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

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
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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
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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 […]

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Washington Capitals: Filling Out the Defense

The Washington Capitals have nine healthy defensemen entering their final preseason game against the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday night. Russian born blue liner Dmitry Orlov will miss the start of the […]

by · October 5, 2014 · 2 comments · Washington Capitals
Madison Bowey (Shoot the Breeze Photography)

Washington Capitals Prospect Report: September 2014

The National Hockey League regular season gets underway Wednesday night in Boston, along with a few other games on the docket. Other leagues have gotten started prior to the NHL, […]

by · October 4, 2014 · 0 comments · Prospects, Washington Capitals
Laich, who scored the game-winner in his 500th career game against the Senators. (Tom Turk/THW)

Brooks Laich: Washington Capitals 2014-15 Player Preview

Brooks Laich played two straight full 82 game seasons prior to the NHL lockout from 2010-12. The 31 year old Canadian averaged 16 goals per season and totaled 89 points […]

by · October 2, 2014 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
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Washington Capitals: Five Things To Watch During Preseason

The Washington Capitals preseason schedule began Sunday afternoon at Verizon Center, as Barry Trotz made his debut behind the Washington bench. This preseason doesn’t have an enormous amount of open […]

by · September 22, 2014 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
Nicklas Backstrom (Tom Turk / THW)

Nicklas Backstrom: Best Contract in the NHL?

Locking up your best players is a priority for every National Hockey League General Manager. The Chicago Blackhawks recently extended forwards Jonathon Toews and Patrick Kane to mega contracts this […]

by · September 15, 2014 · 1 comment · Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals NICKLAS BACKSTROM - Photo by Andy Martin Jr

Nicklas Backstrom: Washington Capitals 2014-15 Player Preview

Capitals Captain Alexander Ovechkin is regarded as a star of the Washington Capitals and the NHL in general. He puts up the goals, the flashy plays and has an intense […]

by · September 5, 2014 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
Ovechkin's Capitals have posted a 5-6-1 record against the West this season (Tom Turk/THW)

Alex Ovechkin: Washington Capitals 2014-15 Player Preview

Alex Ovechkin had his greatest season points wise since his 85 point 2010-11 season last year and there’s potential for amplified production this upcoming campaign. Washington’s first overall pick from […]

by · September 1, 2014 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
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Washington Capitals Must Move on from Aaron Volpatti

The Washington Capitals roster is set for the most part heading into the 2014-15 season. Their defense will be the best on paper it has been in years, barring any […]

by · August 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals