Matthew Speck

Matthew Speck covers the Washington Capitals organization for The Hockey Writers. He provides coverage of both Washington at the NHL level and prospect related content. Matthew also covers local sports for the Lebanon Daily News in Central Pennsylvania. You can email him at mspeck21@yahoo.com with any questions or comments.


Recent Articles by Matthew

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Washington Capitals Hindered by Limited Picks at NHL Draft

The Washington Capitals are in a pretty good spot. They just finished a good, but not great season under first-year head coach Barry Trotz and GM Brian MacLellan. Their farm […]

by · May 28, 2015 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
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Washington Capitals: Joel Ward is Expendable

Joel Ward is set to hit free agency in a less than impressive 2015 class and will undoubtedly receive significant offers. First-year Capitals’ GM Brian MacLellan needs to prioritize his […]

Mike Green (Anna Armstrong)

Why Washington Capitals Won’t Keep Mike Green

Defenseman Mike Green will be the best free agent option available on defense when NHL free agency gets underway on July 1st at noon. He made just over six million […]

by · May 24, 2015 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
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Don’t Blame Washington Capitals’ Stars for Series Loss

In Washington’s seven game second round playoff series defeat against the New York Rangers, a lot went according to plan. Goaltender Braden Holtby was phenomenal in net again and shined in the […]

by · May 16, 2015 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
Referee Eric Furlatt addresses the Capitals' bench (Flickr/Clydeorama)

Washington Capitals Prospect Profile: Tyler Lewington

The Washington Capitals inked 2013 seventh round draft pick Tyler Lewington to a three-year, entry-level deal earlier this week as they added another defenseman to their prospect pipeline. Lewington currently […]

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Are the Washington Capitals Overworking Braden Holtby?

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby has played the most games of any goaltender this season. His numbers are elite, as is his status as a net minder in the National […]

by · February 22, 2015 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
Washington defenseman Brooks Orpik (Tom Turk/THW)

How the Washington Capitals Defense Improved

The revamped Washington Capitals blue line has moved Barry Trotz’s squad closer to competing for a Stanley Cup championship. They’re a legit contender yet, but with the growth of a […]

by · January 9, 2015 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
Braden Holtby has posted an impressive season (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Washington Capitals: Braden Holtby’s Next Contract

Washington Capitals net minder Braden Holtby is on pace for the best season in the NHL of his career. A revamped Washington Capitals’ defense has aided him, along with a […]

by · January 8, 2015 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
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Kelowna Rockets captain Madison Bowey is leading all WHL defencemen in scoring this season and is pushing for a roster spot on Team Canada at the world juniors.

Washington Capitals at the World Junior Hockey Championship

The preliminary round of the World Junior Hockey Championship gets underway on December 26th, with four different match-ups set. While Andre Burakovsky is back in Washington with the Capitals, Brian […]

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