment manager, has stockpiled as many cold-weather layering pieces and various other accoutrements that the players might need when they take to the outdoor rink at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh for the NHL's Winter Classic. Unfortunately for Myles and the rest of the Capitals' equipment...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:15 AM ET, 12/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:21 AM ET, 12/29/2010

Capitals deliver early-season salvo against Montreal

It wasn't exactly a vanquishing because such seminal moments rarely unfold during the regular season, but Washington's 3-0 victory over Montreal last night was about as satisfying and complete as any so far, especially for a club bent on prospering during the playoffs after flaming out in the first round...

By Gene Wang  |  08:21 AM ET, 12/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 AM ET, 12/28/2010

The challenge of building an outdoor rink

As anyone who has ever tried to make a rink in their backyard knows, building a hockey-worthy ice surface outdoors isn't an easy task. Constructing a playing surface for the best hockey players in the world is a little more stressful and requires even more precision. On Monday, NHL Facilities...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:14 AM ET, 12/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:28 AM ET, 12/27/2010

Alex Ovechkin's strong game against the Hurricanes

Perhaps one of the biggest things to come out of Sunday night's 3-2 win over Carolina for the Capitals was that it was a strong game for Alex Ovechkin. Not only did he snap his latest goal-scoring drought at eight games (he had a nine-game stretch without a goal from...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:28 AM ET, 12/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:18 AM ET, 12/24/2010

Fantastic Fleury saves the Pens

The latest installment of the Capitals-Penguins rivalry appeared to get off to exactly the start Washington would have wished for. Forward Brooks Laich broke free for a scoring chance off a takeaway just 30 seconds into the contest. Captain Alex Ovechkin soon followed with consecutive knockdown hits on Pittsburgh's Evgeni...

By Mark Giannotto  |  07:18 AM ET, 12/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:09 AM ET, 12/23/2010

Episode 2 of 24/7: There's a lobster in your jacket

Buzz awaiting for the second episode of HBO's "24/7" escalated even more after the Capitals snapped their losing streak with a 3-2 win in Ottawa this past Sunday. People wanted to know what was said in the locker room in between the first and second period, what helped the Capitals...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:09 AM ET, 12/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 12/22/2010

More on Andrew Gordon's first NHL goal

Scoring that first goal is a moment that players wait for when they start getting a crack at the NHL, but when it happened for Andrew Gordon last night in the Capitals' 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils he didn't know quite what to do. "It was good. I...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:06 AM ET, 12/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:34 AM ET, 12/21/2010

Mathieu Perreault still seeking consistency

Sitting at his locker on Monday afternoon, Mathieu Perreault said he aspires mostly for consistency -- creating opportunities with his passing on a game-to-game basis. So his two-goal performance that sparked the Capitals to a 3-2 win on Sunday against the Ottawa Senators was distinctive as much because Perreault does...

By Paul Tenorio  |  07:34 AM ET, 12/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 12/20/2010

Penalty kill comes up big for Caps against Senators

Michal Neuvirth said he lived the waning moments of the Capitals' eventual 3-2 win over Ottawa "minute to minute" and for good reason. There couldn't have been a more tense scenario in the third period as Washington killed off three penalties in the final 13 minutes of regulation to preserve...

By Katie Carrera  |  09:52 AM ET, 12/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 12/17/2010

George McPhee's take on the first episode of HBO's '24/7'

Before each episode of HBO's "24/7" airs, both the Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins are shown a rough version of their team's footage in upcoming show. They don't have editing powers, but if they object to certain strategy or injury information being aired, they can voice concerns to the producers....

By Katie Carrera  |  07:32 AM ET, 12/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:40 AM ET, 12/16/2010

The importance of continuing defensive intensity

With a six-game losing streak burdening the Capitals entering last night's game against Anaheim, Coach Bruce Boudreau used Tuesday's practice in part to install a game plan that paid much attention to defense. The challenge then became if his players would carry it out to a level that would yield...

By Gene Wang  |  06:40 AM ET, 12/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 12/15/2010

On the Capitals' quest for balance

The Capitals entered this season determined to win the right way, to learn how to shut teams down, to not be the team that wins games by a score of 6-4 all the time but to do all that without sacrificing their potent offense. To fully complete that transition and...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:06 AM ET, 12/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:12 AM ET, 12/14/2010

Could Ovechkin's fight be a lasting spark?

