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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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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Caps vs Blues Pregame: Nearing the End of the Road

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The Caps return home to face the Blues. Tonight’s game is the second half of a back-to-back for both teams. Last night, the Caps (and John Carlson!) trumped the Devils in OT, while the Blues clinched a playoff spot via their 4-0 drubbing of the Canucks.

Hopefully you’re well rested because last night’s game was a real snoozer. Tonight should be a different story, as the Blues look to be a force in the playoffs. They boast a strong defense and elite special teams. Plus, it’s TJ Oshie vs Troy Brouwer, assuming the former is healthy.

Puck drop at 7 PM on CSN-DC.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 53-15-5 51.4% 100.1 23.0% (2nd) 84.6% (4th)
St. Louis Blues 44-22-9 52.5% 101.2 21.4% (6th) 84.9% (3rd)

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Caps at Devils Pregame: We’ve Been Here Before

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Happy Maryland Day. We made this shirt. It is boss as hell. Put it on your chest.

After Tuesday’s 4-2 victory over the Sens, you might think the Caps are living la dolce vita. They officially have the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference locked up. What’s not to like?

A lot, actually. Realistically, much work remains if the Caps are going to have a serious chance at winning more than a conference title. It’s time to right the ship, and that begins tonight.

But don’t get too hype. Why? Because any hockey game involving the Devils is either a 2-1 win or loss, or a 9-2 shellacking.

7 PM. CSN-DC. See you there.

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Caps at Senators Pregame: Gimme Something Good

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The Caps come into Ottawa tonight to face a Senators team that they should beat, despite the fact that the Sens have the league’s best defenseman, Erik Karlsson, on their roster.

The Senators aren’t a very good team. If the Caps struggle, it’s another concerning performance to add to the list that’s been growing longer at an alarming rate.

But let’s not talk about that. Let’s talk about something good. I’ve compiled a wishlist for tonight’s game:

  • The Caps end the first period with the lead.
  • Braden Holtby gives up two or fewer goals.
  • The Caps are the better possession team.
  • The Caps score a PP goal.
  • Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin find their way onto the score sheet.

I’ll take a win that involves any three of these wishlist items. What’s on your wishlist for tonight?

7:30 faceoff on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 51-15-5 51.2% 101.6 23.0% (2nd) 84.1% (5th)
Ottawa Senators 34-31-8 46.7% 101.2 16.4% (26th) 75.4% (29th)

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Caps at Penguins Pregame: No Slouch

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This evening’s foe, the Pittsburgh Penguins, played yesterday, defeating the Flyers’ 4-1. A tired Penguins team might imply good things for Sunday’s game, but Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby played just 19:56 on Saturday– the first time he’s ducked under 20 minutes since Evgeni Malkin went out with injury a week ago.

Don’t believe the hype. The Penguins have rebounded since canning Mike Johnston, and they’ve been genuinely fearsome since the trade deadline. This will be a tough game.

Puck drop is at 6 PM on NBC Sports.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 51-14-5 51.3% 101.8 23.2% (1st) 84.1% (4th)
Pittsburgh Penguins 39-24-8 52.5% 100.4 17.8% (19th) 83.8% (6th)

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Caps vs Preds Pregame: Onto the Next

In case you forgot, the Caps clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night. If you’re happy and/or unsurprised and you know it, clap your hands.

Tonight, the Caps face stiffer competition in a hungry Preds team. The Preds are chilling comfortably in the West’s first Wild Card spot. Alas, a recent string of wins has them eyeing up the Blackhawks’ third-place slot in the Central Division.

7 PM. CSN-DC. It’s gonna be lit.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 50-14-5 51.3% 101.6 23.7% (1st) 84.3% (4th)
Nashville Predators 36-22-13 53.0% 99.8 19.4% (11th) 80.2% (21st)

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