Capitals Can Count Out Canes & Predators Need to Survive Stars

Capitals Can Count Out Canes & Predators Need to Survive Stars

April 22nd, 2019 Braden Holtby isn't one for grand pronouncements, so when he was asked if a blowout of the Carolina Hurricanes sent a statement, he put the spotlight inside the Washington Capitals' locker room. "To ourselves, I think," Holtby said, "to show that when ...
Capitals Play With More Urgency

Capitals Play With More Urgency

April 22nd, 2019 The Washington Capitals opened the 2019 NHL Playoffs against the Carolina Hurricanes and looked confident holding serve at home with a 2-0 series lead. Carolina responded by limiting Washington to one goal over the next two games, knotting the series at two apiece, and knocking out superstar T.J....

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April 14th, 2019
Capitals History

The 2019 Draft Lottery is in the books and the New Jersey Devils are now looking forward to picking a generational talent in either Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko in June. Hopes are high for these two teenagers, as they have the potential to change their new franchises for the better. But will they? In 1993, the Ottawa Senators were accused of tanking in order to draft "the Next Gretzky", but Alexandre Daigle failed to score over 51 points in his ten-year career. When the New York Islanders picked Rick DiPietro first in 2000, the first goalie to ever go first in the modern era, it looked like they would be getting their starting goalie for the next decade. Instead, the Islanders got himuntil 2029, even though DiPietro hasn't played since 2013. Related: The Worst First Overall Draft Picks in NHL History So you really can never tell how a pick will turn out. But, then again, sometimes you can. Sometimes, the writing on the wall is so obvious, it seems uncanny that anyone...
April 13th, 2019
Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals went 14-5-1 down the stretch of the 2018-19 NHL regular season to put a bow on their fourth straight Metropolitan Division title, and finished just one point shy of last year’s total of 105 points in the standings. Meanwhile, captain Alexander Ovechkin claimed his second straight and sixth Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy in seven seasons with a league-high 51 goals. So, all seems right for another deep run into the playoffs and a chance to become only the second team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998 to achieve back-to-back victories as Stanley Cup Champions, right? Well, no, not necessarily – it's a bit more complicated than that. Things like their regular season head-to-head records against potential late-round opponents, nagging defensive-zone concerns and average-at-best goaltending are certainly all pain points may contribute to an all-too-familiar Capitals playoff letdown. But it’s two key areas of their game that will ultimately be their...