5 Encouraging Signs for Capitals Fans as NHL Playoffs Begin

5 Encouraging Signs for Capitals Fans as NHL Playoffs Begin

August 12th, 2020 All things considered, the situation could be a lot worse for the Washington Capitals as the Eastern Conference’s third seed prepares to take on the seventh-seeded New York Islanders and their former head coach Barry Trotz in the first round of the 2020 NHL Playoffs on Wednesday in...
Capitals' Playoff Success Could Ride on Vrana's Shoulders

Capitals' Playoff Success Could Ride on Vrana's Shoulders

August 12th, 2020 The Washington Capitals have recently completed their round-robin tournament and are now gearing up for what is hopefully a nice, long playoff run. In order for it to be long, they will need contributions from everybody. That includes their top guys, like Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, and...

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August 9th, 2020
Washington Capitals

While the Washington Capitals would prefer to be playing for a chance to earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference heading into the opening round of the 2020 National Hockey League Playoffs, Sunday’s final round-robin contest against the winless Boston Bruins has taken on added importance. The game, scheduled for a noon Eastern start, is important to the 0-1-1 Caps for multiple reasons. Nobody Plays to Lose First, if you’re going to play in games that count for something, you might as well play to win, and no competitive professional athlete wants to finish last – even in a three-game round robin after nearly five months off. Pro hockey players reach that level at least in part because of their extraordinary competitive drive. None of these guys like to lose, and no one wants to get into the habit of losing, especially with the playoffs looming. Confidence can be an amazing thing, just ask the Montreal Canadiens or Chicago Blackhawks. Nobody expected...
August 7th, 2020
Capitals Prospects

The Washington Capitals have loaned two prospects to Switzerland and the Los Angeles Kings have loaned one of their top prospects back home to Sweden. We also take a look at a prospect who had a really solid season playing in the USHL for our Prospect of the Day. Capitals Loan Two Prospects Overseas Although the Capitals are focused on making a run to the Stanley Cup, that does not mean they aren't planning ahead in making sure that their prospects continue to get much needed development. It was announced on Tuesday that they have loaned forward Damien Riat to Geneve-Servette and defenseman Tobias Geisser to EV Zug of the National League (NLA). Riat spent this past season playing for EHC Biel-Bienne of the NLA where he scored 11 goals and added 11 assists for 22 points in 36 games. He also suited up for his native country of Switzerland where he collected an assist in two games. Riat was originally selected in the fourth round, 117th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft....
August 6th, 2020
Capitals Goaltending

At the start of this season, Washington Capitals fans knew they were in for a transitional period. Not a transition from the Caps being a good team to a rebuilding team, or anything that serious. Instead, we knew they were in for a transition between the pipes. Of course, Braden Holtby was going to be the starting goalie for the 2019-20 season, but when Ilya Samsonov was named as Holtby's backup, we knew that this was his audition to take Holtby's job for the 2020-21 season. Ilya Samsonov, Washington Capitals (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) Samsonov's audition went well, and they actually relied upon him more than I think anybody was expecting throughout the season. This was due to Holtby's below-average play during the regular season. I am not saying it is all his fault, because there were times when the Capitals' defense was more useless than a white crayon. However, he was not the Holby of usual and did not play up to his own standards. Related: Washington Capitals Logo...
August 5th, 2020
Washington Capitals

Ever since Alexander Ovechkin joined the Washington Capitals' lineup for the start of the 2005-06 season, he has been the face of the franchise. He has become a perennial 50-goal scorer and one of if not the most popular player in the NHL. With a resume like the one that Ovechkin has assembled, it goes without saying that he casts a CN Tower-sized shadow over everyone else who finds their way into Washington's lineup (that's a little Ontario shout out for my fellow Ontarian Caps fans). Related: Washington Capitals Logo History With Ovechkin's shadow looming so large, it is easy for players of value to slide under the radar when they aren't putting up 50-goal, point-per-game seasons. In fact, there have been quite a few Capitals that went under-appreciated and underrated since Ovechkin entered the league that deserve their chance in the spotlight. To be clear, when I say underrated, I don't mean someone like Nicklas Backstrom. Yes, Backstrom has been historically underrated,...