Matthew Speck | @m_speck

Matthew Speck covers the Washington Capitals organization for The Hockey Writers. He's credentialed for Washington's AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, and covers most home games. Matthew also covers high school sports for the Lebanon Daily News. You can email him at with any questions or comments.

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Recent Articles by Matthew

Dmitry Orlov will miss the start of the 2014-15 season(Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)

Why the Washington Capitals’ Offense Can Improve

The Washington Capitals (9-8-3) start to the season is a mixed bag. They’ve accomplished a few important things, including finding out what Andre Burakovsky can provide (12 points in 20 […]

by · November 26, 2014 · 1 comment · Washington Capitals
Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (Tom Turk/THW)

The Washington Capitals Most Embarrassing Loss

There are no moral victories when a team loses to the worst club in the National Hockey League. The Capitals fired 41 shots on goal during even strength play in […]

by · November 23, 2014 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
Mike Green (Tom Turk/THW)

Should the Washington Capitals Re-Sign Mike Green?

The additions of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik this summer to the Washington Capitals defense put the future of Mike Green in question. The 29-year-old Calgary native has had a […]

by · November 21, 2014 · 2 comments · Washington Capitals
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Washington Capitals: Marcus Johansson’s Best Season Yet

Marcus Johansson took eight shots on goal Tuesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, a career high. His willingness to shoot the puck more has led to arguably his best […]

by · November 12, 2014 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
Capitals forward Eric Fehr (Tom Turk/THW)

Eric Fehr: The Capitals Most Valuable Forward?

Eric Fehr returned to the Washington Capitals on January 13th, 2013. General Manager George McPhee had plucked the player he had traded during the 2011 offseason as the NHL lockout […]

by · November 10, 2014 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
Andre Burakovsky sure has been making some waves this season, and fantasy managers are already starting to get acquainted with the forward. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Washington Capitals Prospect Report: October 2014

The Capitals will rely on Andre Burakovsky and Evgeny Kuznetsov to provide secondary scoring this season. They both are products of the draft and were selected by former General Manager […]

by · November 8, 2014 · 0 comments · Prospects, Washington Capitals
Tom Wilson (Tom Turk/The Hockey Writers)

Washington Capitals: Why Tom Wilson Should Stay in Hershey

The Washington Capitals are off to a strong start in the 2014-15 campaign under new head coach Barry Trotz. The goaltending and defense were upgraded this offseason by first-year General Manager Brian […]

Hartford Wolf Pack forward Ryan Potulny (Chris Rutsch/Hartford Wolf Pack)

Where Are They Now: Ryan Potulny

The road of a veteran American Hockey League player is a long, winding one. There are often multiple stops with AHL teams, a stint or two in the NHL and […]

by · October 24, 2014 · 0 comments · AHL, New York Rangers
Andrew Gordon (JustSports Photography)

Andrew Gordon Eyes NHL Return

The Philadelphia Flyers and first-year General Manager Ron Hextall was the first team to contact Andrew Gordon when free agency opened up this summer. The decision came quickly and Gordon, […]

by · October 20, 2014 · 0 comments · AHL, Philadelphia Flyers
Andre Burakovsky sure has been making some waves this season, and fantasy managers are already starting to get acquainted with the forward. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Andre Burakovsky X-Factor For Washington Capitals

The score was knotted at one with 25 seconds left to play. Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz, coaching his first regular season game for his new club, sent out […]

by · October 10, 2014 · 1 comment · Washington Capitals
Nittany Lions forward Zach Saar (Mark Selders/Penn State Athletic Communications)

Interview: Penn State Coach Guy Gadowsky

Buffalo Sabres owner and Penn State alumni Terry Pegula changed the foundation of the Penn State hockey program forever. A university changing financial contribution gave PSU a remarkable hockey arena, […]

by · October 10, 2014 · 0 comments · College Hockey, NCAA
(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Washington Capitals Season Preview: Not There Yet

The Washington Capitals missed the playoffs by three points last season under former coach and player Adam Oates, three measly standings points. There’s a lot that has changed in the […]