It's not a common scene to see the NHL's most skilled players, and captains, dropping the gloves in a fight. When they do, there's usually good reason. When Alex Ovechkin fought Brandon Dubinsky at center ice on Sunday it was a combination of frustration boiling over and trying to spark...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:12 AM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:24 AM ET, 12/13/2010

How the losing streak has impacted the Caps' place in the standings

In 13 games since Nov. 19 the Capitals have earned just 10 points. Washington still stands in first place in the Southeast Division, second in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the NHL. But the cushion the Capitals had built for themselves in the standings has largely disappeared. The Capitals...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:24 AM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:20 AM ET, 12/10/2010

Caps dealing with adversity after fourth straight loss

Last night, Coach Bruce Boudreau called out most of the Capitals' regular point producers, naming Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin, Mike Green, Brooks Laich and Mike Knuble as those not living up to their offensive responsibilities. "Those are our best players, and if they're not going to score and...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:20 AM ET, 12/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:53 AM ET, 12/09/2010

Caps trying to learn from past mistakes

On Monday against Toronto, the Capitals not only failed to find their killer instinct but stopped playing. Shift lengths grew longer, positioning became lax and nearly every bad habit in the book surfaced for Washington en route to a 5-4 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs. The Capitals are still...

By Katie Carrera  |  06:53 AM ET, 12/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 12/07/2010

Mathieu Perreault shines in loss to Leafs

If there was one bright spot in Washington's 5-4 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs Monday night, it was likely the play of center Mathieu Perreault. In his fourth game with the Capitals this season on his second call-up stint of the year, Perreault tallied the first two-goal game of...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:32 AM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 12/06/2010

Capitals' penalty kill must stay sharp

After the Thrashers defeated the Capitals, 3-1, on Saturday night, Atlanta Coach Craig Ramsay said that the third goal was the result of a set play his team had drawn up to try to counteract the Capitals' penalty kill. Heading into the contest, Washington had killed 11 of 13 penalties...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:02 AM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:41 AM ET, 12/03/2010

Despite loss, a 'full 60 minutes' from the Caps in Dallas

After losing, 2-1, in Dallas, Matt Hendricks remarked that regardless of the mess of penalties in the second period, Thursday night's tilt was a "a good, full 60 minutes of hockey." Although the loss left the Capitals feeling upset, the contest was the type of game they're learning to play...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:41 AM ET, 12/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:16 AM ET, 12/02/2010

Dissecting a winning streak

There's little question that ever since their brief three-game losing skid, the Capitals have righted the ship for more even-keeled games. They head into Dallas on Thursday with the chance to tie the season's longest winning streak with the bounces -- and more -- going their way. So numerically, what...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:16 AM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 12/01/2010

Capitals looking forward to facing Jaroslav Halak

Word out of the St. Louis camp was that the Blues intend on starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak when the Capitals visit the Gateway to the West on Wednesday. While last spring may seem like a long time ago, there's no mistaking that Washington wouldn't mind putting a few pucks behind...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:04 AM ET, 12/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 11/30/2010

Alex Ovechkin fourth in All-Star fan balloting after two weeks

*All-Star voting update after two weeks: It's not lookin' good for Alex Ovechkin, who's in fourth place among forwards with 120,966 votes. Who's in first? Yep, you know it. *The Caps visit the FBI training academy, shoot at stuff and blow things up as a teambuilding exercise. Watching at home,...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  09:48 AM ET, 11/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:12 AM ET, 11/26/2010

Caps-Lightning: A rivalry renewed

With the success of the new and improved Tampa Bay Lightning it adds an extra level of rivalry to the Capitals' Southeast Division Schedule. Heading into Friday's game at Verizon Center, the Lightning is one of the hottest team in the NHL. Tampa Bay has won five straight games, has...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:12 AM ET, 11/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 11/25/2010

