Caps vs Flyers Pregame: Will Cooler Heads Prevail?

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^ Inevitable

The Caps are off to a rockin’ start against the Flyers. Their 2-0 win on Thursday gave us a lot to smile about. Nate Schmidt, here’s to you.

Now it’s Saturday, and Sean Couturier is out, plus the Flyers have yet to score a goal this series. They’re a feisty team and eager to remedy some of their mistakes from the other night. Caps fans: hold onto your hats and hold onto your hearts.

Puck drop. 7 PM. CSN-DC. It’s gonna be lit.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 56-18-8 52.0% 101.1 21.9% (5th) 85.2% (2nd)
Philadelphia Flyers 41-27-14 50.1% 100.5 18.9% (11th) 80.5% (20th)

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Caps vs Flyers Pregame: It Begins

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Photo: Chris Gordon

Pitter-patter, let’s get at ‘er. The regular season is over and now the real dance begins.

At 7 PM tonight, the Capitals and the Flyers will face off at Verizon Center (or on CSN-DC).

You’ve been waiting for this since last May, and now it’s here. Crash the net.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 56-18-8 52.0% 101.1 21.9% (5th) 85.2% (2nd)
Philadelphia Flyers 41-27-14 50.1% 100.5 18.9% (11th) 80.5% (20th)

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Caps vs Ducks Pregame: The End of the Beginning

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Proud parents of a superstar, rocking the Kris Kross look

Today marks the end of the regular season. Tonight’s game against the Ducks, a make-up game from the snowstorm, means precious little, but come tomorrow– that’s then the big show begins.

Let’s enjoy tonight for what it is– exhibition hockey against a good, fun team.

Puck drop at 7:30 PM. Coverage on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 56-17-8 52.0% 101.2 22.2% (4th) 85.0% (4th)
Anaheim Ducks 45-25-11 52.9% 98.8 23.4% (1st) 87.1% (1st)

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Caps at Blues Pregame: #RMNB9 is Tonight!

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There are basically no stakes for tonight’s hockey game, the 81st in the Caps’ 82-game regular-season campaign. No stakes save one: Braden Holtby’s last chance at tying Martin Brodeur’s record for most wins in a single season.

Oh and also this: It’s #RMNB9! If you’re in the area, come to RFD and watch the game with us!

Puck drop for Caps at Blues is at 8 PM. Let’s dance.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 55-17-8 51.8% 102.0 22.4% (4th) 84.8% (4th)
St. Louis Blues 49-23-9 52.7% 101.0 21.8% (6th) 85.0% (3rd)

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Caps vs Pens Pregame: Milestones and Health

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Photo: Amanda Bowen

It’s game 79 of the regular season for the Caps. They’ve had the standings locked up since about game 7. Yes, it’d be nice to beat the Pens. And of course, it would be encouraging to see a great effort from the guys in red as the playoffs grow nearer. But Jean-Paul Sartre would definitely say “I told you so” when we come to the realization that the existence of this game precedes its essence.

But the great thing about meaningless things is that we’re left free to assign our own meaning. There’s some cool stuff that we can choose to care about to make this game more enjoyable. There’s Braden Holtby‘s pursuit of the single-season record for wins by a goalie and Alex Ovechkin trying to hit the 50 goal mark again. Oh, and TJ Oshie is trying to reach 30 goals for the first time in his career, but all but one of us knew all along that would never happen.

The game is at 7 on CSN. Please, everyone stay healthy.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 55-17-7 51.9% 101.0 22.7% (3rd) 84.5% (4th)
Pittsburgh Penguins 47-25-8 53.2% 100.7 18.8% (16th) 84.0% (6th)

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Caps vs Islanders Pregame: Four Moar

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Hear that sound? Sounds like the death rattle of the 2015-16 regular season. The Caps have four more games until the Next Thing begins. We can talk about that Next Thing later– for now we’ve got a date with the Islanders.

Hang out with us at 7 PM on CSN please.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 55-17-6 51.9% 101.0 22.8% (2nd) 84.4% (4th)
New York Islanders 43-26-9 50.1% 100.5 18.7% (17th) 85.1% (2nd)

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Caps at Coyotes Pregame: Beat Pronger

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The Caps visit Chris Pronger and the Arizona Coyotes tonight. Pronger, once one of the NHL’s most feared and effective defensemen, has had a suspiciously quiet career since being traded to Arizona in January of 2015. It’s almost as if he’s not playing for them at all, his trade to Arizona was some sort of cap tomfoolery, and he’s now employed by the NHL while still on the Coyotes payroll.

Anyways, the Coyotes aren’t very good. I’ll be rooting for the Caps to light up Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, which would be good for obvious reasons but also because the dude I’m playing in my fantasy hockey championship has Smith on his team.

Reminder: This is a 10pm game and it’s on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 55-16-6 51.8% 101.3 23.0% (2nd) 84.3% (5th)
Arizona Coyotes 34-36-7 46.6% 100.6 18.7% (17th) 77.8% (27th)

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Caps at Avs Pregame: No Nicky

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The Caps have a grand total of six games left in the season. Wednesday night, they were edged by a likely playoff opponent in the shootout. We’re not going to dwell on this because the Flyers are dumb and so are skillz competitions.

Tonight, the Caps play the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs are five points out of the West’s final Wild Card spot. Coincidentally, they are appallingly atrocious in the realm of puck possession. Like, worst team in the league levels of bad. No, that is not an April Fool’s joke.

This is a team clinging to the dream of a playoff position, unlike most of the Caps’ remaining opponents in the regular season. After being held to a single goal against the Flyers, tonight would be a choice night to generate some offense. But the Caps will try to do so without one of their best offensive players.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 54-16-6 51.5% 101.3 22.9% (2nd) 84.6% (4th)
Colorado Avalanche 39-34-4 44.4% 100.5 18.8% (16th) 81.7% (14th)

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Caps at Flyers Pregame: First Round Preview?

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The other night the Caps got that little p next to their name on the NHL.com standings page, indicating that they’ve locked the Presidents’ Trophy. The remainder of the regular season means very little now except for setting the tone for the playoffs, and on that point the Caps are in Philadelphia today. Their match against the Flyers tonight is likely a prelude to the first round of the postseason.

So that’ll be interesting. Tune in at 8 PM on NBC Sports. I’ve got recap duty.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 54-16-5 51.4% 101.4 22.7% (2nd) 84.8% (4th)
Philadelphia Flyers 37-25-13 49.9% 100.9 18.0% (18th) 80.8% (19th)

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Caps vs Blue Jackets Pregame: One Point from the Prez

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Photo: Amanda Bowen

The Caps got stomped by the Blues on Saturday night. Defensive breakdowns (and bad shooting/saving percentages) sunk a decent effort, so the Caps will try again tonight against the Blue Jackets, who, I’m told, are a totally different team than the Blues. I’m not so sure, but I guess we’ll find out tonight at 7 PM on CSN-DC.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 53-16-5 51.3% 101.4 22.8% (2nd) 84.6% (5th)
Columbus Blue Jackets 30-37-8 47.4% 99.4 17.1% (22nd) 81.0% (15th)

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