Caps vs Red Wings Pregame: Fehr or Wilson?

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With a disappointing road trip through western Canada in the rear view, Barry Trotz and the Caps hope to recapture the magic with a home game against Detroit. The Caps’ lines are all-new, and a familiar face might be returning to action. There’s a lot to look forward to, but the game is on NBCSN, so… uh… Pierre McGuire is back? Puck drop a little after 7:30.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 4-2-2 54.0% 102.3 25.9% 80.0%
Detroit Red Wings 4-2-2 52.3% 98.9 6.7% 96.2%

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Broken up.

“But, Peter,” you might say, “what could be awesome about the Caps losing two out of three games on that road trip?”

A good question, hypothetical reader into whose mouth I have put words. While the Caps played awesome in western Canada, the results were not uniformly awesome. We’re gonna have to dig deep this week to find the coolest stuff in the Caps’ world.

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That Road Trip Blew: Canucks beat Caps 4-2

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800 games for this big lug (Photo: Jeff Vinnick)

You shoulda gone to bed. The Washington Capitals blew the final game of their trip through Western Canada with a loss to the Vancouver Canucks. The Caps let the Canucks take a ton of shots, which would’ve been fine if Justin Peters could’ve been perfect for two more minutes.

The first period was a disappointing affair, but the Caps survived it without giving up a goal. Marcus Johansson scored in the second after a great setup from fellow Swede Andre Burakovsky to put the Caps up, but the Canucks came back with a burst of scoring. Within two minutes, Vancouver struck thrice– first by Henrik Sedin on the power play, then with two more by Bonino and Sbisa. Things looked grim for the Caps until Liam O’Brien scored his first NHL goal late in the middle frame.

The third period wasn’t fun at all. Radim Vrbata got a long bomb into the empty net with 61 seconds left.

Canucks beat Caps 4-2.

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Caps at Canucks Pregame: Justin Peters vs Ryan Miller

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The Caps beat the Flames early this morning and are ready to do the same tonight to the Vancouver Canucks. Expect Braden Holtby to get a break, so it might be Justin Peters vs Ryan Miller in net. Puck drops a little after 9:30 on CSN-DC, and then your sleep schedule can finally return to normal.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 4-1-2 55.2% 102.0 28.0% 84.0%
Vancouver Canucks 4-3-0 51.1% 97.6 17.9% 83.9%

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Week 2 Snapshot: How High?

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Photo: Gerry Thomas

Okay, so I wasn’t expecting this. The Caps are good, which is what we thought, but they seem to be really good. Like really, really good. The Caps are outshooting the opposition, they’re limiting shots against, they’re getting dependable goaltending, and the goals are coming from all over the lineup. They’re a good hockey team again– that’s settled. The only question is this:

How good are they?

We just don’t know yet. The Caps have seven games under their belt, just 8.5 percent of the season. That little sample looks lovely, but who knows what the coming weeks will bring. And there are already things the Caps could do to be better. Starting with Alex Ovechkin.

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Caps beat Flames 3-1: Wardo Nets Two, Orpik Hits Everyone

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Photo: Gerry Thomas

Good morning! The Washington Capitals beat the Calgary Flames, and if that’s all you care about, you can now go to bed. I’d appreciate it if you read on though; this was a pretty good game.

For example, Joel Ward was gonzo. He exploited a turnover during a first-period power play to put the Caps on the board and then got his second after a strong shift by Michael Latta and the fourth line. Somewhere between those two, ex-Cap Dennis Wideman got the Flames in the game with an outside shot for which Holtby was blinded.

Nick Backstrom got career point number 501 with a sweet wrister in the third period’s first minute. Troy Brouwer shanked a chance at an empty-netter. Oh well, solid W.

Caps beat Flames 3-1!

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Alex Ovechkin earns almost 9.5 million dollars against the salary cap each season, more than 13 percent of the Washington Capitals’ player budget. That’s why it’s a little worrying when Ovi risks injury– even more so when he does it blocking an inconsequential shot.

So…

On Saturday night in Calgary, Alex Ovechkin risked injury by blocking an inconsequential shot.

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Caps at Flames Pregame: Top-Line Fehr is Back!

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Which service does Brian Burke use less: statisticians or hair stylists?

Wednesday’s loss to the Edmonton Oilers didn’t “sit well” with the Washington Capitals. With all the puck possession but not enough scoarage, they’ll be trying to right that wrong with a late game against the Calgary Flames. No, seriously, it’s super late. This game is going to run your Saturday night. 10 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 3-1-2 55.03% 101.15 27.3% 86.4%
Calgary Flames 5-3-1 44.22% 105.74 18.5% 75.9%

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Oilers beat Caps 3-2, First Regulation Loss, No Big

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Photo: Andy Devlin

It’s too early in the season for late-night hockey, but okay, Thursday’s productivity be damned, let’s do this.

The Washington Capitals went into Edmonton with hopes of starting a perfect road trip, but a couple mistakes marred an otherwise solid game.

Justin Schultz scored about seven minutes in, directing Teddy Purcell’s clever shot behind Braden Holtby. The Caps tied it up with John Carlson’s power-play one-timer.

Mike Green scored a gorgeous one early in the second period, but a whiff by Ovechkin set Ryan Nugent-Hopkins loose to tie it up just twenty second later. With Jason Chimera in the box, Nikita Nikitin got one past a screened Braden Holtby to give the Oilers the lead.

The Caps fired furiously in the third, but couldn’t beat Ben Scrivens.

Oilers beat Caps 3-2. That’s the Caps’ first regulation loss.

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John Erskine Got Surgery, Will Be Out of Action for a While

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John Erskine suited up 37 times for the Caps last season. Rumor has it he was playing through injury for most of them. Erskine had already lost his spot in the starting six this season before suffering an upper-body injury during a recent practice.

It was a “little bit of an older injury that sort of got irritated so we left him [in DC], had it looked at right now,” Barry Trotz said to The Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt on Tuesday. “[It] could get aggravated more as he keeps going, if he doesn’t take care of it now. [Trainer Greg Smith] said we’ll take a look at it.”

Now, the Caps tell us Erskine underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair a disk in his neck.

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