The Ovechkin and Backstrom the Caps know and expect

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. In recent games there was little denying that neither Alex Ovechkin nor Nicklas Backstrom were playing with the swagger everyone in Washington has grown accustomed to in recent seasons. Yesterday morning, Coach Bruce Boudreau said he firmly believed that both players would work their way out of...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:04 AM ET, 11/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 11/24/2010

Get to know another high-impact rookie

This season the Capitals have welcomed some of the NHL's top rookies into the fold. Michal Neuvirth leads all first-year goaltenders in wins with 12 and is tied for the overall best mark as well, while John Carlson is the highest scoring rookie defenseman. Whenever Washington faces Carolina, viewers get...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:53 AM ET, 11/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 11/23/2010

Boudreau looked to spark Caps' stars with line changes

Coach Bruce Boudreau moved Alex Ovechkin to a line with Marcus Johansson and Matt Bradley in the middle of Monday night's 5-0 loss to New Jersey when the game was already out of hand in the Devils' favor. Meanwhile, his linemates Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin played with Matt Hendricks...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:42 AM ET, 11/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:13 AM ET, 11/19/2010

Caps talk about the stabilizing ability of a strong penalty kill

Just when it seemed as though the Buffalo Sabres had tipped the balance on the ice completely in their favor Wednesday night, the Capitals caught a break by way of a penalty on one of their own. When Alex Ovechkin went off for delay of game in the second period,...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:13 AM ET, 11/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 11/18/2010

Bruce Boudreau and the Capitals' search for lines that 'click'

Coach Bruce Boudreau has never hesitated to experiment with line combinations in his coaching career, in fact, it's something he's done regularly during his time in Washington. The alignment he used in a 4-2 win against Buffalo Wednesday night is the most altered one so far this season, and following...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:50 AM ET, 11/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 11/17/2010

Caps' young defensemen are learning on the job

Throughout the summer, questions were raised as to whether the Capitals' young defensemen -- John Carlson and Karl Alzner -- were ready to handle a substantial role in the NHL. While both will tell you they're still learning on the job, both believe that the more they play, the more...

By Katie Carrera  |  09:51 AM ET, 11/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 11/16/2010

Capitals get a rare practice day

The Washington Capitals have the best record in the NHL, they sit atop the league standings with 27 points and they've played seven games in 12 days so far in November. That last note doesn't leave much time for a complete regular practice, especially when factoring in recovery time for...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:56 AM ET, 11/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 11/15/2010

The importance of the Caps' fourth line

Even as the Capitals struggled in the second period against the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday, Washington's fourth line stood out. It created offensive chances in a frame with few by doing what it does best --forechecking, cycling and making something out of seemingly nothing plays. Coach Bruce Boudreau has always...

By Katie Carrera  |  10:38 AM ET, 11/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:11 AM ET, 11/12/2010

Mike Knuble's sneaky goal

If there's anyone with the proper perspective to not get too discouraged by a scoring slump, it's probably Mike Knuble. He's been through most imaginable situations during his NHL career and always believed he'd snap out of the funk that saw him go 13 games between goals. It just didn't...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:11 AM ET, 11/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 11/11/2010

Morning roundup: All-Star Game reactions

Here are some links to get the day rolling before the Capitals get their first look at the new-and-improved Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at Verizon Center. --The Caps made a few noteworthy radio appearances on Wednesday. First up, Brooks Laich on NHL Live, which includes the quote below with his...

By Katie Carrera  |  09:55 AM ET, 11/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 11/10/2010

Almost a Gordie Howe hat trick for Matt Hendricks

When the officials escorted Matt Hendricks off the ice following a scrum with the New York Rangers' Michael Sauer Tuesday night, he appeared to be one third of the way en route to a Gordie Howe hat trick -- a fight, goal and an assist in one game. Hendricks himself...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:10 AM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 11/09/2010

Capitals want to take advantage of busy November schedule

The month of November is a busy one for the Capitals, who know this is also the time that they can begin to pull away from the rest of the Eastern Conference. Washington enters tonight's game against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden sitting atop the conference standings with 20...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:03 AM ET, 11/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 11/08/2010

Caps' third line finding a rhythm

In the past three games that Jason Chimera, Boyd Gordon and Eric Fehr have played together on the Capitals' third line, there has been little mistaking their chemistry with each other or the dividends that result from their blue-collar approach. There were stretches against the Maple Leafs, Bruins and Flyers...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:52 AM ET, 11/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 11/05/2010

Poll: Are you surprised by Michal Neuvirth's play?

