October 8th, 2014 In Previews and Predictions, Washington Capitals 0 comments

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 nation’s capital for the team entering its 40th season in franchise history, from the front office, to player personnel and the coaching staff. Former General...

October 6th, 2014 In Washington Capitals 1 comments

The Washington Capitals have concluded the 2014 NHL preseason.  The games that ultimately did not matter are in the history books and now the upcoming games starting Thursday against Montreal are for real. The Capitals finished the preseason with a 5-3 record and already look miles ahead of where they ended last season.  The defensive core is...

October 4th, 2014 In Prospects, Washington Capitals 0 comments

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, most notably international leagues and junior leagues. The Hockey Writers will continue to provide monthly Washington Capitals prospect reports this season, beginning...

October 2nd, 2014 In Washington Capitals 0 comments

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 during that span. The past two seasons have been disastrous in terms of his health and the impact on the Washington Capitals playoff hopes. He wants something different this time...

September 30th, 2014 In Washington Capitals 0 comments

Should the Washington Capitals Trade For Bobby Ryan? Bobby Ryan is one of the NHL's most electric players.  The 27-year old Cherry Hill, NJ native was drafted second overall in 2005 by the Anaheim Ducks.  He spent nearly six seasons in Anaheim and blossomed into a consistent 30-goal scorer while he was there. On July 5, 2013, Ryan was...

September 24th, 2014 In Washington Capitals, Winter Classic 0 comments

Last September, the NHL announced the Washington Capitals would host the 2015 Winter Classic. A long waiting period ensued until the Chicago Blackhawks were named the Capitals’ opponent in June, while the location--Nationals Park--was revealed earlier this month, nearly a year after the initial announcement. From jersey reveals to ticket...

September 23rd, 2014 In Washington Capitals 0 comments

How Will the Washington Capitals Defensemen and Goaltenders Perform in 2014-2015? We are in the midst of training camp for the Washington Capitals.  The preseason has already begun and the Capitals already look like they have shown signs of improvement. With a revamped defensive core and stability in between the pipes, how will the Capitals...

September 22nd, 2014 In Washington Capitals 0 comments

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 roster spots or position battles to watch, but there are some big things to keep an eye on prior to the regular season getting underway. They’re...

September 16th, 2014 In Washington Capitals 0 comments

Consistency is something that is valuable in the NHL.  If there has been one bright spot on the Capitals blueline for the past several years, it has been John Carlson.  Carlson does not make the nightly highlight reels, but his importance to the Washington Capitals is extremely high. The 24-year old Natick, MA native was drafted by the...

September 11th, 2014 In Washington Capitals 0 comments

It was a slow year for Mike Green in 2013-2014.  After a few years of shortened seasons due to injuries, Green was only twelve games shy of playing an entire season last year. So what went wrong?  Mike Green did not thrive under former Capitals bench boss Adam Oates.  He was given a short leash on the ice, and was limited to just dumping the...

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