The Capitals-Ducks game was originally scheduled for 7 PM, then rescheduled to 5 PM, then postponed altogether on Friday afternoon. But how about the nationally broadcast Caps-Pens game, which is scheduled for 12:30 PM Sunday?

The NHL will announce their decision on if that game will be cancelled on Saturday morning. Considering the Penguins have a game that day and would have to travel into DC later that night, it seems unlikely to happen.

Meanwhile, the Post-Gazette’s Seth Rorabaugh asked former Capital/now-turned-heel Pittsburgh Penguin Eric Fehr what he thought the chances were they’d play the game.

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Friday’s Caps-Ducks Game Has Been Postponed

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Sanity prevails. The league has decided that the incoming blizzard has rendered tonight’s game unsafe to play. Caps vs Ducks has been postponed. No word on Sunday’s game yet, or for when Caps-Ducks will be rescheduled.

Instead of travelling to Verizon Center, might we recommend you stay home and do absolutely nothing? Or perhaps a snowball fight at a nearby park? Or baking something from the 1991 Caps Cookbook? Or Netflix and Chill, as, I understand, the youths are calling this “cuffing” season.

Stay safe, everybody.

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DC Officials Strongly Urge Capitals to Cancel Game

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The Washington Capitals already moved tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks up to 5 p.m. in an effort to get the game played before the worst of Winter Storm Stop-Naming-Winter-Storms hits the DC region.

But DC government officials aren’t happy with the decision. Chris Geldhard, the Director of D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management (thanks, @dee4077), brought the sass during a news conference this morning.

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Friday afternoon, Washington DC is slated to be in the path of a major snowstorm, which could dump up to 20 or 30 inches of snow this weekend. Today, Metro went an extraordinary route, deciding to shutter its Metrorail services all weekend – beginning at 11pm Friday.

The Caps and Ducks were scheduled to play at 7pm. Not anymore.

The NHL has opted not to cancel the game, but move the start time up to 5pm. The game will still go on. It appears that’s so the Ducks can have a better chance of flying out of the area before DC becomes a giant igloo.

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Last week Alex Ovechkin captivated the hockey world when he became the fifth fastest player in NHL history to score 500 goals. That excitement got the attention of pizza titan Papa John’s Pizza, who announced Thursday that they have signed the extremely marketable Ovechkin to a multi-year endorsement deal.

Like Ovechkin’s style, the partnership is creative, so all of humankind will benefit. Papa John’s will kick off the partnership with a promotion, The Ovechkin Wish Special. If you buy two medium, one-topping pizzas, $1 from the purchase will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Mid-Atlantic chapter. Of course it would.

“Ovi really enjoys kids and, as everyone has seen, he loves bringing smiles and laughter to their faces – and for some, making their dreams come true,” Ovechkin’s agent David Abrutyn said to me in a phone interview Wednesday evening. “This partnership with Papa John’s is a great way for him and fans throughout the DC region to help do more of those great things.”

But let me talk about the price for a minute. Each pizza (in the $16 promotion) costs you $8. If you’re a dedicated Ovechkin fan, you will celebrate your first order by taking the pizzas out of the box and laying them next to each other so that they form a #8 on your dinner table.

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My favorite story about Justin Williamsrecent hat trick on Sunday had to be Chuck Gormley’s hit on CSN Mid Atlantic. That’s because we learned what Justin Williams’ nickname is: Stick.

Nope, it’s not Mr. Game Seven or Willy. It’s Stick.

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On Sunday with the Caps leading the Rangers 3-2, Caps netminder Braden Holtby skated to the bench and pulled himself from the game with 2:18 remaining in the second period. It was a very worrying sight. Holtby, the team’s MVP through 45 games, is a very competitive player and would not voluntarily leave a game unless something major was happening.

Later we learned from the Capitals PR that Holtby left the game due to dehydration.

So just how bad was that dehydration? The Holtbeast talked about the incident with The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan Tuesday after the Caps’ morning skate in Columbus.

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A few weeks ago, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that if Caps’ defenseman Brooks Orpik had a season-ending lower-body injury, General Manager Brian MacLellan would be interested in acquiring pending-UFA Dustin Byfuglien from the Winnipeg Jets. The 6’5″, 260-lbs. defenseman won a Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010 and has been named to three all-star teams.

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This seemed worth documenting. Via TSN.ca’s Scott Cullen, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom are the highest scoring center tandem in the league.

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Another Culinary Hockey Nostalgia Bomb: Capital Cuisine

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Earlier this month, we introduced you to the Hartford Whalers 1990-91 cookbook, a Christmas gift given to comedian John Hodgman. When reader John F. saw that story, he was kind enough to to send us another hockey cookbook from his own collection: Capital Cuisine.

Like the Hartford cookbook, Capital Cuisine looks to have been printed around 1992. Apparently “Hockey Dudes Cooking Foods” was a trend back then (a quick Google search shows that Philadelphia and Vancouver also published similar projects).

This cookbook gets everyone in on the action, from the players to the front office, and even then-owner Abe Pollin. Let’s take a closer look and see what these former Caps cooked up.

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