All season, and the past few days in particular, Coach Bruce Boudreau and the Capitals have had a lot of good things to say about goaltender Michal Neuvirth. The team never really imagined that they'd be relying primarily on one of their 22-year-old goaltenders so early in the season, but...

By Katie Carrera  |  09:49 AM ET, 11/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:08 AM ET, 11/03/2010

First period looms large for Caps

The Capitals understand the kind of opportunity they're presented with in a month where nine of 14 games will be played in the friendly confines of Verizon Center. They are 4-1 at home so far this season and finished with the league's best home record in 2009-10 with a 30-5-6...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:08 AM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:23 AM ET, 11/02/2010

Back at home, Caps seeking stability

The Caps resurfaced for practice in Arlington yesterday after their three-game, three-time zone road trip last week, and the players seemed happy to be back at home after a taxing few days. The team allowed just four goals during the trip, and Coach Bruce Boudreau spoke yesterday about continuing to...

By Greg Schimmel  |  06:23 AM ET, 11/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:20 AM ET, 11/01/2010

After mixed-bag road trip, Caps looking for balance

While a confidence-boosting, 7-2 victory in Calgary on Saturday night ended a three-game road trip on a high note, it also highlighted the inconsistency in the Caps' play early this season because it followed a game in which they could barely handle the puck, let alone score. Now that the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  06:20 AM ET, 11/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 10/29/2010

Capitals seek a faster start

Last season, the Capitals consistently got off to fast starts in games. They tallied more first-period goals (92) than any other club and were first to score in 52 of their regular-season contests. In the small sample that is the first 10 games of the 2010-11 season, the Capitals have...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:13 AM ET, 10/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 10/28/2010

Mike Green says he's nearly back to normal

Although he played nearly nine minutes in the first period of the Capitals' 3-0 win over Carolina last night, Mike Green didn't look completely comfortable yet. In his first full game back after missing three contests with a shoulder injury, Green was passing up open opportunities to take slap shots...

By Katie Carrera  |  09:57 AM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 10/27/2010

On Mathieu Perreault and making the most of each call up

Mathieu Perreault let out a deep sigh as he sat in his stall in the dressing room at Kettler Capitals Iceplex Tuesday and looked around. With all of the injuries that mixed up the Capitals' lineup, who was on injured reserve and who wasn't, he was just glad to still...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:26 AM ET, 10/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 10/26/2010

Pick 'em: How many games should Michal Neuvirth start on the road trip?

When the Capitals elected to reassign Dany Sabourin to Hershey yesterday and bring up Braden Holtby, 21, a logical conclusion was that the latter could potentially have the opportunity to make his NHL debut, should the team elect to give Michal Neuvirth a rest during their first major road trip....

By Katie Carrera  |  10:04 AM ET, 10/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 10/22/2010

Capitals are missing Mike Green

In each of the past three games, the Capitals have fallen to a two-goal deficit to start the contest. They've also gone 2-for-13 on the power play during that same span. While neither occurrence is singly responsible for Washington's 1-2 record over the past seven days, they haven't helped either....

By Katie Carrera  |  08:55 AM ET, 10/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 10/21/2010

Boudreau: 'Ovi's got to create space for Ovi'

The Boston Bruins, and particularly towering 6-foot-9 defenseman and captain Zdeno Chara, have often made life a little more difficult for Alex Ovechkin. He's tallied 23 points in 21 career games against the Bruins and 19 points in 17 games during Chara's time in Boston. "It's a challenge. Not just...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:52 AM ET, 10/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 10/20/2010

Capitals consider more traffic in front of opposing nets

The Capitals became the latest witness to the Tim Thomas renaissance Tuesday night, as the 36-year-old goaltender stopped 35 of 36 shots, including all 18 Washington tried in the third period. He's only allowed two goals on 97 shots over three games this season (.979 save percentage, 0.67 GAA) and...

