Caps at Flyers Pregame: End of the Road (Trip)

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Listen up, you ignorant lemmings! You think the Caps are good just because they’re on a 103-point pace and haven’t lost a game since the late 80s? Well, you gotta be better than good to beat the Philadelphia Flyers. You think, just ’cause they’re 24th in puck possession, the Capitals are gonna run roughshod over ‘em?

Yeah, probably.

But the Caps are on the back half of a road back-to-back, and the Flyers are gonna do nasty stuff after the whistle, so really anything can happen.

7 PM on CSN. Crash the net.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 21-11-7 52.0% 100.2 23.1% 79.2%
Philadelphia Flyers 15-18-7 48.1% 101.7 22.0% 75.0%

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Caps at Leafs Pregame: Phil the Thrill

For once, it’s not our team that’s the hot wreck. The Capitals, with their stable coach and winning record and improving possession, traveled to Toronto last night in anticipation of tonight’s game against the Maple Leafs, who just fired coach Randy Carlyle and are currently in the process of deciding whether or not they should maybe eat their young.

7 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 20-11-7 52.0% 100.2 23.5% 78.9%
Toronto Maple Leafs 21-16-3 44.9% 101.7 20.1% 82.2%

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Caps vs Panthers Pregame: Brunch, Anyone?

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After our first Friday and Saturday off in forever, man, the Capitals will play host to the Florida Panthers for an afternoon matinee at Verizon Center. If you’re searching for a narrative, “Winter Classic hangover” should be a good one.

Watch with us at 3 PM on CSN-DC.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 19-11-7 51.1% 100.3 23.0% 78.0%
Florida Panthers 17-10-9 52.2% 99.4 14.6% 81.0%

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Caps vs Hawks Pregame: The Winter Classic

The Washington Capitals’ all-time outdoor scoring leader, Eric Fehr.

Let me start with this: Welcome to 2015, RMNB. I hope it’s a safe and happy one for you, and I hope you eat delicious food. That’s important.

In a few hours, or– if it’s sunny, a few hours after that– the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks will drop the puck at Nationals Park in DC for the Winter Classic. There’s gonna be pageantry, patriotism, and marked-up merchandise. There’s also going to be hockey. Let’s talk about that last part.

The game starts 1 PM on NBC, unless it starts later, which we don’t know yet.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 18-11-7 51.1% 100.3 22.9% 77.8%
Chicago Blackhawks 25-10-2 54.9% 100.7 18.7% 90.5%

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Winter Classic Pregame: A Hawk-Eye’s View

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It’s here, and there’s no use chirping at the other squad at this point. Except to say…we dare not say anything at the moment, actually. Other than the CSN-Chicago lady we ran into who told us how f*%#@ing cold Chicago is, we’re just not going there. That, and our contributor today actually likes DC, and so now we’re feeling like jerks to whizz all over Chicago…which is, in the end, a great city.

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Caps at Islanders Pregame: Last Stop at Nassau

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Photo: Islesblogger

Barring a postseason meeting, tonight will be the last time the Washington Capitals will ever play at Nassau Coliseum.

Nassau is a weird beast, smallish by NHL standards, hard to reach using mass transit, but beloved for its legacy and dumpy-ness nonetheless.

It was here that Bossy scored at will. It was here that Potvin won three Norrises. It was here that Dale Hunter made the cheapest of cheap shots (and earned what was at the time the longest suspension in league history).

The Isles brought the Cup home to Nassau four times– in a freaking row– in the early eighties. Now, at the edge of 2015, I wouldn’t be too surprised if they do it again. The Isles are a good team, and they’d certainly like to make Nassau proud before they move to Brooklyn, the edge of the island, at the start of next season.

7 on PM on CSN. Let’s say goodbye to the old dump together. Go Caps.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 18-11-6 51.3% 100.1 23.8% 78.2%
New York Islanders 23-11-1 53.0% 99.5 17.9% 74.0%

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Caps at Penguins Pregame: No Holiday Hangover

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How was your holiday break? Did you get any good gifts? I got a neat shirt. Please, please, please tell me you washed your RMNB shirt before you put it on. This is serious, man. Promise me.

Tonight the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Capitals at Consol. It’s the first match-up of the season between the two– at 7:30 PM on NBC Sportsnet. It’s gonna be a show.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 17-11-6 51.2% 99.8 25.0% 77.4%
Pittsburgh Penguins 22-7-5 50.6% 102.3 23.9% 86.8%

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Caps at Rangers Pregame: We Won’t Go Until We Get Some

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Chag Sameach, homies. We’ve got one more game before everyone shuts down for holiday silliness. Problem is– this game’s against the big bad New York Rangers. The Caps and the Rangers are pretty much in the same spot in the standings, so this game will factor big when it comes to sorting the Metro teams.

Join us, won’t you, on CSN for a 7 PM bout at Madison Square Garden. Bring the figgy pudding and adult egg nog. We won’t go until we get some. We won’t go until we get some. We won’t go until we get some. So score us some goals.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 17-10-6 50.9% 99.9 25.3% 77.8%
New York Rangers 17-10-4 49.8% 101.7 15.8% 82.3%

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Sad Lundqvist is sad

Sad Lundqvist is sad.

‘Tis the holiday season and we’re just going to go ahead and assume you’ve all been enjoying the pretty presents being handed out by our Capitals. Greenie going great, Ovi being unbelieoviable, Nicky being all under-stated and awesomely Swedie and such; Brooks and Braden and Beags and every other present that we really really REALLY want this year. (You know which one, Santa.)

We want those sweet, sweet holiday goodies to keep flowing – so no being naughty for us! At least until it’s safe to be smug jerks again. Thus we dispense with the reminders of the smelly awfulness of the Rags (we’re being nice!) and introduce you instead to Joe Fortunato, resident smarty and managing editor at Blueshirt Banter, for his thoughts on tonight’s tilt.

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Caps at Devils Pregame: Moar Points! Never Enough Points!

At 7 PM tonight the Caps will lace up at Prudential Center in hopes of extending their point streak. Well, hopefully they’ll have laced up sometime before 7 PM or else warm-ups would have been a mess, but you get my point. The game starts at 7.

Okay, the broadcast starts at 7. The game will start at like 7:07 or something, but everyone usually agrees that saying it starts at 7 is sufficient. Unless there’s some kind of pregame ceremony, but why are you even bringing that up, you’re making this way harder than it needs to be.

Caps at Devils at 7:07 ish PM, and with any luck they’ll be wearing ice skates by then.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 15-10-6 51.0% 99.5 26.1% 76.3%
New Jersey Devils 12-16-6 49.7% 100.1 22.2% 77.6%

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