Caps vs Wild Pregame: Snow-vechkin? No-vechkin?

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The view from Capitol Hill (Photo: Kevin Ford)

The National Weather Service determines a blizzard based on high wind speed, not snowfall. Everyone else knows we’re currently experiencing a blizzard here on the east coast. But as far as we know, the Washington Capitals are still on for tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild.

If you’re going, bring a tauntaun and a rugby team. 7 PM, CSN, I guess.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 35-20-10 51.6% 100.4 23.9% 81.1%
Minnesota Wild 34-22-7 52.8% 99.0 15.2% 87.0%

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Caps at Blue Jackets Pregame: Meet the New Guys

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Photo: Capstragram

The Capitals are in exotic Ohio tonight for a game with the poor Columbus Blue Jackets. Tonight will be our first look at new forward Curtis Glencross and just our second at man-animal hybrid Tim Gleason on the blue line. These guys, plus assorted fellows from Hershey, will be your Caps squad for the duration, so let’s get start on the right foot: a W.

Puck drops at 7 PM on CSN-DC. Drive safe getting home tonight; roads are gonna be nasty.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 34-20-10 51.6% 100.4 23.6% 81.4%
Columbus Blue Jackets 26-32-4 46.3% 98.8 20.4% 80.4%

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Caps vs Leafs Pregame: Look Out, You Rock and Rollers

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Big deal, Curtis. Anyone can point at an Edmonton goalie.

The deadline isn’t until Monday afternoon, but the Washington Capitals might already be done. After acquiring Tim Gleason and Curtis Glencross, the Caps current roster might be the same one we see in the postseason. Or maybe not.

Tonight’s game, at home against the Maple Leafs, is the organization’s last chance to evaluate their players before all sales are final. 7 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 33-20-10 51.5% 100.3 23.3% 81.1%
Toronto Maple Leafs 25-32-5 46.4% 100.0 18.5% 82.0%

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Caps at Canes Pregame: Two Left Before the Deadline

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The Capitals are in an odd situation right now. They’re a good team, but they haven’t been playing like it in the last 10 days. They’re a playoff team, but they’ve been losing to gutter teams. They’re reportedly buyers at the trade deadline, but most of the attractive players have already been snatched up. They’ve got a lot of talent on the roster, but they’re not necessarily using it well.

With just two games left before the trade deadline, I’m starting to wonder if we’ll see any big changes at all. Maybe the team we’ll see against the Hurricanes tonight will be the same one we see in May.

Game’s at 7 on CSN. It’ll be my first time hearing Joe B call a game since before he got sick.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 33-19-10 51.6% 100.4 23.4% 80.9%
Carolina Hurricanes 22-30-7 51.2% 97.0 18.5% 88.0%

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Caps vs Penguins Pregame: Can They Sweep?

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Outgoing Caps reporter Adam Vingan (Photo by Monumental, modified by Prewitt)

In three meetings this season, the Capitals have outscored the Penguins 10-1. Inside the Metro, only Carolina has a worse intra-division record than the Penguins (7-11-4). Crosby’s reportedly having an off-year, and the fans are quite grumpy.

And none of that matters tonight.

The Penguins are still an excellent team. Crosby’s decline is mostly meaningless statistical noise; he’s still the best playmaker in the league, and the team’s record against the Metro doesn’t tell me much about who’s gonna win tonight. Like every game, this one will be decided by who’s got the better goalie and which team helps him out the most. I peeked at the Caps’ lines, and I think it’ll be the home team who wins this one and secures a regular-season sweep for the first time in five years.

8 PM on NBCSN. Do the thing.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 33-18-10 51.8% 100.3 23.7% 80.8%
Pittsburgh Penguins 34-17-9 52.9% 100.7 20.5% 85.6%

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This is literally every picture of the Caps and Flyers

This is literally every picture ever of the Caps and Flyers.

As if back-to-back matinees weren’t enough, today’s game against the Flyers comes hot on the heels of one of the best games we’ve seen in quite a while. In fact, we just canNOT wait for today’s match-up, so let’s get right to it.

It might feel easy to write off the Flyers this season, but not so fast. They can still surprise, both for being amazing and, alternately amazingly bad, so you just never know which team is going to show up.

For a little insight into this Jekyll/Hyde team, we were lucky enough to chat with Collin Mehalick, editor over at the excellent Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey and all-around smarty-pants about all things Philly, about today’s game, and just what sort of squad we’ll be facing at the Wells Fargo Center.

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Caps at Flyers Pregame: Hockey Day in America

NHL 2015 - Feb 19 - BUF vs PHI - Right Wing Jakub Voracek (#93) of the Philadelphia Flyers scores against Goalie Michal Neuvirth (#34) of the Buffalo Sabres

Oh. Wow. You can score on Neuvirth and the Sabres. You must be very proud.

Let’s make this quick because I gotta shovel my sidewalk.

The Caps won yesterday for the fourth time in a row, their best run of the season. No time to celebrate though, because evil Bettman scheduled them for back-to-back nooners. I’d say “don’t worry, it’s just the Flyers” except just because they’re a bad team doesn’t mean they can’t play dirty stuff and get a little lucky too.

Tune in at 12:30 on NBC proper.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 33-17-10 51.8% 100.3 24.3% 81.4%
Philadelphia Flyers 25-23-11 49.6% 100.1 23.0% 75.9%

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Caps vs Islanders Pregame: Every Game Ovi

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Photo from the Capstragram

I officially renounce my every-other-game theory about Alex Ovechkin. For a few weeks, Ovi would do something ridiculous in a game and then take the next night off. Except now he’s doing it every single game. Not to be greedy but the Caps are gonna need even more of Ovi’s magic for Saturday’s matinee match-up against the New York Islanders.

Saturday’s is the first of three games within the Metropolitan division, in which the Caps currently find themselves in second place. It’s gonna be a big week.

The game is on CSN. Puck drops a little after 12:30.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 32-17-10 51.9% 100.1 24.4% 81.4%
New York Islanders 39-19-1 54.4% 99.5 19.1% 74.7%

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Caps vs Jets Pregame: Ovi on Top

I thought a picture of Ovechkin laughing is appropriate right now.

The Capitals are finally home after their longest road trip of the season. The Caps took 6 out of 8 standings points on that trip. That smiling goof in the GIF above– he scored 8 points.

And yet the team still isn’t where want them. Holding onto a wild card spot is too humble. The Caps will play three of their next four at home and against three division teams. Now would be a good time to climb the standings.

Let’s start with the Winnipeg Jets, who aren’t really as bad as I have said. Puck drop at 7 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 31-17-10 52.0% 100.2 23.6% 81.0%
Winnipeg Jets 30-19-10 54.0% 100.0 18.3% 80.9%

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Caps at Penguins Pregame: 120 Minutes of Awesome

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From Caps Instagram: “My name is Alex Ovechkin, I lead the nhl in goals.”

The Capitals have had the Penguins number so far this season, and that number is zero. In 120 minutes of hockey, Washington has outscored Pittsburgh seven goals to none.

But the Penguins of February 17 are healthier than previous versions, and Holtby has been averaging 3 goals against over the last 10 days. It’d be a nice trick to end the road trip with another blowout over a division rival, but the Caps are gonna have to bring the ruckus to get it done.

The lineup makes me think they might pull it off. Puck drop at 7 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 30-17-10 52.0% 100.3 23.1% 80.8%
Pittsburgh Penguins 32-15-9 53.1% 100.4 20.7% 85.7%

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