By Katie Carrera  |  09:17 AM ET, 10/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 10/19/2010

Capitals, Bruins each balancing two goaltenders

The Capitals are far from the only team prepared to split the responsibilities in net between two goaltenders. While it's uncertain whether Michal Neuvirth will get his sixth consecutive start or if Semyon Varlamov, who told John Buccigross he would start Thursday, will make his season debut for the Capitals...

By Katie Carrera  |  09:02 AM ET, 10/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:21 AM ET, 10/15/2010

Capitals 'need to win the right way'

The Washington Capitals know they haven't played their best hockey. But after going 3-1 through their first week of the 2010-11 season, they're also rather pleased that even though some games weren't perfect, they still found a way to win. The key between taking the glass half full or half...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:21 AM ET, 10/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 10/14/2010

Capitals' penalty kill remains perfect

Not to be overlooked from the Capitals' 2-1 win over the Islanders Wednesday night was the importance, once again, of Washington's new-and-improved penalty kill. With a 3-for-3 showing against the Isles, the Capitals improved to 15-for-15 on the season. They're currently tied with Edmonton (9-for-9) and Florida (2-for-2) atop the...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:29 AM ET, 10/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 10/12/2010

Capitals' power play off to a slow start

After the Ottawa Senators tied the game at 2-2 on a goal by Ryan Shannon in the third period Monday night, the Capitals were presented with a timely opportunity. Ottawa's Peter Regin went off for hooking midway through the period, giving Washington its fourth power play of the contest. But...

By Katie Carrera  |  09:28 AM ET, 10/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 10/07/2010

As season opens, Caps keep a long-term focus

While other teams turn to veteran free agents to fill roster holes, the Washington Capitals have protected the integrity of their salary cap by making a commitment to young talent. "We're starting Friday night with 11 of our own first-round picks in the lineup," General Manager George McPhee said. "The...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  09:34 AM ET, 10/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 10/06/2010

Marcus Johansson is 'only going to get better'

In addition to echoing praise of Marcus Johansson given by Coach Bruce Boudreau and GM George McPhee, a few of the Capitals' veteran players expressed a particular sentiment about their now 20-year-old teammate who earned a spot on the opening night roster. "He looks like little mini Backie when he's...

By Katie Carrera  |  10:01 AM ET, 10/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 10/05/2010

Caps roster cuts around the corner

On the eve of the NHL's roster cut-down deadline, don't be surprised if the Capitals make some of their decisions and re-assignment moves today. Of the forwards still fighting for those open positions, Andrew Gordon and Matt Hendricks would need to clear waivers if they were assigned to Hershey. "It's...

By Katie Carrera  |  09:09 AM ET, 10/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 10/04/2010

The home stretch of training camp

Following a wake-up call from the Predators on Sunday, the Capitals were even more focused on getting to the regular season and moving on to games that count. "I think as a group we just want the real stuff to start," Tom Poti said. "The preseason really doesn't mean much....

By Katie Carrera  |  09:34 AM ET, 10/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 10/01/2010

Poll: Do you like the new, tougher Capitals?

In two preseason games this week, two Capitals players -- D.J. King and Matt Hendricks -- fought. The former to remind everyone what it's like to have a heavyweight in the room again, the latter to make sure opponents knew that any slight against Alex Ovechkin would not go unnoticed....

By Katie Carrera  |  10:43 AM ET, 10/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 09/30/2010

McPhee on Nylander: 'We're looking for the next generation of players'

I had the chance to catch up with Capitals General Manager George McPhee about yesterday's news that center Michael Nylander had been loaned to the Florida Panthers' AHL affiliate, the Rochester Amerks. The ongoing search to find somewhere for Nylander, 38, to play for the remainder of his current contract...

