Caps at Leafs Pregame: Don’t Play Down

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I really thought this dude would be gone by now.

The Caps have gone from playing the single worst team in the league, Buffalo, to one of the best, the Islanders, back to one of the worst, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Though they’ve got a better record than the Caps, that poor hockey club just cannot get its act together. Tonight at 7 PM on CSN and NHL Network, the Caps will play visitor to the Leafs.

This is one of those “don’t play down to a lesser opponent” situations. This is also one of those situations where you guys tell me “we are what our record says we are” and I roll my eyes.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 10-8-4 52.0% 98.2 28.6% 80.6%
Toronto Maple Leafs 11-8-3 47.8% 100.4 18.5% 84.2%

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Photo: Kathy Kmonicek

For the most part, the Caps held their own at Nassau on Wednesday. Now, back home in the sub-.500 confines of Verizon Center, the Capitals face the New York Islanders again.

I’d be totally fine with another loser point, but the full two would feel even better for my turkey hangover.

It’s an early one, 5 PM on CSN, so get your shopping done now. I just did sold my soul and first born to Amazon.com, so I’m like 85% done my Christmas shopping already.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 9-8-4 51.3% 98.23 27.9% 80.0%
New York Islanders 16-6-0 54.0% 99.93 20.5% 73.8%

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The New York Islanders are really good, and the Washington Capitals lost their last game to the Buffalo Sabres. The Caps’ best possession player is sidelined with injury, and the Isles are gonna start a goalie who is 100-percent comfortable going up against his old team.

This would be a big road win if the Caps can pull it off. 7 PM on CSN Plus. Your boy Chris Gordon will be covering the game for RMNB solo.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 9-8-3 52.69% 98.22 25.4% 82.0%
New York Islanders 15-6-0 54.53% 100.14 18.8% 76.2%

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Caps vs Sabres Pregame: “Weakest Competition Yet”

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Photo: NOAA

When the Washington Capitals play the Buffalo Sabres tonight, they’ll be playing one of the worst teams in memory. You could say the Sabres are the Caps’ “weakest competition yet,” but you’d be doing so at your own peril. First, you should verify your translation, and second, the Sabres have won their last two games.

If the Caps fall into another lull, the Sabres, now cured of snowbound cabin fever, will attack. Instead, the ideal outcome would be the Caps helping Buffalo on their quest for McEichel with a clean, blowout, rego win. 7 PM on CSN. Game on.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 9-7-3 55.99% 98.90 24.1% 82.0%
Buffalo Sabres 5-13-2 42.01% 99.28 6.8% 78.2%

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Ohai Neuvy!

Ohai Neuvy!

It is with heavy heart that we regret to inform you the PuckBuddys will be going dark for a week or two. Should anyone find themselves in need of a quick dose of fabulousness, we suggest watching this super-cut of Michael Kors being arch and catty on Project Runway.

However, we did have time to eke out one more pregamer with a blogger from the opposing city. This week’s game: the Buffalo Sabres.

If it seems like Buffalo– the city and the team– have been cursed by the Frost Giants lately, you wouldn’t be far off the mark. The city and its eastern suburbs are reeling under more snow in a couple days than they usually get in a year, and let it be known they get an f-ton of snow every year. Worse for Sabres fans, their squad just has been iced out offensively so far this season, with a few notable exceptions, and despite some great forward talent and rebuilding, they’re just not that good this year. Buffalo: Washington understands your pain.

For more insight into the Sad Sabres Fans Being Sad, we spoke with Andrew Boron, managing editor and snow-shoveler extraordinaire at the superb Sabres blog Die By The Blade for the inside track on the team, and how today’s game may shake out.

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Caps at Avalanche Pregame: The Return of Bailamos?

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The Capitals aren’t scoring much lately. Alex Ovechkin, the mustache guy above, hasn’t scored since [checks watch] the late 80s. Actually 11/11. Tonight the Caps will be guests of the totally bad hot mess Colorado Avalanche.

Tonight should… SHOULD… herald the return of Bailamos. 9 PM on CSN. Do it.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 8-7-3 52.19% 98.69 24.6% 82.0%
Colorado Avalanche 6-8-5 44.13% 99.65 13.4% 88.2%

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Caps at Coyotes Pregame: Let’s Get Some Points This Week

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Shane and his Skittle stick.

I need a win. You need a win. The Caps need a win. Arizona is as good a place as any to get one. This whole week is as good a time as any to get some.

Stay up late with us, 9 PM, and watch the Washington Capitals in the high desert as they try to get the win they should got off the Arizona Coyotes back in early November. It’s on CSN-DC.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 7-7-3 52.33% 98.64 25.9% 80.7%
Arizona Coyotes 8-9-1 48.40% 98.80 20.0% 77.0%

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Caps at Blues Pregame: Last Night Never Happened

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Let’s shake it off. Let’s pretend that game didn’t happen.

The Caps will play their first game… since Tuesday… tonight in St Louis. It’ll be on CSN Plus, which stinks, but at least it’s not against the Devils. Of course, the Blues are an even better team. Gonna need to crash the net. 8 PM.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 7-6-3 52.84% 99.23 25.9% 80.0%
St. Louis Blues 11-4-1 53.06% 101.78 27.1% 78.6%

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Caps vs Devils Pregame: Top-Line Beagle At It Again

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With three wins in the rear view, the Capitals prepare to host the New Jersey Devils tonight at 7 PM. If you’ve got any anxiety about this game, let me put you at ease: Jay Beagle’s got this.

CSN-DC. Holtby vs Schneider. Take Burra to #thebank.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 7-5-3 52.83% 99.41 28.0% 78.8%
New Jersey Devils 7-7-2 49.55% 101.42 20.4% 66.7%

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Caps vs Blue Jackets Pregame: Happy Veterans Day!

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Photo: Jamie Sabau

Can they make it three? To beat the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, the Washington Capitals might want to try playing the full sixty minutes of the hockey game.

Then again, the Blue Jackets are pretty bad. We shall see at 7 PM tonight– either from your seats on Verizon Center or via the good people at CSN Washington.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 6-5-3 53.2% 99.1 28.9% 77.1%
Columbus Blue Jackets 4-9-1 47.9% 96.8 22.4% 76.9%

Programming note: I might be on the road, so you might get a very special, very русский recap tonight.

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