By Katie Carrera  |  09:47 AM ET, 09/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:26 AM ET, 09/29/2010

D.J. King as the Capitals' 'big brother'

On his second shift as a Capital, D.J. King decided to get the first fight out of the way and maybe show his new team that he has more than just a reputation as an NHL heavyweight. King convinced Boston's Shawn Thornton to drop the gloves for a rather lengthy...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:26 AM ET, 09/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:42 AM ET, 09/28/2010

Capitals plan for a more aggressive penalty kill

One of the main points of emphasis for the Capitals this season is trying to improve the penalty kill. The inability to consistently kill penalties was a glaring weak point for the team last year, as Washington finishing 25th in the NHL at 78.8 percent in 2009-10 and it's an...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:42 AM ET, 09/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 09/27/2010

Another round of Caps cuts on the way

With Hershey's first on-ice practice scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday (per Tim Leone), there will be another round of cuts after two groups skate at KCI. The first practice is underway and the second should conclude around 1 p.m. Who should stay? Who should go? Here are the players who...

By Katie Carrera  |  10:35 AM ET, 09/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 09/25/2010

Morning roundup: Caps stick to the D they know

Instead of overhauling their defense this summer, the Capitals chose to bolster it from within the organization. Up-and-comers John Carlson and Karl Alzner will get the chance to step up and help this group prove it's got lasting power. "I think our defense is obviously underrated," veteran Tom Poti said....

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  11:06 AM ET, 09/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 09/24/2010

Who ya got?: Capitals' open roster spots

As the Capitals prepare to head into their second preseason game Saturday against Nashville (which will be broadcast on AM 1500, I'm told) the fight for likely two open forward spots continues at a breakneck pace. With 12 players under one-way contracts (not counting Michael Nylander) and the Capitals intending...

By Katie Carrera  |  11:32 AM ET, 09/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 09/23/2010

Capitals and Penguins to be featured in HBO's "24/7"

As many of you may know by now, HBO's "24/7" will air a four-episode all-access series on the Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins leading up to this year's Winter Classic on New Year's Day. The show will debut on Dec. 15 at 10 p.m. (EST), while the ensuing episodes will air...

By Katie Carrera  |  11:12 AM ET, 09/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 09/22/2010

Neuvirth: 'I have the best chance to win the Stanley Cup here'

About to enter the final year of his entry-level contract, Michal Neuvirth said he is glad to have an extension that will keep him in Washington for two more years beginning in 2011-12 already in place. He will earn $1.15 million each year of the new deal. "When I found...

By Katie Carrera  |  11:37 AM ET, 09/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:29 AM ET, 09/21/2010

Get reacquainted with Matt Hendricks

It was in his time with the Hershey Bears in 2006-07 that Matt Hendricks learned to be versatile. He played 65 games with that year's AHL Eastern Conference Champions, soaking up the advice of then-Bears coaches Bruce Boudreau and Bob Woods. The natural center can play every forward position and...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:29 AM ET, 09/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 09/20/2010

Jason Chimera showcases his speed in opening days of Capitals camp

If there was anyone who stood out the most during the first scrimmage of this still-young Capitals training camp on Sunday, it was wily veteran Jason Chimera. With uncanny and nearly unrivaled speed, he took advantage of some of the younger defensmen who may have never faced someone quite like...

By Katie Carrera  |  10:30 AM ET, 09/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 09/19/2010

John Carlson wants the Capitals to rely on him

One of the big questions in last year's training camp was whether John Carlson would be ready for the NHL immediately. He wasn't at that precise moment, but after a 2009-10 season that saw him star for the Hershey Bears, become a hero for the United States' World Junior Championship...

By Katie Carrera  |  10:06 AM ET, 09/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 09/18/2010

More on the battle in goal between Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth

While there will be several positional battles that play out over the course of the next three weeks before the Capitals' season opener against Atlanta on Oct. 8, perhaps none will extend beyond these training camp days quite like the one in goal. After Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth spent...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:04 AM ET, 09/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 AM ET, 09/17/2010

Which Caps prospects will impress the most at training camp?

Thursday's contest marked the end of rookie camp and with only a day before on-ice activities begin for regular training camp on Saturday, which young player(s) are you most curious to see in practice alongside the veterans and perhaps in a few preseason games? Let's look at some of the...

By Katie Carrera  |  07:14 AM ET, 09/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 09/16/2010

Karl Alzner and Mathieu Perreault ready for training camp

The Morning Roundup makes its triumphant return to Capitals Insider today, with a few tweaks -- including a new logo. The regular feature will be less of an exhaustive list of links and more of a conversation starter to kick off the day, but it will still include links to...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:02 AM ET, 09/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)